ADA LEGISLATION AT STATE AND FEDERAL LEVELS

Posted: March 24, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Modesto Bee has been doing a good job following and reporting on issues related to ADA lawsuits in the state.  Although several bills have addressed and reduced the number of frivolous lawsuits over the past two years, the potential for frivolous action is still unacceptably high.  Several bills are moving through at the state and federal (see below) levels to continue to enact sensible reforms that provide access while minimizing legal harassment. AB 913 (Gray; D-Merced) is one of the state ...

BILLS BILLS BILLS!

Posted: March 24, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
As of this point in the 2017 legislative year a collective 2,694 bills have been introduced. The 80 members of the Assembly have introduced 1,804; while the 40 members of the State Senate have introduced 890 bills, for an average of about 22 per each member of the legislature. On behalf of the commercial real estate industry, we are currently tracking 426 bills and yesterday in Los Angeles a group of real estate leaders convened that included lawyers and practitioners, gathered to review and set ...

BILLS BILLS BILLS – LEAN SUPPORT/SUPPORT!

Posted: March 24, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Here a few bills the committee approved a support position. AB 12    (Cooley D)   State government: administrative regulations: review. Summary: Would require each state agency to, on or before January 1, 2020, review that agency’s regulations, identify any regulations that are duplicative, overlapping, inconsistent, or out of date, to revise those identified regulations, as provided, and report to the Legislature and Governor, as specified. The bill would repeal these provisions on January ...

BILLS BILLS BILLS – LEAN OPPOSE/OPPOSE!

Posted: March 24, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Here a few bills were the committee approved an oppose position. AB 5    (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Employers: Opportunity to Work Act. Summary: Would create the Opportunity to Work Act. The bill would require an employer with 10 or more employees to offer additional hours of work to an existing nonexempt employee before hiring an additional employee or subcontractor, except as specified, would require an employer to post a notice of employee rights, as specified, and would require the employer ...

2017 CASp EXAM REGISTRATION

Posted: March 24, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Registration is now open for the June 2017 Certified Access Specialist (CASp) examination to be held in Sacramento and Riverside on June 28th.   Individuals with CASp certification are in high demand by clients seeking to ensure their facilities comply with applicable construction-related accessibility standards, including the California Building Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Obtaining CASp certification and/or encouraging an employee in your company to pursue the certification, ...

NONRESIDENTIAL HVAC STAKEHOLDER MEETING NEXT WEEK

Posted: March 24, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The second set of Utility-Sponsored Stakeholder Meetings to discuss the 2019 Title 24, Part 6 nonresidential HVAC topics will be held on March 29, 2017 as online webinars. These meetings are part of the stakeholder outreach process undertaken by the Statewide Utility Codes and Standards Team in support of the development of California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24). Through this process, the team will solicit input from stakeholders on code change options for nonresidential HVAC ...

PROTECT CONSTRUCTION JOBS; STOP PROPOSED PREVAILING WAGE MANDATE

Posted: March 10, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
***ACTION NEEDED*** AB 199 (Chu; D-San Jose) is a legislative proposal which poses a huge threat to the entire construction industry by mandating the payment of Prevailing Wages for private residential projects in California. Such a requirement would be financially devastating for new project development and the entire construction industry. Additionally, in California, housing costs are being driven by a severe shortage of housing. California is only adding 80,000 new housing units annually – ...

AB 199 WILL INCREASE COST OF HOUSING

Posted: March 10, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Our friend and coalition partner Dave Cogdill, a former state senator, and current president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association, has penned the following article to outline the damaging impacts that AB 199 would have on the state’s affordable housing crisis.  Click here to read the article.  Read More →

COMPANION ANIMAL MEASURE

Posted: March 10, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
AB 1569 (Caballero; D-Salinas) is a bill that tries to address issues related to “companion animals” in public buildings.  This is an issue that many commercial real estate and residential real estate property managers deal with on an ongoing basis.  Under state and federal ADA laws its not always clear what can and cannot be required or even asked of a tenant or visitor that has such an animal in tow.  We applaud Ms. Caballero for taking on this issue and we are looking for feedback on whether ...

ENVIRONMENTAL LAWSUIT BILL

Posted: March 10, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
We are also pushing back and opposing SB 49 (de León; D-Los Angeles) an overbroad bill that includes a private right of action for environmental laws similar to the Private Attorneys General Act provisions that have led to shakedown lawsuits for alleged labor and employment law violations. According to the CalChamber, which has just tagged this bill as a “Job Killer,” the bill is an attempt to deal with California concerns about the uncertainty at the federal level associated with environmental ...
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