Entries by Andrea Messina

Legislative Update from BHGS

The Bureau of Household Goods and Services, formerly the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation, has released Industry Advisory 19-01 entitled, “2018 Legislative Update”. This Advisory contains a summary of laws enacted January 1, 2019, that impact the Bureau or its licensees.

California Ranks as No. 1 ‘Judicial Hellhole’ in Nation

From CalChamber California has landed atop the “Judicial Hellholes” list again, according to the latest ranking of the “most unfair” civil litigation courts by the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF). Trailing not far behind California are Florida, New York City and St. Louis, Missouri. California was last at No. 1 in the 2015–2016 report, and […]

BEARHFTI will become BHGS in 2019

Effective January 1, the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI) will be renamed to the Bureau of Household Goods and Services (BHGS). The agency will encompass Electronic and Appliance Repair (EAR), Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation (HFTI) and Household Movers (HHM).

Look in the Mirror for Climate Change

(OC Register) Until the first steam locomotives were invented in the early 19th Century, man could travel as far as he could walk or as far as his horse would take him. Life was dirty, smelly, difficult – and short. Life expectancy was short and human misery was assured. There was virtually no military and […]

Relearning the ABCs: California Supreme Court Adopts New Independent Contractor Test, LaborSphere

[In April],  in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, 2018 WL 1999120 (Apr. 30, 2018) (Dynamex), the California Supreme Court upended the prevailing understanding of the independent contractor-employee distinction under California law. In a ruling that is certain to have wide-ranging repercussions for companies that rely on independent contractors, the Court declined to apply the multi-factor […]