News for Business TipsThursday, December 08, 2022Copyright © 2022 MarinEconomicForum, All rights reserved. MEF monitors employment to understand and forecast the state of the Marin economy. In our view, construction jobs deserve focus in attempting to forecast 2023. On the one hand, those jobs signal more building, which is a function of things like permitting, financing, and demand. On the other, those jobs have strong multiplier effects on ...read moreCategories: Business Tips, Builders Corner, CommunityTuesday, December 06, 2022A new law will require almost all contractors in California to carry workers’ compensation coverage, regardless of if they have employees or not. According to the author of the bill, State Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) the new law was necessary due to the tendency of many small contractors to claim they have no employees, when in fact they regularly hire day laborers or undocumented workers. Since a ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Advocacy and Legislation, Community, Marin Builders Association News, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News, Business TipsFriday, December 02, 2022Inflation. Lay offs. Viruses. This is all “bad,” right? Well…that depends on which part of your brain is running the show. Humans are wired for a negativity bias as a matter of survival. That voice is loud and fearful. We also have a quieter, positive voice that knows any outcome or situation can be turned into a gift or opportunity. In design and construction, you may be hearing about or even ...read moreCategories: Member News, Business Tips, CommunityThursday, December 01, 2022Aspirin 101Aspirin was invented more than a century ago. While this famous drug derived from willow bark has been replaced by acetaminophen and other medications as the preferred treatment for pain and inflammation, it remains the most widely used drug globally. Because aspirin thins blood, a low-dose (81 milligrams) can help prevent strokes and heart attacks by stopping blood clots from forming ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Community, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News, Member NewsMonday, November 21, 2022Please join us on "Open Enrollment Day" to meet with our Health Insurance Program Representative.Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 660 Las Gallinas Avenue San Rafael, CA 94903 The "Open Enrollment" period will take place from December 5th, 2022 through January 13th, 2023 and is your opportunity to make changes to the selection of plans that you offer your employees and to ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Member News, Business Tips, Event Related, Marin Builders Association News, CommunityTuesday, November 15, 2022We are already excitedly preparing for our delicious annual 2023 Crab Fest (back live and in-person!) on Friday, February 10, 2023. A formal announcement is coming soon, but early sponsorship opportunities are already available and will secure you tickets to this popular sell-out event! The sponsorship and underwriting options are limited and will be designated on a first-come, first-served ...read moreCategories: Business Tips, Event Related, Community, Marin Builders Association NewsTuesday, November 15, 2022It is easy to underestimate the dangerous potential of electricity because its use is so common. However, electricity can cause burns, shocks, and electrocution. These hazards must be considered when working with equipment powered by electricity, working with electrical systems, or repairing broken energized equipment. Click here to download the complete training short in EnglishClick here to ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Community, Cornerstone Partner News, Safety, Construction Education & Training, Member News, Business TipsThursday, November 10, 2022With the 2022 California legislative year closed, it is once again time to examine the new legislation that will affect entities operating within the state. Summaries of key legislation are below, with relevant action items noted.Pay Data Reporting and Pay TransparencyPay Disclosures: SB 1162.Effective Date: January 1, 2023.This bill requires California employers with more than 15 employees to ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Community, Advocacy and Legislation, Business TipsTuesday, October 25, 2022Pictograms were developed to simplify hazard communication on chemical container labels and safety data sheets (SDSs), regardless of manufacturer or country of origin. The pictograms are based on images and symbols employees throughout the world would recognize and understand.Click here to download the complete training short in EnglishClick here to download the complete training short in ...read moreCategories: Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News, Safety, Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Member NewsTuesday, October 04, 2022Are you an existing client of Norcal PTAC who has only used our consulting services just a few times? Have you thought about becoming a client of Norcal PTAC, but never found the time? As a Norcal PTAC Procurement Specialist, I want to share with you what I think are some of the most overlooked benefits you can receive after becoming a client. And like all of our services, these are offered to ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Community, Member News, Bid Opportunties, Business Tips, Construction Education & TrainingWednesday, September 14, 2022Nearly all the workers’ compensation dual-wage class codes for the construction sector have increased as of Sept. 1, 2022. Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara approved the recommendation by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) of California to increase the wage thresholds for high-wage workers.WHAT ARE DUAL-WAGE THRESHOLDS Dual-wage thresholds divide high and low-wage ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News, Business Tips, Marin Builders Association NewsMonday, August 22, 2022NEW! Free Member Resource for Navigating the Medicare Maze Most people become eligible for Medicare at age 65. Medicare is the government run health insurance for people age 65 and older, younger people with disabilities, and people with End Stage Renal Disease. Medicare can look like a complicated maze of choices, between Medicare Parts A–D, Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare Supplement ...read moreCategories: Cornerstone Partner News, Community, Business Tips, Marin Builders Association News, Member NewsMarinHomeServiceGuide.com Offers Help Claiming the Little Known but Highly Lucrative ERTC Tax Rebate for Small BusinessesWednesday, August 10, 2022MarinHomeServicesGuide.com is an online local service directory created by retired electrical contractor Patrick Killian of San Rafael. After Patrick Killian retired as an electrical contractor, he was looking to find ways to help local home services companies in Marin. In response, he created the MarinHomeServicesGuide.com, an online directory site which lists almost all home service companies ...read moreCategories: Member News, COVID-19 Resources, Community, Business TipsThursday, July 21, 2022Running a business requires you to know or learn a lot of things that you might not expect. Business owners wear a lot of hats, and being able to keep them organized is key. Here are five organizational skills you should work on, to help make your business more efficient.Time Management No one enjoys working with people who can’t seem to finish a task in the time they said they would, or who ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Business Tips, CommunityMarin Builders Cornerstone Partner, Alliant Insurance Services Listed as One of the Top Ten Brokerages in the WorldWednesday, July 13, 2022Top insurance brokers, No. 10: Alliant Insurance Services Inc.BUSINESS INSURANCE Matthew Lerner July 12, 2022 2021 brokerage revenue: $2.61B Percent increase: 46.8% Robust organic growth, fueled by buoyant commercial lines pricing and employee recruitment, and the acquisition of a large personal lines agency enabled Alliant Insurance Services Inc. to break into the Business Insurance ...read moreCategories: Community, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Builders Corner, Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News, Member NewsSB-1383 - Compliance with the CA (Short Lived Climate Pollutants) Regulations, Possible Fines, and ResourcesThursday, February 24, 2022Welcome to California SLCP (SB-1383) January 1, 2022: the inspections and fines associated with California SB-1383 (Short Lived Climate Pollutants) become Mandatory. January 1, 2020: Jurisdictions had the option to begin fining businesses using SB-1383 guidelines and many have. September 19, 2016: Governor Brown signed California SB 1383 Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016 in a statewide effort ...read moreCategories: Advocacy and Legislation, Community, Press Release, Business Tips, Green Building - SustainabilityThursday, December 23, 2021Changing careers is a big decision. You might have friends or family members who have concerns about making such a choice. In a lot of cases, people worry because they don’t understand the modern construction industry or the amazing things you can do in it. Here are five myths and facts about starting a career in construction.Myth 1: You Won’t Make Enough Money Fact: Like most industries, ...read moreCategories: Business Tips, Construction Education & Training, Builders Corner, Community
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