Dozens of new laws or amendments will effect the construction industry in 2018. The following is a round-up of some of these new law.
Assembly Bill 1278 provides that when an unsatisfied judgment is issued against a license the qualifying individual or personnel of record (who worked for the license during the time the activities took place) are prohibited from working in the same capacity for another license. In addition, any applicant for a license, renewal, reinstatement, or to change officers or other personnel of record must file or have on file with the board an additional bond sufficient to guarantee payment of the unsatisfied judgment for a minimum of one year.
Senate Bill 96 permits public works registrations for three year periods begining June 1, 2019; exempts construction projects of $25,000 or less and maintenance projects of $15,000 or less from registration; provides penalties for failure to register a public work; eliminates discretion of the Labor Commission to waive liquidated damages for prevailing wage violations.
Senate Bill 418 provides that for work performed after January 1, 2018, at least 40% of skilled journeypersons are graduates of apprencticeship programs, with the exception of certain occupations. The requirement increases to 50% for 2019 and then 60% for 2020.
Assembly Bill 534 prohibits a mechanic's lien from being recorded against another owner's property in a common interest development on which work was performed unless consent was provided by that owner or that owner requested the performance of labor or furnishing of materials or services. However, consent shall be deemed given in the case of emergency repairs.
Senate Bill 3, in response to the housing and homeless crisis, if adopted by the voters in November 2018, this bill would authorize $4.5 billion in bonds for veterans and affordable housing.
Senate Bill 486 permits the Contractor's License Board to issue a letter of admonishment to registrants as an intermediate form of discipline between an advisory notice and a citation.