Saturday, December 29, 2012

12 Days of Firewise - Don't allow decks or porches be fuel for a wildfire.



Firewise Northeast Regional Advisor Heidi Wagner cautions that decks and porches are part of your house. They can act as fuel bridges to a fire.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

CalChamber News: Positive Changes for Employers on ADA in 2013



(December 20, 2012) California employers can expect some positive changes in 2013. The latest CalChamber News segment today highlights SB 1186, a bill designed to protect business owners from predatory or frivolous lawsuits under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

The law is the bipartisan product authored by Democrat Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (Sacramento) and recently termed-out Republican Senator Bob Dutton (Rancho Cucamonga).
California has 40% of the nation's ADA lawsuits but only 12% of the country's disabled population. SB 1186 is much needed relief.

Previously, owners of restaurants like Sacramento's Squeeze Inn would receive so-called 'demand letters' from attorneys seeking money in exchange for not filing an access lawsuit. Those letters can no longer be used under the new law.

"This bill provides relief to business owners and commercial property owners who were prior victims and targeted for shakedown lawsuits," explains CalChamber Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel Erika Frank. "The potential damages that could have been awarded have been reduced and the so-called demand-for-money letters that used to be sent are no longer allowed under the new law."

Sunday, December 23, 2012

CalChamber News Highlights New Employment Laws Having Impact on Californ...



(December 18, 2012) As the end of the year rapidly approaches, the California Chamber of Commerce is reminding businesses about impacts on employment practices from several new laws. Two such examples are covered in the latest installment of CalChamber News: AB 1844 dealing with employer access to personal social media accounts; and AB 2674, which makes significant changes to the inspection and retention of personnel records.

Friday, December 21, 2012

NFPA -- We develop the code. We know the code. We teach the code.



NFPA instructors are the best-of-the-best. The National Fire Protection Association represents over 70,000 active members involved in fire, building and life safety. Members of the NFPA technical committees share their expertise and contribute to the codes and standards process. And the best of those are tapped to teach. Bob Caputo is one of those instructors whose dedication and enthusiasm is clearly apparent in each of the over 1,000 training programs offered each year. For more information, go to http://www.nfpa.org/training

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

The 2013 New American Home: Phase 2


Construction on the 2013 New American Home moves into Phase 2 with the introduction of the rough trades and the installation of Sierra Pacific windows.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

California's Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program


California Law requires that all drivers be insured. However, too many low-income drivers remain uninsured because the costs of standard insurance premiums are beyond their financial reach. The California Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program provides affordable liability only auto insurance that meets the state's financial responsibility laws. More information is available from www.mylowcostauto.com.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Put a Freeze on Winter Fires


The United State Fire Administration and National Fire Protection Association are working together to remind everyone that home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. This is due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires. Holiday decorations and winter storms that can interrupt electrical service and cause people to turn to alternative heating sources also contribute to the increased risk of fire in winter. Winter fires can be prevented!

Learn more at http://www.nfpa.org/winter

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Firewise Regional Advisor Highlights Community Mitigation Projects



In this interview with NFPA's LisaMarie Sinatra, Faith Berry, Firewise Southwest 1 Regional Advisor, highlights a few of the (http://www.firewise.org) Firewise projects communities in California and Arizona are participating in.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Changes In California Construction Law

SB474 California Construction Law:
 
Expanding the Prohibition on “Type I” Indemnity Agreements.
 
As of January 1, 2013, "Type I" indemnity agreements will no longer be enforceable in most construction contracts. The new law, which will apply to contracts entered into on and after January 1, 2013, expands the class of indemnity provisions that are unenforceable under California law. It also imposes stricter limitations on the ability of developers and general contractors to require their subcontractors to cover litigation defense costs. The new law, which will apply to contracts entered into on and after January 1, 2013, expands the class of indemnity provisions that are unenforceable under California law. It also imposes stricter limitations on the ability of developers and general contractors to require their subcontractors to cover litigation defense costs.