The Covid Excuse

Question, how many of you have heard someone use the Covid Excuse? The Covid Excuse is being used everywhere, from individuals to businesses to state agencies.

The Covid Excuse

Reminder, there are over 39 million people in this state, and there have only been 24,400+ confirmed cases! The odds of you catching the flu? Here’s the math:  0.06% That’s infinitesimal!

Examples:

I cannot go to work or stay at work because I am so stressed due to the Covid virus that is affecting us all!

I cannot focus on my job because I am so scared of getting the coronavirus!

Here is my favorite, from a CSLB application technician: “I have no control due to the current situation with COVID-19 health emergency.” No control? Over what? Doing your job?!

I’ve heard of employees that have already become so accustomed to working half days that if they are asked to work longer, they complain!  The twenty-somethings who went through the bailouts of 2009 already think the government is here to take care of them.  After this fiasco of worldly proportions, they’re going to expect the government to do absolutely everything for them. Including getting paid for doing nothing.

That’s not what this country was founded on.  If it was, we’d all be sitting back getting paid by the British Crown.

What the H is going on here people?!  The time is coming, hopefully very soon, that everyone is going to have to pull up their big boy panties and get back to work. I suggest they start doing it now.

What’s to come?

I don’t have to remind everyone about how this flu virus has destroyed business in this country, but if everyone takes the attitude that they can now slack off and use the Covid excuse, then this country may never (in the near future) recover.  And if we don’t recover, the United States of America that we know, love, and grew up in… will be lost forever.

Contractors State License Board Launches New Online License Renewal

The CSLB has launched a new online renewal system. Well… it’s mostly online. You’ll still have to mail in the renewal form. Hopefully this process will speed up the overall renewal process and fewer licensees will find themselves in a state of suspension because the CSLB is slow to process renewals.

April 8, 2020CSLB #20-09 
  Contractors State License Board Launches New Online License/Registration Renewal Options SACRAMENTO – This week the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) launched two different options that will allow California’s more than 283,600 licensed contractors and almost 21,000 registered Home Improvement Salespersons (HIS) to either renew their license, or to pay for their license or registration renewal online via CSLB’s website.The following two options are now available to licensees and HIS registrants:1.       For Sole Owner licenses without a Responsible Managing Employee (RME) onlyThis group can now complete their license renewal using a completely paperless process. These licensees can also update their address with CSLB, if needed.  Upon approved payment, the license record will be updated immediately.  This option is only available for sole owner licensees without an RME.2.       For all other licensees and all HIS registrantsThis group can now submit their renewal payment online but will then have to mail the payment receipt along with their renewal paperwork to CSLB to complete the renewal. You will be provided with instructions about how to do this once you begin the process.  When CSLB receives the completed paperwork, the license record will be updated to show the online payment date as the renewal date.Licensees and registrants can continue to renew their license through the mail, providing payment by check. Send to:Contractors State License Board
P.O. Box 26000
Sacramento, CA 95826“During this uncertain time, CSLB is committed to supporting our licensees and those seeking to get their contractor license,” said CSLB Registrar David Fogt. “While our public offices and test centers are temporarily closed, we’re able to offer a great many services online. We’re proud to add sole owner license renewals and other license and registration renewal payments to that list.”For an updated list of CSLB services available during COVID-19 health emergency,  including all CSLB online services and frequently asked questions, please visit https://cslb.ca.gov/About_us/COVID-19.aspx.

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CSLB Closing Testing Centers

This just in… the CSLB is closing all testing centers beginning tomorrow and will remain closed until April 16th (or longer).

CSLB testing staff will be contacting applicants directly to reschedule exams.

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    B2 Contractors License

    The new B2 Contractors license bill is now in the legislature!

    This new classification removes the framing requirement and will allow more people to become licensed in California.

    Click here to read the bill.

    CSLB License Renewal Fee Increase

    2020 brings a CSLB License Renewal Fee Increase!

    Licensing fees are going up beginning February 1, 2020.

    Timely Active License Renewals

    $450 for two years. If you hold the C-10 classification, your renewal fee will be $470 for two years.

    Timely Inactive License Renewals

    $225 for four years. If you hold the C-10 classification, your renewal fee will be $225 for four years.

    Timely Home Improvement Salesperson Registrations

    Will now be $95, up from $83.

    Delinquent Active License Renewals

    $675 for two years. If you hold the C-10 classification, your renewal fee will be $695 for two years.

    Delinquent Inactive License Renewals

    $337.50 for four years. If you hold the C-10 classification, your renewal fee will be $337.50 for four years.

    Delinquent Home Improvement Salesperson Registrations

    Will now be $142.50, up from $124.50.

    License Reactivation

    To reactivate an inactive license, it will now cost you $470, a $20 increase.

    Why the increases?

    Because the CSLB has basically shot themselves in the financial foot with their prolonged tactics regarding license applications. They’ve spent so much time and effort rejecting and denying applications that their license renewal revenue has been on a rapid decline.

    Instead of creating more ridiculous rules to keep people from obtaining licenses, maybe they should improve their processes. Start with hiring capable, experienced application technicians who know the difference between a hammer and a screwdriver. And provide them with the training necessary to accomplish their jobs in an efficient manner.

    Having retired from the State, and having worked at the CSLB, I know exactly the type of people they hire to review applications. Now I’m not saying they aren’t good people, they are, they are just people with no construction experience and are poorly trained.

    But, since that will never happen, they’ve chosen to mend their self-inflicted wound with a CSLB License Renewal Fee Increase. Government at its best!!

    Qualifying B General Contractors Experience

    Have you been trying to figure out exactly what “Qualifying B General Contractors Experience” is?

    We’ve known for years that the minimum experience for the B classification is framing and at least two unrelated trades. Framing being the major component.

    We also know that the CSLB has made it extremely difficult within the last 2-3 years to qualify and obtain the B contractors license classification.

    Here is a portion of a CSLB letter sent to me regarding one of my clients that outlines the CSLB’s underground regulation regarding the B class. Why is it an underground reg? Because you won’t find this statement in any published rule, regulation, or law.

    “To meet the minimum experience requirement for the B General Building classification, your client must demonstrate journey level work that regularly includes a framing or a rough carpentry component on new or existing structures. Any work completed on existing structures must change the footprint of that structure. For example; room additions, or structural remodeling projects that include reframing for entryways, installation of new headers, size change-outs for retrofitting of widows and doors or load bearing wall components. This framing component, along with 2 other unrelated trades to build or remodel a structure must be performed at the journey level.”

    The points I’d like to highlight are in italics. “Any work completed on existing structures must change the footprint of that structure.” And “…load bearing wall components.” It is entirely possible to repair/replace existing load bearing wall components on existing structures without adding square footage or changing the footprint of the structure. “…structural remodeling projects that include reframing for entryways, installation of new headers, size change-outs for retrofitting of widows and doors” can also be done without adding square footage or changing the structures footprint.

    So which is it? Must change the footprint or not?!

    The following statement can be found in the 2019 version of the contractors license law book on page 9 under Chapter 1. Download the 2019 Contractors License Law book HERE.

    “Class “B” — General Building Contractor
    The principal business of a General Building contractor deals with any structure built, being built, or to be built, that requires as part of its construction the use of at least two unrelated building trades or crafts; however, framing or carpentry projects may be performed without limitation. A “B” General Building contractor may take a contract for projects that involve one trade only if the contractor holds the appropriate specialty license or subcontracts with an appropriately licensed specialty contractor to perform the work.”

    This is the only statement in the license law that suggests framing or carpentry is required for the B trade, and depending on how you read it, it doesn’t even say that!. It definitely doesn’t state that it must be “structural” framing, or framing that increases the square footage or footprint of the structure.

    I’m looking forward to the creation of the new B-2 classification because it won’t have in it the unlawful, unpublished, underground reg covering structural framing and Qualifying B General Contractors Experience that has forced so many applicants to work without a license.

    B-2 Remodeling Contractors License

    The CSLB has provided an update on the new Remodeling Contractors License.

    At the December 12th Board meeting, I asked for an update on the new remodeling contractors license. The Board stated that the new legislation has been submitted to the legislature and the bill has a sponsor.

    It should go up for a vote sometime in 2020.  When it will be inactive, I don’t know.  Perhaps July 1, 2020, or January 1, 2021.

    As I mentioned in a previous post, this new classification, called the B-2, will have a huge, positive impact on the construction industry and to business in California.

    Sorry... couldn't pass it up!

    The B-2 will allow so many more contractors obtain their license so that they can perform work legally, earn more money, and provide better assurances to consumers with CSLB oversight. And this new license should drastically reduce the number of underground contractors.

    Because of the severe restrictions in place for obtaining the B classification, the B-2 will not include the framing component, which is the hardest part for most applicants to prove under the B.

    We don’t know yet what the minimum experience requirements will be for the new B-2, so stay tuned.  As soon as I know, I’ll pass it on to you.

    I’m pleased as punch that the new remodeling contractors license is going to happen!

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