We have a new member, Friedman Family, LLP. The company was founded by Morton Friedman, who was a prominent Sacramento-area attorney, in 1962. Second generation Mark Friedman now runs the company and has developed many high-quality projects under the name Fulcrum Property. The company also does real estate investments and management. Thanks once again to Dave Lucchetti for bringing another member to FBA.
FBA is pleased to announce that Downs Energy has become the newest family business to join our 10-year-old association. The company was founded in 1940 by Elvin Downs as Downs Oil and has evolved into a commercial fuel marketer serving Southern California. Now in its third generation of Downs family ownership, the Corona-based company strives to provide excellent compensation to its employees, exceptional value to its customers, and generous support to its partner charitable organizations. In other words, another great #FamilyBusiness. Welcome!
Great news! The Assembly Business and Professions Committee on April 5 unanimously passed AB 2611, FBA’s sponsored bill to create in statute a definition of a family-owned business. A uniform clear definition will provide many benefits, including that it would provide one definition that can be referenced by local municipalities that want to promote family-owned businesses within their local jurisdictions. You can read more about the bill here.
Thanks to the bill’s author, Assembly Member Tom Daly of Anaheim, committee Chair Marc Berman of Palo Alto, Vice Chair Heath Flora of Ripon, and the other committee members for voting for our measure.
The measure is now pending before the full Assembly.
FBA is pleased to announce that two new companies have joined California’s only organization working exclusively to promote family-owned businesses.
ISYS Solutions, Inc. provides onsite medical case, rush medical case, catastrophic medical case, and telephonic medical case management for worker’s compensation, insurance, and healthcare. The Brea-based company was founded over 20 years ago by Chris Loumakis, and his daughter, Alysha Loumakis-Calderon, is now President & COO; daughters Lyndsi and Lorika Loumakis are corporate vice presidents. The company is highly rated by its clients and the mission statement is “ISYS is an organization of people with big minds, big hearts, lots of spirit and good character. We work creatively and intensively to provide case management solutions and have a positive impact on those we serve.”
Headquartered in Pomona, Performance Engineered Products, Inc., is an industry-leading custom plastic injection molding manufacturer with a national market. The company employs over 100 and was founded in 1981. It is owned by Dennis Savalia, who immigrated to the U.S. from India in 1986 and began his first plastic injection molding business in 2007. The company’s core values are empowerment, discipline, equality, prosperity, and teamwork.Thanks to FBA Director and SoCal Chapter Chairman Al Garcia for bringing this new company to FBA.
FBA has joined a coalition opposing SB 1127 (Atkins), which fundamentally alters longstanding rules and timeframes for determining eligibility for workers’ compensation claims and, as drafted, would dramatically increase systemic friction and litigation. SB 1127 reduces the timeline for employers to make a decision about covering a claimed injury but it does not harmonize any of the other statutes and regulations that prevent employers from complying with the new timeline. The bill changes the rules for all claims – including public- and private-sector employers – but the provisions as they apply to public employers are especially challenging.
SB 1127 has three main provisions, all of which are problematic:
Reduces the timeframe allotted for employers to investigate claims
Imposes massive new penalties on employers
More than doubles duration of temporary disability for cancer presumption claims
In addition, SB 1127 does not provide sufficient time to investigate claims, it creates new penalties that make taxpayer funded presumption claims dangerous to investigate, and it more than doubles temporary disability benefits.
More information about the bill can be found here.