- Background In December 2012 and January 2013, the federal agencies issued important...
- It’s time to ring in the New Year with a review of California’s new employment la...
- CORE TESTING REQUIREMENTS Certain DSA and all OSHPD projects require masonry walls ...
- New Laws for 2013 that Affect Contractors “Courtesy of American Subcontractors Ass...
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Mason Contractors Association of California, Inc.
Who is MCAC?
Established in 1963 as the first and only statewide mason contractor association, MCAC was formally incorporated as a non-profit 501 (c)(6) corporation on April 1, 1963. Originally formed to give California mason contractors a greater voice in labor negotiations, MCAC expanded to become an organization representing both open-shop and signatory mason contractors of all sizes and specialties on a variety of issues related to the trade. Today, MCAC has 10 regional chapters comprised of mason contractors as well as suppliers with ties to the masonry industry. The Association is headquartered in the state capital of Sacramento, CA.
What Does MCAC Do?
MCAC is designed to enhance opportunities and services to mason contractors through the exchange of ideas and resources. This exchange is founded upon the principals of information sharing and peer-to-peer networking not only between contractors and suppliers but also among related trade groups with shared interests.
What Relationships Does MCAC Have with Other Industry Trade Organizations and State Government?
MCAC is the conduit that all mason contractors can use to voice their needs to other industry organizations and state government leaders. MCAC represents its members in related organizations to increase member visibility and recognition of the masonry industry. These affiliations create a greater presence for the masonry industry overall and a louder voice before our state decision-makers.
MCAC Activities and Accomplishments: 2010/11
View a summary highlighting some of the key issues and activities MCAC has pursued over the last year. Each year our activities change as we pursue new goals for the association, confront different industry challenges, and, sometimes, face old issues that re-emerge or develop a new twist. No matter the issue or the manner in which it comes before us, we remain committed to Inform, Represent, Protect, and Promote the masonry industry and those that work within it.
Scaffold user waiver forms now available *online exclusively to MCAC members. The forms are designed to provide mason contractors with protection when faced with the common situation of other trades using the mason contractor’s scaffolding.
*Member login required to access forms.
Once you have logged in as a Member you will see the form links on the home page in the "MEMBERS NEWS" section. The forms will open in a new window which you can save to your computer.
In December 2012 and January 2013, the federal agencies issued important new guidance to shape the affordability provision of next year’s looming employer health coverage mandate. Under those rules, an employer subject to health care reform must offer “affordable” coverage of a minimum value plan to employees. Technically, that means the employee’s share of the self-only premium for the lowest cost coverage cannot exceed 9.5 percent of the employee’s household income.
An employer will not know household income and should not ask for verification of that information. (A variety of state and federal laws arguably protect the employee from having to share such sensitive information.) Employers have been asking how they must comply, given what they cannot know. In response, the IRS initially announced a safe harbor based on an estimate of the employee’s annual W-2 income. That particular safe harbor, as clarified below, is still allowed -- plus two new safe...
It’s time to ring in the New Year with a review of California’s new employment laws which went into effect January 1, 2013:
Social Media: AB 1844 prohibits California employers from requiring or requesting employees or job applicants to disclose usernames or passwords to enable the employer to access their personal social media, to access their personal social media in front of an employer representative, or to divulge their social media. “Social media” is defined to include Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as personal e-mail and text messages. Employers may require employees to disclose passwords or usernames if necessary to access an employer-provided electronic device or if relevant to an investigation of employee misconduct or legal violations.
Personnel Records: AB 2674 expands existing law which allows employees to inspect their personnel records to now require employers to provide current or former employees with copies of their personnel records...
CORE TESTING REQUIREMENTS
Certain DSA and all OSHPD projects require masonry walls to be cored and the cores will be tested to determine the bond between the grout and masonry unit. The required shear bond depends on the masonry strength, and is about 100 psi for walls with an f’m of 1,500 psi.
There are several recommended steps for best practices in grouting masonry in anticipation of coring and core testing.
1. Determine if coring of masonry walls is required.
Technically, coring of single-wythe hollow unit masonry walls prior to the 2010 edition of the California Building Code is required, but there is no requirement for a shear bond between the grout and masonry unit. Know which code the job references, and use it.
2. Use a grout mix design suitable for masonry.
A concrete mix design and grout mix design are not the same. Concrete suppliers typically use admixtures as water replacement to improve a concrete mix, but these...
New Laws for 2013 that Affect Contractors
“Courtesy of American Subcontractors Association of California (ASAC)”
Over 4,000 were introduced by the California Legislature in 2011-2012. Below are summaries of some of the more important bills affecting contractors in their roles as contractors. Many other bills will impact them in other roles, such as being businesses, taxpayers, and employers. Each of the summaries are brief, focusing on the gist of the bill, while most of the bills have additional provisions that are not mentioned. Links are provided to the full text of each of the bills for those wanting to know in detail the provisions of the new law. Lastly, reference is made to failed bills that are likely to be revisited next session.
SB 474 (Evans D) Type 1 indemnity outlawed in California. Supported by ASAC.
To make construction businesses responsible for losses they cause on commercial construction projects, the...
By Sam K. Abdulaziz &
Kenneth S. Grossbart
Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman
When you bid on a job you need to understand what work is involved, what materials you will use, and what subcontractors or material suppliers you will be using. But do you understand the rest of the contract? In the Greg Opinski Construction, Inc. v. City of Oakdale case, it is seen why it is important to have a complete understanding of what is in your contract. This matter went to trial for various other issues, but the issue at hand in the appeal is all that is discussed for purposes of this article.
This particular case came about because of seven months of job delays, unapproved change orders, construction defects and non-payment. The contract called for the job to be completed within 300 days. It laid out very specific change order procedures for which either the contract time or price could be changed. There were two acceptable avenues to have a change order accepted....