Lawsuit Seeks to Have Private Attorneys General Act Declared Unconstitutional

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

On Wednesday, the California Business & Industrial Alliance (CABIA) representing hundreds of employers filed a complaint in Orange County challenging the Private Attorneys General Act’s (PAGA) constitutionality. The opening synopsis of the complaint asks: Are California business owners who inadvertently make a payroll error equivalent to the worst perpetrators of hate crimes? That’s the twisted […]

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PAGA Cost Wal-Mart 65 Million Dollars

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

If you are not familiar with PAGA, it stands for the Private Attorney General Act, a law referred to as the “sue your boss law”. It was enacted in 2004 and California is the only state in the union that has such a law. When the law was created there was a budget deficit in […]

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Business Continued to be Plagued By PAGA Lawsuits 

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

The company I run, Timely Industries was a victim of a PAGA Lawsuit, and what lead me to fight to change this law. Our violation was late lunches and misclassified safety incentives that cost us over a million dollars. In the last year alone more than 8,000 businesses and non-profits have also been the victim […]

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AB 1654, another Union Exemption

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

If you are unfamiliar with PAGA, consider yourself lucky. It stands for the Private Attorney General Act and was put into law in 2004. This law deputizes a trial lawyer to enforce any labor law violation. If you are an employer and have a disgruntled employee, once they see a trial lawyer, they will find […]

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Hey Legislators: What About Business?

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

As this week winds down with the influx of bills to be passed and signed things are very hectic in Sacramento. It seems the only concern of our legislators is to ensure they are passing and promoting bills that help them with their financial supporters. They do need to build a war chest for the […]

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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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