Small Business Council

New Industry Law Updates

  • December 08, 2022 2:30pm  -  4:30pm PST

Get up to date with new construction industry employment laws affecting your organization’s policies and practices. This program will discuss new laws and court decisions and provide strategies to implement new requirements at your company.

What You Will Learn

  • Review the labor & employment laws that were passed in 2022 that will affect the Construction Industry
  • Discuss what the new laws mean for you
  • Discuss implementation of the new requirements

Target Audience

UCON Members

Harassment Prevention Training

  • November 08, 2022 2:30pm  -  4:30pm PST

Under SB 1343, all California companies with five or more employees must provide sexual harassment training to all employees. Non-supervisory employees must receive at least one hour of sexual harassment training, and supervisors must receive two hours of sexual harassment training. This training must be renewed every two years and be provided to any new hire within six months of their hire date or promotion to a supervisory position. This course meets the state-mandated requirements.

How the Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations Apply to Me a Motor Carrier

  • October 20, 2022 2:30pm  -  3:30pm PDT

This course will review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration drug and alcohol testing regulations for drivers with a CDL.

What You Will Learn

  • Pre-employment testing.
  • Random testing.
  • Post-Accident testing
  • Reasonable suspicion testing
  • Supervisor required training.

Target Audience

Managers of commercial motor vehicle drivers


Dave Helge, Idealease


Sub Contractor Contract Writing Series - Insurance and Indemnity

  • October 13, 2022 2:30pm  -  4:30pm PDT

In this class, participants will learn about different types of indemnity clauses, how subtle differences in indemnity clauses can have large impacts, and how California law limits indemnity and defense obligations owners and general contractors may extract from others. The interplay between indemnity and insurance will be explained, and typical insurance requirements will be analyzed for type of coverage, reasonable limits, acceptable and unacceptable exclusions, and differences in additional insured endorsements. The role of subrogation waivers will also be considered.

How to Get Paid/Prompt Payment

  • October 11, 2022 2:30pm  -  4:30pm PDT

This class will cover mechanic's liens, stop payment notices, and bond claims. You will learn practical tips to get paid!

What You Will Learn

  • Mechanic's liens
  • Stop payment notices
  • Bond claims
  • Practical tips

Target Audience

Everyone: even if you are not responsible for collections in the company, it is good to have at least a basic understanding of time frames and requirements.


Janette Leonidou, Leonidou & Rosin Professional Corp.


Construction Insurance and Bonding

  • October 04, 2022 2:30pm  -  4:30pm PDT

This course will introduce the concepts of insurance, surety, and risk management for construction companies and projects. We will review specific insurance coverages, types of surety bonds contractors can expect to see in their contracts, establishing and enhancing safety programs, ways to mitigate risk, and turning your insurance program into a profit center.

Sub Contractor Contract Writing Series - Change Orders

  • September 15, 2022 2:30pm  -  4:30pm PDT

This session takes on changes and extra work for which subcontractors may have rights to be paid and given extra time, such as changes in scope, cost increases, unforeseen conditions, and force majeure. Participants will review language setting up processes and requirements for requesting and documenting the extra work, the amount charged, and the time to be given, and conclude with notice and waiver provisions, their consequences, and how to avoid them.

What You Will Learn

WIP It! Upgrading the WIP Schedule to a Management Tool

  • August 02, 2022 2:30pm  -  August 09, 2022 3:30pm PDT
  • August 09, 2022 2:30pm  -  3:30pm PDT

This is a two-part session taking place on August 2 and August 9 from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm each day. The class takes a deep dive into preparing the work in process schedule and how these schedules can provide value to many segments of the Contractor’s business. The goal is to create a tool that expands further than just financial reporting.

Wildfire Preparedness

  • July 26, 2022 2:30pm  -  4:30pm PDT

Smoke from wildfires contains chemicals, gases and fine particles that can harm health. The greatest hazard comes from breathing fine particles in the air, which can reduce lung function, worsen asthma and other existing heart and lung conditions, and cause coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing. This class will cover the following topics:

Cybersecurity and Insurance

  • July 19, 2022 2:30pm  -  4:00pm PDT

Every company faces increased cyber risk in today’s modern world – and contractors are no exception. The rise of ransomware and social engineering attacks has led many contractors to face crippling financial losses throughout the past few years. Join UCON to learn from cybersecurity and cyber liability insurance experts on best practices required to protect your company and how cyber insurance can support your business when an attack occurs.

Sub Contractors Contract Writing Series - Schedule and Delays

  • July 14, 2022 2:30pm  -  4:30pm PDT

Here we discuss subcontract clauses impacting scheduling issues—including schedule control and input, coordination, sequencing, efficiency, and acceleration—compensation and/or liability for delays, consequential and liquidated damages, and damages waivers.

What You Will Learn

  • Explore ways subcontractors may seek shared control over schedule and handling of consequences when schedule problems happen
  • Learn to negotiate clauses that allocate and mitigate damages for schedule problems

Target Audience

Prime and sub contractors

Performing Quantity and Material Takeoffs

  • June 08, 2022 2:30pm  -  4:30pm PDT


Performing accurate quantity and material takeoffs is essential to arriving at the proper project price and procuring materials and construction services. This overview of principles and techniques will guide participants through various takeoff exercises, arriving at quantities and materials required for several essential construction elements.

Sub Contractor Contract Writing Series - Contract Types and Scope of Work

  • June 09, 2022 2:30pm  -  4:30pm PDT

Explore standard and master contract forms and how they are used. Learn the power of inclusions, exclusions, and conditions in proposals and how they influence subcontract terms. Identify traps for the unwary that expand scope and liability, such as responsibility for the design and unforeseen conditions, and learn how to avoid them.

Construction Finance

  • May 24, 2022 2:30pm  -  4:30pm PDT

This class covers detailed topics and best practices for construction accounting and finance.

What You Will Learn

  • The basics of construction revenue recognition, WIP schedules, and balance sheet
  • Understanding key cash flow issues
  • Being familiar with financial issues related to unapproved change orders/claims
  • Understanding the importance of job cost control and estimated costs to complete

Target Audience

Construction accounting managers, project accountants, project management

Prime Contractor Contract Writing Series - Contract Types and Owner Responsibilities

  • May 19, 2022 2:30pm  -  4:30pm PDT

In this opening session, the discussion will include the different types of contracts, from lump sum to design-build, explore clauses addressing the owner’s responsibilities for financing disclosures, time for processing submittals, RFIs, change orders, and payments, and the contractor’s right to stop work.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn about different types of project delivery structures
  • Understand contract clauses defining Owner obligations and how to negotiate them

Target Audience

Owners, developers and prime contractors

Best Practices for Written Construction Correspondence

  • May 12, 2022 2:30pm  -  4:30pm PDT

The construction industry has specific project documentation, communications, and correspondence requirements that demand focused efforts. The major pieces of construction correspondence will be the launching pad for this workshop. Participants will deal with everything from the basic rules of grammar to industry-specific documentation requirements.

Claims Documentation and Change Orders

  • April 26, 2022 2:30pm  -  4:30pm PDT

Learn how to identify the warning signs of a claim and processes for recovering appropriate losses, including the use of the change order method and presentation of claims. This class will discuss key differences between public and private projects, general causes of claims, and basic procedures to follow. Learn how to identify, preserve, document, perfect and quantify your delay and disruption damages.

Construction Leaders Dashboard

  • April 21, 2022 2:30pm  -  4:30pm PDT

Do you struggle to focus on what matters most? The Construction Leaders Dashboard is the right tool to help you clarify what's most important to your leadership, so you can stop struggling, stay grounded and focused, and maximize your leadership impact. Learning how to use the Dashboard will help you understand eight critical areas that have a tremendous effect on your leadership effectiveness: Vision, Mission, Values, Edge, Performance Metrics, Initiatives, Relationships, Development Opportunities. No project gets completed without identifying and using the right tools.