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NECA news: May 2015

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NECA Sponsored Change Order Reform Legislation Moves Out of First Policy Committee

NECA sponsored legislation to ensure contractors are paid timely for “change order” work was voted out of its first policy committee yesterday. Despite opposition from virtually every public agency in the state, the bill was passed on a unanimous roll call. The bill (AB 1347) puts a process in place that requires agencies to respond to a contractors claim for payment in a timely manner, requires the agency to pay out portions of the work they acknowledge/agree they owe the contractor, and implements a fair process for resolving any disputed portions of a claim.

Significant hurdles still remain, but moving out of the first policy committee provides the issue with needed momentum. We will keep you informed on the progress of this important measure as the 2015-2016 California legislative session moves forward.

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Reminder: Cal/OSHA Changes to Heat Illness Prevention Standards

As previously reported, California’s Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board (OSHSB) has approved revisions to California’s heat illness prevention regulations.

After the regulations were approved by OSHSB, we requested a clarification document from Cal/OSHA regarding some of the grey areas to assist with compliance. That guidance document has been released and can be viewed at the following link:

http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/documents/Heat-Illness-Prevention-Regulation-Amendments.pdf

General information on the Heat Illness Prevention Program can be found at the following link:

http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/heatillnessinfo.html

The amended regulations will go into effect on May 1, 2015. We strongly recommend that all contractors and safety coordinators take time to review the new requirements.

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