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ABC So-Cal Announces New President/CEO

The ABC So-Cal Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dawn Benton as the new President/CEO of the ABC Southern California Chapter. Current President Sue McNiel will serve as Executive Vice President during the on-boarding and transition period.

Dawn has relocated from Sacramento where she served as CEO of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  California Society of Health-System Pharmacists is the largest state association for pharmacists, representing over 5,000 members.  Dawn has a proven track record that demonstrates expertise in organizational structure, advocacy, strategy development, crisis management, and customer satisfaction. She has managed all business of the association including membership expansion, membership retention, finances, conference planning, policy development and government relations.  Dawn holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College of California.

Dawn will be a great asset to our chapter and the ideal person to build on what we have already achieved and lead us forward through new challenges and opportunities.

Dawn will begin her new role starting September 1st.  Please join us in welcoming Dawn to the ABC Southern California Chapter!

2015 Construction Legal Forum - AALRR
Wednesday, September 30, 2015  7:30 - 11:30 am
Sheraton Cerritos Hotel

A program designed to successfully survive today’s construction industry bringing challenging issues to the forefront and new insights into legal challenges and opportunities.  Participants will walk away with invaluable information and resources designed to protect your bottom line in today’s environment.

Hear from industry/legal experts who will present informative information on a variety of topics to include: Prevailing Wage, Record Keeping, Mechanics Liens and a comprehensive Legislative Update. You will also have opportunities to network with construction industry participants and AALRR attorneys.

Special Guest Speaker:
Steven D. Atkinson, Senior Partner; Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. Atkinson will provide his insights of the construction industry, legal challenges and awards. 

Sheraton Cerritos Hotel
12725 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA  90703

7:30 am. Registration/Breakfast
8:00 am.-11:30 am. Program

► Panel Discussion: Legislative Update
► Essentials of Record Keeping: The Overlooked Key to Project Success
► Prevailing Wage: Essential Compliance Areas
► Advanced Mechanics Liens: Why Claims Fail

Registration Fee:
$69 per person*
$49 each for two or more from same organization or AALRR client.
*Registration fee includes breakfast and conference materials from each session.

For more information contact Jane Guesnon at 562.653.3828 or
new class offered for permit required confined space for construction!

To help our employers stay in compliance with required training, ABC is adding a Permit Required Confined Space for Construction training class to our schedule on Wednesday, September 2 (7:30 am to 1:00 pm).  More classes may be added as needed.  Please visit our Safety section for additional information on this new standard and how it may affect you and your workforce.
Class Flyer.

Final rule issued on confined spaces in construction 

OSHA recently issued a final rule for confined spaces in construction, which mirrors the general industry standard but adds certain provisions tailored specifically to the construction industry including an emphasis on training, monitoring and evaluating, as well as communication on multi-employer sites. The rule is set to go into effect Aug. 3.   Read More...  OSHA FactSheet

New Version of OSHA’s Required Job Safety Poster Now Available

OSHA released its latest version of their “Job Safety and Health—It's The Law!” poster April 29 which employers must display if covered by the OSH Act or be subjected to citations or penalties if they fail to do so. Employers do not need to replace previous versions of the poster. The poster is free and can be downloaded on OSHA’s website. 

This is the first time the poster has been updated since 2007 and includes new employer obligations for reporting to OSHA within 24 hours of a worker suffering an amputation, the loss of an eye or any incident that results in at least one worker being hospitalized.  More information is available at

ABC So-Cal competitors represented well at Natl's, job well done and we couldn't be prouder!  Our electricians finished strong and our plumbers took 1st and 2nd place in the competition.  Read the National news release!
ALERT! SB 854 - What You Need to Know About the New Registration Program for Public Works Contractors - updated

DIR’s upgraded electronic certified payroll reporting (eCPR) system is now in use. 

Contractors and subcontractors on all public works projects awarded on or after April 1, 2015, must use this system to furnish certified payroll records (CPRs) to the Labor Commissioner. Contractors and subcontractors who have been submitting PDF copies of their CPRs for earlier projects must also begin using the new system.

CPRs can be imported automatically using an XML file or uploaded individually onto an online form. The eCPR application supports Internet Explorer 9 and higher, and the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. No additional software is required.

Exemptions: Please refer to the list of projects for which contractors must use different payroll reporting methods.
Electronic Certified Payroll Reporting (eCPR) System
eCPR User Guide

Contractor Registration
Contractors and subcontractors must register with DIR and meet certain requirements before bidding or working on public works in California. Read the SB 854 Fact Sheet for a complete list of requirements.

Registration is completed online and requires payment of a non-refundable annual fee of $300. Registration and renewal is on a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) basis.

Make sure you are registered before you bid on Public Works Projects!

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