The Not So Fine Print | California Construction Law Blog

The Not So Fine Print  By Garret Murai, January 29, 2014

It seems like there’s been a lot of labor law news lately. From the California Labor Commissioner’s crackdown on labor law violations this past year to new labor law-related legislation this year.

And here’s another.In a decision decided last month, the California Court of Appeals for the First District, in Palagin v. Paniagua Construction, Inc., Case No. A137754 December 16, 2013, reversed a trial court which had permitted a contractor to appeal an adverse Labor Commissioner decision without first posting an appeal bond. Tsk, tsk.

Background  The case began when welder Igor Palagin filed a wage claim with the California Labor Commissioner alleging that he was an employee of Paniagua Construction, Inc. “Paniagua Construction” and Alfred Martinez and that they had failed to pay him. On June 20, 2012, the Labor Commissioner issued a decision in favor of Palagin and against Paniagua Construction and Martinez and awarded him $34,259.32. [Read more…]

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CSLB Newsletter Fall 2013

cslb newsletterBelow is an article from the latest CSLB newsletter. It’s too bad the CSLB is doing everything it can to keep people from obtaining their license.

State’s Construction Industry, Contractors Coming Back to Life

“It’s a whole lot more fun to come to work these days,” says John Mullin, president of Pacific M Painting in Escondido and a board member with the California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors (CALPASC). “There is far less pessimism in the market.”

A sampling of contractors and trade associations from around the state indicates that the first rays of recovery from the economic downturn that shook California’s construction industry are finally beginning to shine. Statistics from CSLB and building sources confirm that sentiment, but no one is turning somersaults, at least not yet. It appears that the business comeback for contractors still varies according to region and trade type.

The uptick may be a long way from the peaks of the early 2000s, but few are complaining after having survived the latter part of that decade, which saw the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression—with the housing and real estate industries leading the plunge.

Read the full article: CLC Newsletter Fall 2013.

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How to Write a Construction Bid

Here is a basic format of how to write a construction bid.

how to write a construction bidEvery county/city may have their own requirements, so be sure to check with them first. They may also have a pre-formatted template that they may want you to use.

1. Put the name of your business at the top of the bid.

  • You may wish to include the company logo.
  • Add the year in which your business was established.

2. List the name of the project and any other relevant information for identifying it, such as an address of the construction site.

3. Use a polite, professional tone when writing a bid.

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