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Bill Would Require Licensed Contractors to Carry Comp Coverage

  • State: California
  • Topic: WEST
  • - Average time spent on item: 59 minutes
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A state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require all California contractors to purchase wor…

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George Corson Jan 15, 2021 a 6:01 am PST

This is a great idea. I ran a search in 2016 for some UEF perspective, and about 60% of the LICENSED Contractors had registered as Exempt. That does not even begin to contemplate the UNLICENSED Contractors who do not even show up on the CSLB Radar. It is extremely unlikely that one Self-Employed Contractor is going to demolish, level, pour, smooth, and finish your Driveway all alone.

Mark Massey Jan 15, 2021 a 9:01 am PST

Subcontractors do that work. They have their own employees and carry their own WC insurance. A Contractor is simply the organizer. Think of the guy whom you might hire to refurbishes a kitchen. He might arrange for plans and drawings, and hire the subcontractor who does windows, the subcontractor who does floors, the sub who does cabinets, he might hire a decorator to help the owner select lighting and appliances, and he would hire the lighting and appliance installation people too. Should the Contractor, the orchestrator of this job have to insure all these diverse subcontracted workers, including the employers of those workers who show up at the subcontractor employer's behest to do what the Contractor hired him and his workers to do? This bill is short-sighted and overbroad. It will kill the Contractor business and require owners to hire each subcontracting specialist on his own. What a hassle.

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