News for Business TipsWednesday, April 14, 2021Job Hazard Analysis (JHA): Thorough hazard assessments for your worksites are critical to assure continued protection of staff. Learn what the most violated construction standards are, so you can create a plan to avoid unnecessary losses. Click here to download the complete training short in EnglishClick here to download the complete training short in Spanish Safety & Training Shorts ...read moreCategories: Business Tips, Member News, Cornerstone Partner News, Safety, Community, Construction Education & TrainingTuesday, April 06, 2021Objective: To raise awareness of common hazards associated with compressed gas cylinders. Compressed gas cylinders are hazardous due to the high pressure of their contents as well as the potential hazards of the contents themselves. Before working with cylinders, familiarize yourself with the characteristics of their contents and learn proper cylinder handling procedures.Click here to download ...read moreCategories: Member News, Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Safety, Cornerstone Partner News, Business TipsThursday, March 25, 2021Understanding your clients is an important part of your marketing strategy, one that takes some effort. Part of that effort should include spending a little time developing personas. While not as straightforward as, say, completing your Google My Business profile, you have an advantage over business owners in other industries. Because you are in the remodeling industry, you basically ‘live’ with ...read moreCategories: Business Tips, Community, Builders Corner, Member NewsWednesday, March 24, 2021The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has added an update to the treated wood waste (TWW) FAQ page. Below is the update added and the link to the TWW FAQ webpage.Q: Can you please clarify the rules applicable to residents that generate treated wood waste (TWW)? A: A homeowner does not require a variance to manage TWW generated incidental to owning and maintenance their own place ...read moreCategories: Builders Corner, Advocacy and Legislation, Community, Green Building - Sustainability, Business TipsMonday, March 15, 2021Objective: To assure that your organization is prepared for an active shooter incident and is taking proactive steps to minimize the chances or effectiveness of a shooter on the premises. No workplace is immune to the risks of an active shooter incident. However, there are steps that you can take to assure that your organization is prepared for the worst. Emergency Action PlanTraining ...read moreCategories: Business Tips, Safety, Member News, Cornerstone Partner News, Construction Education & Training, Builders CornerMonday, February 22, 2021You can help keep our recycling streams clean and organized when you avoid making these recycling errors. Are you confused about whether an item is recyclable or not? Are you following MSS’s most recent recycling guidelines? Below we detail some common issues we’ve found in our recycling streams.1. Stop putting ‘garbage’ plastics in the recyclables cart. We don’t accept as many plastics as you ...read moreCategories: Member News, Community, Green Building - Sustainability, Cornerstone Partner News, Business TipsThursday, February 18, 2021If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the need to be empathetic. Given the challenges of the pandemic, people in the building trades, like all of us, have had to make adjustments on how to run their businesses, as well as how they communicate with clients and potential clients. Clients should know that you work safely, under guidelines from OSHA, CDC and state and local authorities. They ...read moreCategories: COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips, Community, Member NewsFriday, January 29, 2021AUTHOR Robert Freedman @RobertFreedman PUBLISHED Jan. 29, 2021Dive Brief:Companies denied forgiveness of their Paycheck Protection Program loan can take a tax credit for the amount of proceeds they used to pay wages, the IRS said in a notice released last week.The employee retention credit only applies to wages paid in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of last year and are eligible for the credit on the ...read moreCategories: Business Tips, COVID-19 ResourcesWednesday, January 27, 2021For 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 moreCategories: Business Tips, Builders Corner, Member News, Press Release, Cornerstone Partner News, Green Building - Sustainability, Advocacy and Legislation, CommunityTuesday, January 26, 2021AUTHOR 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 moreCategories: Builders Corner, Business TipsWednesday, January 20, 2021Back 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 moreCategories: COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips, Builders Corner, Member NewsFriday, January 15, 2021What 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 moreCategories: Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Member NewsFriday, January 15, 2021With 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 moreCategories: Member News, Builders Corner, Safety, Cornerstone Partner News, COVID-19 Resources, Business TipsTuesday, January 12, 2021AUTHOR 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 moreCategories: Builders Corner, Safety, Advocacy and Legislation, COVID-19 Resources, Business TipsThursday, January 07, 2021Billions 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. 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FULL FLYERCategories: Community, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Member News, Builders Corner, Business TipsTuesday, December 15, 2020AUTHOR 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 moreCategories: Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Safety, CommunityMonday, December 14, 2020AUTHOR 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 moreCategories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Business TipsMonday, November 30, 2020Are 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 moreCategories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Business TipsMonday, November 30, 2020AB 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 moreCategories: Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Member News, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Event Related, Advocacy and LegislationTuesday, November 24, 2020AUTHOR 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 moreCategories: Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Builders CornerWednesday, October 28, 2020Lower credit card processing fees with level 2 and level 3 processing The cost of accepting credit cards is one of the biggest expenses a business faces. It is an unavoidable cost of doing business in a society that rarely carries cash anymore. For any business processing more than $100,000 a month in credit card transactions, the cost to process cards can approach $4,000 in fees alone. If your ...read moreCategories: Member News, Community, Marin Builders Association News, Business TipsWednesday, October 21, 2020The 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 moreCategories: Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Builders CornerTuesday, October 20, 2020It 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 moreCategories: Member News, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips
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