The Regulatory Arena
For over a decade, CALPASC staff and members have worked very hard to establish the association as the go-to group for regulatory issues that affect construction, trade contractors, and suppliers. By maintaining a balanced profile of being professional, cooperative, and aggressive, CALPASC has achieved significant regulatory successes for its members. The unfortunate reality of the industry is that regulatory agencies in general are not motivated to help businesses thrive, but rather to enforce regulations that don’t often make good business sense or little sense at all. A key strategy of the CALPASC mission is to stay ahead of all regulatory trends, be aggressive in our messaging prior to regulatory proposals and then make our voice heard and leverage our resources during the regulatory adoption process to ensure the end result is as favorable to our industry as possible. We also inform our member companies of what new regulations are coming down the pike and what they need to do to be prepared. Contractors without access to this information are often blindsided with new regulations and it can be costly.
It is vital to have our members participate in this process. Your expertise and creativity helps tremendously to overcome the opposition faced in almost all regulatory arenas. CALPASC has been able to galvanize members to testify in regulatory hearings, have their voice be heard and in some cases help reverse the tide of a bad piece of piece of regulation from being adopted.
Our Regulatory Philosophy
Our view is that regulations should balance the needs of protecting the public and employees, while giving businesses a reasonable, efficient, and clear method of complying. At the source of new regulations, you often find many special interest groups with a inherent disposition against the construction industry. It is also an unfortunate reality that often staff at a regulatory agency have no business experience or background. When you combine that with the fact that regulations are not only difficult to comply with, but have substantial penalties for non-compliance, you have an extremely steep hill to climb if you’re a contractor.
CALPASC works hard to make changes so that compliance is readily accomplished, the playing field gets more and more level, and fines are appropriate and only issued where there are clear violations. There are many agencies to contend with in California, including Cal/OSHA, the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Air Resources Board, the State Water Resources Board, the Department of Industrial Relations, the Division of Worker’s Compensation, The Building Standards Commission, and the California Highway Patrol; to name a few. It takes a lot of work and cooperation with other likeminded groups to achieve impact.
Current Issues in the Regulatory Arena
Wondering what the most current information is regarding new regulations? Every time another hearing is scheduled on issues of concern to trade contractors and your suppliers, we will post an item on our website. When a new regulation is going into effect, we will tell you.
How Can a Contractor Help in the Cause?