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CPSA Requests Governor Veto Contractor Liability Bill

This week, the California Pool and Spa Association submitted comments to Governor Jerry Brown registering our opposition to AB 1701. The CPSA is part of a coalition organized by the California Building Industry Association that contains 66 other groups composed of contractors and members of the business community that alsoRead the Rest…

CPSA Joins Coalition Opposed to Bill Penalizing Contractors

The California Pool & Spa Association (CPSA) has joined the California Building Industry Association and others to fight AB 1701, which unfairly imposes liability onto a direct contractor for the wage and hour violations of a subcontractor that the direct contractor did not cause. AB 1701, by Assembly Member Tony ThurmondRead the Rest…

Dangerous New Bills as Session Ends

The California Legislature just returned from its month long summer recess, and as they say, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature are in session!” On that note, new draft amendments were just circulated to existing bills that would provide language and authority for the Governor’sRead the Rest…

Regulations Frustrate Small Business Owners – More on the Way

Frustration has been growing in the small business community over the increasing number of laws and regulations that must be complied with in California. The number of regulations has ballooned in recent years, leaving small business owners struggling to keep up and living under a cloud of potential lawsuits ifRead the Rest…

Contracting State License Board to Consider Increased Penalties and Other Actions

As part of the Contractors State Licensing Board 2016-2018 Strategic Plan Update, the CSLB intends to research increased penalties for predatory business practices, misrepresentation of services, or need of services. This analysis will be completed next month. The Strategic Plan also calls for reviewing home improvement contract provisions, including identifyingRead the Rest…

CPSA Submits Comments on Proposed Building Ordinance

“Backyards consisting of a traditional grass play area and a swimming pool could be a thing of the past if the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance is enacted as proposed,” according to John Norwood, President of the California Pool and Spa Association. Last week the California Pool and Spa AssociationRead the Rest…

CPSA Newsletter – November

The November edition of the CPSA newsletter gives a recap for our members of the year’s legislative issues affecting the industry, gives an important recall notice, and alerts contractors to a recent change in coverage regarding work with subcontractors. This newsletter is also available to read and download as aRead the Rest…

Court Ruling Denies Coverage for Subcontractor Negligence

A recent court ruling by a Federal District Court in Georgia has found that the insurance policy of a general contractor does not cover damage caused by the negligence of their subcontractor. The dispute arose when a swimming pool contractor filed a claim over the costs of damage they allegedRead the Rest…

Labor Contracting Bill Becomes Law

Aiming to reduce workplace labor violations, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation this past week that could potentially impose liability on businesses who utilize subcontractors.  Under Democratic Assembly Member Roger Hernandez’s AB 1897, California employers will now share joint liability for wage, hour and work condition violations with any contracting group theyRead the Rest…

Independent Contractor or Day Laborer? What’s the Correct Employee Classification?

Properly reporting employee payroll taxes to state departments is crucial for contractors to avoid accidentally misclassifying staff and subjecting their business to penalties and fines. The Employment Development Department provides free classroom style and online presentations to help contractors learn the ropes of state employer reporting and employee classification laws.Read the Rest…