Employers with at least 50 full-time employees in the San Francisco Bay Area must offer commuter benefits, such as payments for commuter transit passes made with employees’ pre-tax earnings, to any employee who works at least 20 hours per week no later than September 30, 2014.Covered employers also must communicate commuter benefits information to employees, designate a commuter benefits coordinator, and register with the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (“CBP”). The CBP is a pilot program that will be effective until December 2016. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (“Air District”) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (“MTC”) are authorized to adopt and implement the CBP.Covered EmployersThe CBP applies to all public, private, or nonprofit entities that employ at least 50 full-time employees per week in the San Francisco Bay Area. For purposes of the CBP, the Bay Area includes all of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, … [Read more...] about San Francisco Bay Area Employers Must Provide Commuter Benefits by September 30th, 2014
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San Francisco Bay employers with 50 or more full-time employees within the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (“Air District”) were required to register and offer commuter benefits to their employees as of yesterday. Violators are subject to civil penalties for the enforcement of air pollution control laws under the California Health and Safety Code, including penalties up to $10,000 per day. Employers may register online at https://commuterbenefits.511.org/.Commuter benefits are intended to encourage employees to take transit, vanpool, carpool, bicycle and walk, rather than drive alone to work. The Air District covers employers from Napa and Calistoga in the North, to Vacaville, Antioch and Brentwood in the East, to Gilroy in the South; a map of the Air District is available by clicking here.Covered employers must offer employees one or four commuter benefit options to comply with the program. A summary of the benefit options, … [Read more...] about The San Francisco Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program Starts Today!
A 2014 Bay Area Council Poll found overwhelming support among residents for installation of new antennae, cell towers and fiber optic cables in their city. According to over 1,000 residents surveyed, a whopping 74 percent say it’s time to upgrade and modernize communications systems to ensure faster mobile and Internet services. Such widespread support isn’t surprising — a majority of residents rely on their smartphones for everyday tasks and 42 percent have ditched their landlines. These survey results have been released at a pivotal time, as local government officials are currently developing policies regarding communication network upgrades and competition in the mobile marketplace is rising with the entrance of new technology companies.Read More (Poll Results): http://documents.bayareacouncil.org/bacpollresults3.pdfRead More (CBS … [Read more...] about San Francisco Bay Area Residents Want More Wireless Towers
It wasn’t just wineries that suffered damage Sunday from an earthquake in California’s Napa Valley. The magnitude 6.0 temblor was the worst the area has seen in 25 years and left law firms and at least one courthouse with cracked and crumbling walls.Hundreds were injured by the 3:20 a.m. quake, mostly by falling debris, but there were no immediate reports of fatalities, according to KTVU and USA Today.Interviewed in downtown Napa, where he was scheduled to appear in court on Monday, attorney Jeff Hammond was teary as he caught sight of the city’s historic 1870s courthouse, reports NBC Bay Area.“It was a sick feeling. The ground was just rolling,” Hammond told the station on Sunday, describing what he had felt when the earthquake began. “This is obviously the worst we’ve ever seen here.”The KTVU article includes a photo of a missing corner of the courthouse and USA Today says the quake knocked out a 10-foot section of the building. It … [Read more...] about Worst quake in decades hits San Francisco Bay area; law firms, at least one courthouse damaged
It's no secret commuting in the San Francisco Bay Area is as difficult as it gets. But Richmond resident Janis Johnson has found a unique way of avoiding congested highways by kayaking to work. “I had come down here from the foothills and I kind of jokingly boasted to my friends, ‘I’m going to get a kayak and kayak to work,’” Johnson told NBC Bay Area on a chilly August morning while getting ready for her kayak commute. “I was just thinking that would be the ultimate in coolness and so, I did!” Johnson lives on board a 44-foot boat in Marina Bay only 2.25 miles away from her job at KKMI, a boat repair and maintenance yard. A couple of times a week, she’ll wake up a little earlier than usual, prepare her kayak and make her way down the Harbor Channel at a pace of about 15 minutes per mile. See How Big California's Biggest-Ever Fire Would Be in Your City When she doesn’t take her kayak, Skedaddle, out into … [Read more...] about Commute by Water: Bay Area Woman Avoids Rush Hour on Kayak