Legislative Updates by Richard Markuson, PHCC of California Lobbyist

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What Else’s On the November Ballot?  In addition to the constitutional races we talked about last time, California voters will be asked to make six choices about major policy issues. Proposition 1 – $7.12 billion bond for California’s water system. Californians last approved a water-related bond in 2006, known as Proposition 84. The measure authorized $5.4 billion in bonds for …

PHCC of California Legislative Updates by Richard Markuson, CAPHCC Lobbyist

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What Do Likely voters Think of the Candidates? Recent polling suggests Democrats will sweep the constitutional races – with one possible exception – Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI). In this non-partisan race, Marshall Tuck leads incumbent SPI Tom Torlakson with a large undecided. One can assume the teachers’ unions will try to reverse those numbers. While the recent debate for …

Congress to Consider Another “CR” by Mark Riso, Director of Government Relations, PHCC National

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The federal government’s 2015 fiscal year begins October 1, 2014.  Since there is no approved budget, the House and Senate must pass (and the President must sign) a Continuing Resolution (CR) by that time in order to avoid a government shutdown.  Though no one believes that Congress won’t pass a CR to keep the government funded, the issue will be …

AB 2416 – We Won!

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  Doesn’t it feel great to make a difference?  Together, we did what no one can do alone, and prevailed on AB 2416, the Cal Chamber ‘Job Killer’ Bill that threatened to allow employees to attach wage liens to construction projects without due process!  Thanks to you and your participation, the way all C-36 Contractors do business is protected!  Our …

Labor Law Update by Richard Markuson, Lobbyist, CAPHCC

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Labor Law Update Sexual harassment claims now trigger NLRA considerations for all employers  If you are a regular reader of this column, you know that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is becoming more of an activist body. The NLRB continued its trend in Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, Inc. where it held an employee was engaged in “concerted activity” for the …

Legislative Update by Richard Markuson, Lobbyist, CAPHCC

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One of the more interesting bills this year is AB 1415 by former Assembly Speaker John Pérez and Senate President Pro-Tem elect Kevin de Leon. Until August 22 the bill extended, from 30 days to 45 days, the time any interested person has to obtain judicial review of a given determination by filing a written petition requesting that the determination …

PHCC Action Alert! Oppose AB2416

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Greetings PHCC of California Member and business-minded industry partner, This is very important…to you.PHCC is a member of a large coalition of business and good government groups who oppose AB 2416. The bill is a CalChamber “job killer” and we would like you to contact your Senator to ask them to vote NO.The bill: Allows employees, employees’ representatives, including creditors, …

Legislative Update by Richard Markuson, Lobbyist, CAPHCC

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Update on State Public Works License We previously reported that DIR would “incentivize” early signups for the new public works license by giving two years for the price of one. That policy has been abandoned. According to Eric Rood at DLSE, “There are right now two critical trigger dates for this fiscal year.  All contractors must be registered with DIR …

Legislative Updates by Richard Markuson, CAPHCC Lobbyist

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July 31, 2014 State Run Private Retirement The Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board met yesterday in Sacramento. The board was established by SB 1234 (deLéon), the bill passed in 2012 to study and recommend steps to establish a state-run retirement system for employees of private companies. You can learn more about the board and find meeting agendas, schedules and …

CAPHCC Legislative Update by Richard Markuson, Lobbyist

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PW Contractor Registration Site On-Line The State’s website for online registration before bidding on public works contracts in California is live. The application also provides agencies that administer public works programs with a searchable database of qualified contractors. Legislation Apprenticeship The Senate Labor Committee approved PHCC opposed AB 1870 by Assembly Member Alejo (D-Salinas) that recasts the allocation of J-man …