C.A.S.H. Leading Charge to Improve Labor Compliance Oversight Process
As many of our members are now aware, since the approval of AB 436 (Solario) in 2011 which created the Compliance Monitoring Unit (CMU), there have been significant challenges in its implementation.
During the process of developing the regulations for AB 436, C.A.S.H. raised a variety of concerns related to making sure that the process is easy for school districts to navigate, including advocating that school district responsibilities under the CMU are clearly understood and that the electronic reporting system be efficient and easy to access. As implementation of the CMU proceeded, however, according to reports from the field it has become clear that the CMU system has not worked as planned.
C.A.S.H. contacted our state agency partners at the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) to discuss solutions to the persistent failures of the CMU electronic submittal procedure. Specifically, C.A.S.H. has been working with Eric Rood, Assistant Chief (DIR), to improve the efficiency of the CMU process.
Mr. Rood participated in a conference call set up by C.A.S.H. that included representatives of school districts and county offices of education to discuss strategies for how to improve the CMU process. In addition, C.A.S.H. and DIR conducted joint local/regional workshops to bring DIR personnel together with school district and county office personnel responsible for school construction. Finally, as a result of the feedback from our member school districts, the DIR has decided to terminate the current software provider and replace it with a more effective one.
In conclusion, C.A.S.H. would like to thank DIR, and Eric Rood and his staff in particular, for taking the concerns of school districts seriously, and for working with us in good faith to create a CMU process that works for everyone. I would also like to thank my colleague on the C.A.S.H. Board, Jenny Hannah, who has taken a leadership role in leading the charge to improve the CMU process.