Larry and Laurie Moore, of Larry's AutoWorks in Mountain View, the ASCCA Members of the Month in September 2013, were recognized at the summer conference as ASCCA's Members of the Year. The Member of the Year is chosen from among all the Members of the Month in the previous fiscal year.
The ASCCA is holding a contest to promote member use of the new countertop displays that were included in the spring issue of The California Independent. It's Northern California vs. Southern California shops, and the losers will serve winners sundae desserts at the Team Weekend in September, at the Chapter Representatives Meeting. Shops are to submit photos of their countertop display to ASCCA staff member Phil Boerner at email@example.com.
ASCCA was well represented at the California Small Business Day event held today at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom, Sacramento, CA. The event honored small business throughout the State who were selected as the Small Business of the Year in their district and were selected by their Legislator.
Attendees were addressed by several key legislators and government small business representatives including:
A new brake pads law (SB 346 Kehoe) that affects all auto repair shops takes effect January 1, 2014. Basically, shops cannot sell brake pads that have copper in them past this date, and must deplete their old stock by 2023. Most, if not all, brake pad manufacturers are already supplying the legal product. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) answered ASCCA’s most frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the brake pad law, and also posted the FAQs on their website under Auto Repair Shops.
On Dec. 2, Covered California officially launched the full self-enrollment function of the Small Business Health Options (SHOP) online marketplace. This significant new function on the Covered California website will enable small businesses to fully enroll for coverage that may begin as early as Jan. 1, 2014.
Small Business Health Options Program
Cal/OSHA has revised its Hazard Communication Standard to align with the UN global chemical communication system. OSHA is phasing in the elements of that policy and you need to take action to comply with the first element. By 12/1/13 all employers must train all those who come in contact with any chemical in the workplace to understand how to interpret hazards communicated through pictograms and standardized material safety data sheets, now called safety data sheets or SDS.