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2018 MANUFACTURING ISSUES

by Nicole Rice

The ever-changing workplace rules

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anufacturers make investment and hiring
decisions based on estimated total
costs of their manufacturing operation,
including such major elements as wages, energy,
land acquisitions or construction, taxes, equipment,
and permitting. It becomes challenging to accurately
predict future operational expenses amidst everchanging workplace rules that can impact total
payroll, productivity and/or the requirements for
certain equipment.
Unanticipated new rules on wage rates, leave
benefits, exempt status, health and safety or
something else could upset the most carefully drawn
plans and turn a profitable operation into a big loser.
A few such proposals were considered in 2017. A
single-payer healthcare plan as proposed in SB 562
could cause employer costs to skyrocket if federal
funds are not approved for that purpose.
A new regulation to protect against indoor heat
illness by the Division of Occupational Safety and
Health (Cal/OSHA) could require the use of costly

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engineering controls or temperature monitoring
devices that may not necessarily improve upon their
existing safety practices and training. Unless the
regulation is flexible and adaptable to manufacturing
operations, the result could be millions of dollars of
unanticipated costs.
Manufacturing today depends on a highlycomplex connection between skilled workers and
each company's design, robotics, and logistics
systems. Small and medium-sized manufacturers are
particularly vulnerable when efficient operations are
undermined by conflicts between workplace rules
and production schedules. The cost increases could
make them uncompetitive in a global marketplace
against other companies that are not subject to
California-only regulations.
Post-recession data on the state's manufacturing
investments (found on page 12 of this magazine)
demonstrates that California needs to pay attention to the unintended consequences of new
workplace rules.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide

"Builders of the West"– October 1, 1921
President's Message
Then & Now
State of California Manufacturing
Modernize California Laws for Leading Edge Manufacturing
New Digital Marketplace to Bolster Manufacturers
Two CNC Machining Shops Investing in California
CMTA Changing of the Guard
CompanyWeek Comes to California
A Successful History of Manufacturing Services at CMTA
The Future of Policy Making is Grassroots
CMTA Associate Spotlight
California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - Intro
California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - cover1
California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - cover2
California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - 3
California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - "Builders of the West"– October 1, 1921
California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - President's Message
California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - Then & Now
California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - 7
California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - State of California Manufacturing
California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - 9
California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - Modernize California Laws for Leading Edge Manufacturing
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California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - 12
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California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - New Digital Marketplace to Bolster Manufacturers
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California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - Two CNC Machining Shops Investing in California
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California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - 23
California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - CMTA Changing of the Guard
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California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - CompanyWeek Comes to California
California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - 27
California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - A Successful History of Manufacturing Services at CMTA
California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - The Future of Policy Making is Grassroots
California Manufacturers & Technology Association - 2018 Guide - CMTA Associate Spotlight
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