Western Carwash Association

Western Carwash Association

Registration Now Open For Inland Empire Roadshow and Annual Membership Meeting 

October 20-21, 2015 
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
3649 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501

CLICK HERE for more information and to get registered! 
 

LEGISLATIVE ALERTS 

 
California paid sick leave law takes effect July 1st

Sacramento, CA - June 30, 2015 

Effective July 1st, California law requires all employers to provide employees with a minimum of three paid sick days per year. The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 entitles employees who have worked in California for 30 or more days within a year to paid sick days for prescribed purposes, to be accrued at a rate of no less than one hour for every 30 hours worked.

Click HERE for more details on the new law. 

 

California Minimum Wage Bill Clears The Senate 

Sacramento, CA - June 5, 2015 

California Senate Bill 3 by Senator Mark Leno from San Francisco received a majority vote in the State Senate to send the bill to the Assembly. SB 3 seeks to make an additional increase to the state’s minimum wage. This bill would increase the minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2017 and starting 2019 would force upward indexing tied to the Consumer Price Index.

Existing law will raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour starting January 1, 2016. The final implementation of this law has not taken place yet and the impacts to businesses and job growth have not been analyzed or studied.

 

Passage of Tax Extenders Contains Key Tax Breaks

WASHINGTON, D.C. (DECEMBER 17, 2014)

 BY MICHAEL COHN

Congress’s long-awaited passage of tax extenders legislation provides a short-term extension through only the end of this year of dozens of familiar tax breaks for businesses and individuals, along with a new savings program for the disabled.

The Senate passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act on Tuesday evening and President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law (see Congress Passes Tax Extenders). The bill was combined with the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, also known as the ABLE Act, to help those with disabilities and their caregivers to save and provide for education, housing, and medical expenses in the future.

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CA Paid Sick Leave Update – Based On Current DLSE Guidance It Appears You Need To Make Important Decisions Now

In September 2014, California passed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (aka California’s Paid Sick Leave law).  There has been much debate since the law’s passage about the law’s effective date – with some suggesting that the law is effective on January 1, 2015, others suggesting it is not effective until July 1, 2015, and still others saying that some parts of the law go into effect on January 1 and other parts are effective on July 1, 2015.  Given the debate, a number of employers have chosen to “wait and see” what the California Labor Commissioner would do with regard to issuing a poster and model written notice, as the issuance of those documents might help to see how the State interprets the law.

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Minimum Wage Increases

In addition to the Federal and state minimum wage increase that took place this year, a number of local governments have adopted or are considering adopting their own minimum wage (or “living wage”) increases. Please see the following MINIMUM WAGE SUMMARY to determine if your local area has or is considering additional minimum wage.

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Child Labor Law Updates

Download the California Child Labor Law Pamphlet


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California Drought: Some Water Organizations Targeting Car Washes

Governor Brown issued an Executive Order that strengthens the state's ability to manage water, asking citizens to redouble our efforts to conserve water. In this proclamation Governor Brown actually promotes the use of professional car washes: "Limit vehicle washing at home by patronizing local carwashes that use recycled water." - 3.c of proclamation.

However, in an effort to show they are doing something to reduce water consumption, some water organizations have targeted washing cars as a way of doing that. Two of these misguided programs that we are aware of are Los Angeles: Go Dirty for the Drought and Ventura: A Little Dirt Won't Hurt, including an article about the Ventura program in the Wall Street Journal: Car Owners Talk Dirty to Save Water.

You Can Make a Difference
Due to WCA and ICA reaching out to Ventura, they have now added the language "Using A Professional Car Wash Is The Smart Environmental Choice," to their program! The more we educate, the more opportunity we have to make a difference in these careless programs.

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WCA Gets Message to Media
NBC Nightly News decided to do a special report on these two “drive dirty” campaigns. Due to WCA’s Alert – WCA was asked to give our prospective. Jeff Paul of Fashion Square Car Wash was featured, giving the professional car wash perspective. Although the entire piece is a “puff piece” meant to make people feel like they are doing something to help the drought by not washing their cars – but at least we were able to get our message in about how professional car washes are drought-conscious.

WCA Drought Information and Resources

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  1. Working with our lobbying firm to ensure that the message from the state level recognizes that professional car washes conserve water.
  2. Tracking drought stages and communicating with various water agencies to encourage communities to use professional car washes.
  3. Gathering resources and information to provide WCA members with help during this crisis.
  4. Encouraging WCA members to join the International Carwash Association (ICA) WaterSavers program which provides consumer marketing and important data to back up our water conservation efforts.  

Visit the Environmental section of our website under Industry Information for additional resources. Be sure to have your log-in name and password available.
   
We are encouraging all of our members to share the resources with regulators and consumers. Be sure to keep the WCA office informed of your activities so we can assist where possible.
 
Members click here for resource information.

Legal Activities

Passage of Tax Extenders Contains Key Tax Breaks

Congress’s long-awaited passage of tax extenders legislation provides a short-term extension through only the end of this year o…

CA Elections Update, Budget Forecasts & Special Elections Preview from Political Solutions

2014 California General Election Update

Industry News

Bay Area Car Washes Recognized for Water Collection and Conservation Efforts

Bay Area Car Washes Recognized for Water Collection and Conservation Efforts.

Easing the Sting for Customers Waiting in Line

Line management systems reduce the frustration for vehicle owners waiting to get their cars washed.

Legal Updates

Minimum Wage - California Local Government Proposals

City of Richmond – Minimum Wage Increase – Adopted May 7, 2014. The Richmond City Council voted unanimously to approve a minimu…

CA Paid Sick Leave Update – Based On Current DLSE Guidance It Appears You Need To Make Important Decisions Now

In September 2014, California passed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (aka California’s Paid Sick Leave law)…