Garcetti Travels Abroad Again

Tom Manzo
President, Timely Prefinished Steel Door Frames and President and Chairman of the Board at California Business and Industrial Alliance

Eric Garcetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles, knows how to travel. His recent 12 day trip to Asia included 80 delegates, yes that is not a typo, 80. They are all going to China, South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam on a trade mission. The good news is the taxpayers are not footing the entire bill. […]

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California Supreme Court Gets It Wrong 

Tom Manzo
President, Timely Prefinished Steel Door Frames and President and Chairman of the Board at California Business and Industrial Alliance

When will our judicial system consider employers and the reality of what businesses need to survive in the most difficult and hostile employer environment in the world? The California Supreme Court handed down another decision to arm the attorneys with a way to sue employers and most will not even understand what it is. Federal […]

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The Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) is an Outdated Law

Tom Manzo
President, Timely Prefinished Steel Door Frames and President and Chairman of the Board at California Business and Industrial Alliance

October 12, 2003 Gray Davis signed a new law SB 796 referred to as PAGA and I am not sure if anyone really knew what the outcome would really be. In the first seven months of PAGA 65 cases were filed and the first 9 suits totaled 336 million in penalties. AMGEN was sued over […]

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Maxine Waters, You Are Taking The Wrong Approach

Tom Manzo
President, Timely Prefinished Steel Door Frames and President and Chairman of the Board at California Business and Industrial Alliance

When it comes to political debate and protest, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who considers herself a California “progressive,” actually exhibits behavior that should be labeled “regressive.” The definition of progressive is a person advocating or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas. Maxine Waters seems to be more regressive defined as becoming less advanced, returning to […]

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We Are So Divided CA Legislature Can’t Even Encourage the Peace Process

Tom Manzo
President, Timely Prefinished Steel Door Frames and President and Chairman of the Board at California Business and Industrial Alliance

Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican I think we would all agree peace between the United States and North Korea would be a good thing. The first sitting president in the last 70 years has an opportunity to make peace and it seems many only focus on the negatives. Consider the actions of […]

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Consider All Angles When Voting for a Judge

Tom Manzo
President, Timely Prefinished Steel Door Frames and President and Chairman of the Board at California Business and Industrial Alliance

I am an outsider looking in and brand new to the political scene in our great state. I recently formed a non-profit, the California Business & Industrial Alliance (CABIA), to focus on labor law reform. My experience has always been running and growing businesses, and recently the company I run was hit with a PAGA […]

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Employers Must Speak Out on PAGA

Tom Manzo
President, Timely Prefinished Steel Door Frames and President and Chairman of the Board at California Business and Industrial Alliance

Recent job reports show California’s unemployment rate is holding at 4.4 percent, and while that may be a record low for the state, it continues to remain higher than both the national average and many of our neighbors to the east. Historically, California is known for its creative thinking and innovative spirit, but recently it seems as […]

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Time to Hold Our Judges Accountable When it Comes To PAGA

Tom Manzo
President, Timely Prefinished Steel Door Frames and President and Chairman of the Board at California Business and Industrial Alliance

Last week the California Supreme Court published an opinion in Alvarado v. Dart Container Corp. of California that should strike fear in the hearts of the state’s small businesses. It is a significant decision for employers operating in California that offer incentive pay for working longer/atypical hours (i.e., shift differentials) or non-discretionary bonuses, because the […]

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There is Hope for PAGA Reform

Tom Manzo
President, Timely Prefinished Steel Door Frames and President and Chairman of the Board at California Business and Industrial Alliance

The path to reform of PAGA has been tortuous and seemingly out of reach for employers in California. Bills have been introduced in the Legislature, only to languish for lack of votes to hear, let alone pass, the modest reform measures. Just weeks ago, 3 ballot initiatives that made major changes to PAGA were pulled […]

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Labor Law Reform is Long Overdue

Tom Manzo
President, Timely Prefinished Steel Door Frames and President and Chairman of the Board at California Business and Industrial Alliance

The California Business and Industrial Alliance (CABIA) was formed last year after the company I work for was assaulted with a wage and hour PAGA Lawsuit. This cost us over a million dollars and will take us years to recover. Late lunches and misclassified safety incentives were the violations we committed. Our flexible schedule and […]

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