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California Contractor License Law Update

Avoid harsh consequences by learning when a license is needed and how the licensing system works.

Contractor licensing requirements are strict in California, and the penalties for non-compliance are severe. You can avoid harsh consequences by learning when a license is needed, how to maintain it and how the licensing system works. The speaker will provide an overview of the system, explain when and how licenses are obtained, describe areas of high risk, explain obligations imposed by law on contractors, describe special requirements for home improvement work, and explain penalties and dispute resolution procedures.

Runtime: 92 minutes
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Agenda

Overview

  • California Contractor Licensing System
  • Definition of Contractor for Licensing Purposes
  • Stated Purpose of System
  • Comparison With Other States
  • Heavily Regulated Industry

Harsh Penalties

  • Unlicensed Contractors Cannot Sue for Compensation
  • Owners Can Sue Unlicensed Contractors for All Amounts Paid
  • Administrative Penalties
  • Liability for Unlawful Business Practices
  • Contract Liability
  • Penalties Used as Leverage in Litigation

Challenges

  • How to Obtain a License
  • International Contractors
  • When Multiple Licenses Can Be Issued
  • EPC/Design-Build for Non-Contractors
  • How to Maintain Your License

Big Areas of Risk

  • Gap in Licensure
  • Gap in Worker's Comp Coverage = No License
  • Wrong Person, Entity Holds License
  • Liability Follows Qualifiers, Officers to Other Licenses
  • Bankruptcy

Obligations Imposed on Contractors by Statute

  • How Projects Are Built
  • How Contractors Deal With Owners
  • How Contractors Deal With Subs, Employees
  • How Contractors Advertise

Special Requirements for Home Improvement Contracts

  • Contract Negotiations
  • Contract Terms
  • Licensing of Home Improvement Salespersons
  • Reason: Widespread Consumer Abuse

Dispute Resolution

  • Settlements Facilitated by License Board
  • Administrative Hearings by License Board
  • Arbitrations per License Board Rules
  • Litigation
  • Arbitration
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This course was last revised on April 20, 2018.

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  • AIA 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc. is registered with the AIA Continuing Education System (AIA/CES). This 1.5 hour program offers 1.5 Learning Unit hours, which will be reported directly to the AIA/CES for AIA members.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • ICC 0.15
     
  • Lorman Education Services is an International Code Council Preferred Provider. This event is approved for 0.15 CEU's through ICC.
     

To earn each credit Lorman offers through the OnDemand learning platform, you need to watch 100% of the program. Also, for certain credits you will need to fulfill additional requirements which will be displayed on the "credits" tab when viewing the course.

  • Those applying for AIA and HRCI must view 100% of the program and answer the questions following the program.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

Paul W. Berning, Esq.

Paul W. Berning, Esq.

Law Offices of Paul W. Berning

  • Managing partner of the Law Offices of Paul W. Berning in the San Francisco area since 2011
  • Partner in the Construction Practice Groups of two national law firms for more than two decades before founding his own firm
  • More than 30 years of experience in construction law
  • Represents general contractors, subcontractors, owners, design professionals, suppliers and construction managers in trials, arbitrations, mediations; negotiates contracts; and provides counseling before, during and after construction projects
  • Extensive experience in counseling clients on complying with contractor and design professional licensing requirements and in representing clients in court, administrative and arbitration proceedings involving licensing claims and disputes
  • Practice includes resolving construction disputes involving payment issues; financing; terminations for default; claims for extra work, delay, disruption and lost efficiency; defective work
  • Can be contacted at 510-863-8118 or [email protected]
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Product ID: 401319
Published 2018
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