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The Northern California Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association serves the Electrical Contracting Industry in Alameda, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, Napa, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus and Tuolumne Counties. Here you will find the latest information related to the electrical industry.


OSHA Adjusts Penalty Amounts for 2020

The Federal Civil Penalties Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act) requires the Department to annually adjust its civil monetary penalty levels for inflation no later than January 15th of each year. Adjustments are made by issuing a final rule that is effective on its date of publication in the Federal Register.

The cost-of-living adjustment multiplier for 2020, based on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the month of October 2019 (not seasonally adjusted), is 1.01764. The adjustment factor of 1.01764 will remain consistent across the minimum and maximum penalties set forth in the Occupational Safety and Health Act of the FOM. You can view the 2020 memo, which was released on January 10, 2020, by clicking here.


US Postal Service Announces New Prices for 2020

On January 26, 2020, the US Postal Service will implement new postage rates for most mailing and shipping products. A summary of the 2020 postage rates can be found by clicking here.


2020 District IX Meeting

Registration is open for the NECA District IX Council Meeting set for April 1-3, 2020, in Indian Wells, CA. The itinerary includes the General Council meeting and educational sessions, presentations by Politico Group and an optional golf event. Click here for a copy of the full itinerary.
All meetings will take place at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells. Rooms are selling fast and will likely sell out. If you are interested in attending, please contact Jenny Fothergill with the Chapter office.
Your company’s education credits may be used towards reimbursement on many of the incurred costs while attending the District IX Meeting. For information on using your company’s education credits, please contact the Chapter office.

New California Construction Laws for 2020

The California Legislature introduced more than 3,033 bills in the first half of the 2019-2020 session. Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP has put together a summary of the more important bills affecting contractors in their roles as contractors, effective January 1, 2020, unless otherwise noted. You can view the article by clicking here.
Not addressed in the article are many other bills that will affect contractors in their roles as businesses, taxpayers and employers. Each of the summaries is brief, focusing on what is more important to contractors. Because not all aspects of these bills are discussed, each summary’s title is a live link to the full text of the referenced bills for those wanting to explore the details of the new laws.