• News for Builders Corner

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    For Immediate Release The Alternative Management Standard (AMS), which allows waste haulers to accept treated wood waste (TWW) from residential and commercial customers, expired on December 31, 2020 when Governor Newsome vetoed a bill to extend the statute (HSC 25150.7) and regulations (22 CCR 67386.1 et seq.).   For this reason, beginning January 1, 2021, waste haulers in the County of Marin ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy and Legislation, Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News, Builders Corner, Community, Green Building - Sustainability, Press Release
    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Jan. 26, 2021 Certain situations like illegality or coercion can invalidate a contract in whole or in part.This feature is a part of "The Dotted Line" series, which takes an in-depth look at the complex legal landscape of the construction industry. To view the entire series, click here. Most contractors are well aware that they must abide by the ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Builders Corner
    Wednesday, January 20, 2021
    Back in the spring, lots of people thought that COVID-19 was going to have short-term effects on the world, and then everyone would move on. As it turns out, systemic changes in business practices will continue into the new year and beyond. Companies are thinking about how to use commercial spaces when they don’t necessarily want people to come in. With this information, you’ll have a sense of ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Member News, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources
    Wednesday, January 20, 2021
    CSLB Launches Online Payment for Citations   To make paying for CSLB-issued citations easier, licensees and non-licensees now have the option to either make citation payments online viaCSLB’s website or submit them by mail.      For those who want to pay online, visit CSLB’s website (www.cslb.ca.gov), select “Online Services,” and then click on “Citation Payment.”  All you need is your ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner
    Friday, January 15, 2021
    What You Need to Know About Second Draw PPP LoansKey insightsMany entities that were eligible to participate in the first round of the PPP, received a PPP loan, and have fully used those proceeds are eligible to apply for a second draw PPP loan.Second draw PPP loans include a new revenue reduction requirement affecting eligibility.Requesting a re-sizing of your initial PPP loan may result in ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips, Member News
    Friday, January 15, 2021
    CalSavers is a state-sponsored retirement savings program for private sector workers whose employers do not offer a retirement plan. This program gives employers an easy way to help their employees save for retirement, with no employer fees, no fiduciary liability, and minimal employer responsibilities. Employers are required to comply either by offering their own retirement plan and registering ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy and Legislation, Business Tips, Builders Corner, Member News
    Friday, January 15, 2021
    With news that the Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for multiple COVID-19 vaccines, many of our friends in the construction industry have asked whether they can require or mandate that their employees receive one of the vaccines. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently updated its guidance on COVID-19-related employment issues to indicate that ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News, Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Safety
    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Jan. 12, 2021 Construction DiveDive Brief:A new California law that went into effect Jan. 1 allows state regulators to shut down jobsites that expose workers to an imminent hazard of COVID-19 infection, while eliminating a previously required 15-day rebuttal period for contractors to respond to any alleged “serious violations” related to COVID-19, according to the ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy and Legislation, Business Tips, Safety, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources
    Thursday, January 07, 2021
    Billions for roads, harbors, schools, military housing, broadband and clean energy is aimed at spurring construction AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Jan. 7, 2021 Construction Dive The term “construction” appears 636 times in the $908 billion pandemic relief package and $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump at the end of December. In other ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips, Builders Corner
    Thursday, January 07, 2021
    In an emergency situation, evacuating employees out of a building poses unique challenges.  Appropriate exits, emergency lighting, communication systems, alarms and sprinkler systems are critical for employee safety. Emergency routes need to be developed, posted, and properly maintained to ensure easy accessibly in an emergency situation.  Drills are a critical component of all emergency actions ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News, Safety, Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Member News
    Wednesday, January 06, 2021
    Contractor credits Concrete Decor for showing her the way Written by Stacey Enesey Klemenc January 5, 2021Concrete Decor Concrete contractor Kimberley Robles credits Concrete Decor back in the early 2000s for developing her interests in decorative concrete. Back then, she was a journeyman cement mason and the magazine was just getting its legs. “That’s how I found out about all these cool ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member News, Press Release, Builders Corner
    Thursday, December 31, 2020
    Objective: To inform organizations of measures they can take to increase the security of their data, computer, and network systems. The advancement of information technology has made it easier than ever to run a small business, but your organization, as well as your customers and their data, may be at risk unless proper cybersecurity measures are in place. Download this week's training short ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Safety, Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News
    Thursday, December 31, 2020
    Curative testing sites remain free in Marin, but appointments must be scheduled in advance through the Curative website (available in English and Spanish). Appointment slots open about 3-4 days in advance of each scheduled testing day. The updated schedule of Marin County based Curative test sites includes:Bolinas: Mondays, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM; Bolinas Fire Station (100 Mesa Road) Larkspur: ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member News, Builders Corner, Marin Builders Association News, Safety, COVID-19 Resources, Press Release
    Wednesday, December 23, 2020
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    Categories: Builders Corner, Community, Member News, Business Tips, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release
    Tuesday, December 22, 2020
    AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Dec. 21, 2020 Construction DiveDive Brief:Construction workers should receive the coronavirus vaccine after other frontline essential workers and people age 75 and older, according to recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.ACIP voted that the roughly 30 million Americans that fall into ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Safety, COVID-19 Resources
    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    12/17/20 | 2020-21 EEOC Issues COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance for EmployersIntroduction On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released much anticipated new guidance on the interaction of various equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws with the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine. Of significant note, this guidance effectively permits employers to implement a ...read more
    Categories: Cornerstone Partner News, Safety, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources
    Tuesday, December 15, 2020
    AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Dec. 15, 2020 Construction DiveDive Brief:A new study tracking the results of more than 730,000 COVID-19 tests found that construction workers had the highest positivity rates for asymptomatic cases of any occupation, including healthcare staff, first responders, correctional personnel, elderly care workers, grocery store workers and food service employees.The ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Community, Safety
    Monday, December 14, 2020
    AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Dec. 14, 2020 Construction Dive As the end of 2020 approaches, even as many construction businesses are still struggling with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time to close out the year financially. That means it's time for tax planning and the consideration of other financial issues, both of which will hopefully put contractors in the best ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips
    Wednesday, December 09, 2020
    Please familiarize yourself with the following new regulations/guidelines:  Cal/OSHA has recently issued Cal/OSHA Emergency Regulations to Protect Workers from COVID-19, which are now in effect. There is a one-page fact sheetand FAQs which provide a summary of the regulations. Requirements include: A site-specific, written COVID-19 prevention (see model COVID-19 prevention program) to ...read more
    Categories: Community, Marin Builders Association News, Safety, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Press Release
    Monday, November 30, 2020
    Are more stop-work orders ahead? Here's what to do to be able to come back in stride. AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Nov. 30, 2020 Construction DiveThis is the second in a two-part series about the potential impacts of the country's surging coronavirus outbreak on the construction industry. Click here for Part 1. With COVID-19 surging out of control across the country, and daily death tolls ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips
    Monday, November 30, 2020
    AB 685 Creates Employer COVID-19 Notice Requirements and Expands Cal/OSHA Powers effective January 1, 2021 On November 20, 2020, the OSHA Board unanimously adopted proposed regulations that impose requirements on employers to promulgate written policies regarding COVID-19 Prevention Plans.  The new regulations will go into effect December 1, if approved by the Office of Administrative Law, and ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy and Legislation, Business Tips, Event Related, Member News, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release
    Monday, November 30, 2020
    Better Makers: 5 Ways Our Community Is Coming Together During Covid-19 by Sabrina Tuton-Filson October 22, 2020MARIN MagazineDoors of Hope Program Created to Support Three Marin NonprofitsProviding local employment opportunities and giving back to community organizations. The Fresh Coat of Marin“Doors of Hope” program is creating a visual symbol of hope to homeowners, business owners, employees ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, Community, Press Release
    Tuesday, November 24, 2020
    AUTHOR Jenn Goodman PUBLISHED Nov. 24, 2020 CONSTRUCTION DIVE CPA Jack Callahan sheds light on the new loan necessity questionnaire for Paycheck Protection Program borrowers, a requirement that has been called "confusing and burdensome" by industry groups. Construction firms that received a Paycheck Protection Program loan of more than $2 million got news late last month that they will be ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips
    Friday, November 20, 2020
    NOVATO, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2020) - CP Lab Safety, a Woman Owned Small Business in Marin County, California, announced their new at-home saliva collection kit for COVID-19 Testing. This process uses (RT)-PCR technology (Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction) to diagnose active infections of the virus. The sample is gathered at home and shipped to a certified laboratory. Once it is received at the lab, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member News, Safety, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Press Release
    Monday, November 16, 2020
    There are dozens of construction fields. If you’re not sure which one to pursue, how do you decide? The trick is to think about which areas have a lot of growth potential, and which ones are well-suited for the kind of career you want to have. You might have to try out a few directions before you are sure which one will be the most appropriate for your goals. With this information, you’ll know the ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Construction Education & Training, Member News, Builders Corner, Community, Marin Builders Association News
    Thursday, November 12, 2020
    Contractors have just 15 days to decide whether they want to contest a citation and proposed penalty or simply pay it and move on. AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Nov. 9, 2020 CONSTRUCTION DIVE While no one would disagree with OSHA's mission, which is to ensure the safety of U.S. workers through compliance with the agency’s standards, the prospect of a workplace inspection might rattle ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Safety, Business Tips
    Thursday, November 12, 2020
    Marin School of Environmental Leadership (MarinSEL) Engineering Class Little Lending Library Building Proposal 2020-2021Our Ask: We are seeking donations to purchase and assemble 28 power tool kits. Currently, we have secured $6000.00 of our $12,000.00 goal. These kits will be lent to Junior students enrolled in the Marin School of Environmental Leadership (MarinSEL) Engineering Class so they ...read more
    Categories: Construction Education & Training, Builders Corner, Community
    Saturday, November 07, 2020
    AUTHOR  Joe Bousquin Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Nov. 7, 2020 CONSTRUCTION DIVEFrom infrastructure spending and union support to immigration, taxes and regulations, the construction industry will face a new set of challenges and opportunities under a Biden administration. After a contentious election week that includes the potential for continued lawsuit and recounts, major news outlets ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Advocacy and Legislation, Business Tips
    Monday, November 02, 2020
    AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Oct. 29, 2020Dive Brief:A second wave of business impacts from COVID-19 is reverberating through construction contractors’ operations, and those consequences are getting worse as the pandemic wears on, according to the latest survey results from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).More contractors reported postponed or canceled projects than new ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources
    Monday, November 02, 2020
    AUTHOR Zachary Phillips PUBLISHED Oct. 26, 2020   Dive Brief:Several of the highest-paid jobs in the country that don't require a college degree are related to the construction industry, according to a new report from Advisor Smith. Construction managers earn the second-highest salary on the list of jobs that don't require a degree, which is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.The ...read more
    Categories: Construction Education & Training, Builders Corner
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    The industry will start next year facing significant headwinds, economists and other experts predict. AUTHOR Shelley D. Hutchins, LEED-AP PUBLISHED Oct. 21, 2020 More than 10 months since the first coronavirus cases were reported in Wuhan, China, COVID-19's global spread continues to plague commercial construction. Since the pandemic hit the U.S., contractors across the country have faced a ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    Safety standard organization ASTM International is leading an effort to establish standards for reusable face coverings. AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Oct. 21, 2020 Most construction workers and site managers are very familiar with the personal protective equipment (PPE) that helps prevent workplace injuries to the head, eyes, respiratory system and other vulnerable areas of the ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Safety
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    It feels like parts of the world keep spinning, while others are set off their axis. You may have projects to complete, while your suppliers are considered non-essential. This can cause backlogs in your work, as you try to find ways to keep meeting client expectations as you can. Here are a few delays you can expect related to COVID-19, now and for several months into the future.Inspections Many ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips, Member News
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    What Kind Of A Company Are You?  One of the most dangerous terms in the industry is "General Contractor." The truth is, the real riches are made in niche markets, not generalities. These days, you will make more money faster when you know who you are, who your target market is, and how to communicate with them.  Maybe you already have a niche, but you have not done a good job articulating it. Or ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Business Tips, Community, Member News
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    Marin Builders Association and Marin Economic Forum to Evaluate the Permit Customer Experience for County of Marin    Take the Survey - San Rafael, CA - The Marin Builders Association is announcing a new partnership with the County of Marin and the Marin Economic Forum. The collaboration is designed to help improve the permit process for customers and decrease the amount of non-permitted ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Permit CEMIP Program, Advocacy and Legislation, Press Release, Marin Builders Association News
    Thursday, October 15, 2020
    On September 22, 2020, the President signed Executive Order 13950 – Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping (EO 13950). The new Executive Order is intended “to combat offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating[.]” To implement that goal, EO 13950 states that the government’s policy is “not to promote race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating in the Federal workforce or in ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 14, 2020
    Payroll taxes are one thing that you’ll need to pay as part of your contracting business. As of September 1st, the federal government gave businesses the option to decline withholding these taxes from employee paychecks, as long as they meet certain requirements. There are benefits to this program, but also possible drawbacks. Here’s what you need to know.What Are Payroll Taxes? Payroll taxes are ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Member News, Builders Corner, Community
    Wednesday, October 07, 2020
    Do you blink your eyes and the day is done? Do you often go weeks or even months without taking a day or two to see what’s new? This is a common problem for anyone who runs a small business. It is so easy to get wrapped up in daily tasks that you forget about professional development. However, investing this effort is the best way to avoid becoming obsolete and have a better guarantee of knowing ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Community, Business Tips, Member News
    Thursday, October 01, 2020
    Have you ever met someone who knew exactly what they wanted to do in life from the time they were a small child? Some people are like that. They are practically born knowing where to go. For the rest of us, it’s important to find a good fit. But having a career is so much better when you know you can bring passion to your work. Here are five ways you can tell that your passion (and your future) ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Community, Member News
    Thursday, September 17, 2020
    AUTHOR Kate Tornone @KateTornone PUBLISHED Sept. 17, 2020 Construction Dive If an employee refuses to work although there is no imminent danger, "the courts have made it clear that those employees don’t have to be paid," says a human resources expert. Contractors across the country are dealing with labor issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. Some workers who are receiving unemployment ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Community, Safety
    Wednesday, August 26, 2020
    AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Aug. 26, 2020 Construction Dive Since the coronavirus pandemic arrived in the U.S., contractors have been increasingly nervous about maintaining and building their backlog of work as jobs in some areas and sectors are put on hold or canceled. To build their books, many firms are bidding on more projects than usual. This is increasing competition, with ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Community
    Monday, August 10, 2020
    With the way that the economy has changed throughout the past 10-15 years, it’s not surprising that people are rethinking about how they consider starting a career. Getting a college degree used to be a popular option that would secure a good job. Now, not so much. Instead, you might be thinking about learning a trade that offers you a lot of upward mobility. But how soon can you start? Here’s ...read more
    Categories: Community, Builders Corner, Safety, Marin Builders Association News, Member News
    Tuesday, August 04, 2020
    You know it could be coming, and it might even happen within the week. When whole states are shutting down construction projects to try to slow the spread of COVID-19, it may not take long before your contracting business is affected. There are times throughout your career that you will need to suspend work on an ongoing project due to weather problems or even a contract dispute. If you have to ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Safety, Community, Member News
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