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COVID-19 Guide for Moving Companies

COVID-19 is a national emergency. Our lives are changing rapidly by the hour, and it is critical we remain vigilant and prepared for the situation.

What to do as a moving company

For more information CLICK HERE.

Disaster Loan Assistance

Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters

The Three-Step Process: Disaster Loan

For more information CLICK HERE.

News Release from Employment Development Department

Unprecedented demand for unemployment benefits triggered by COVID-19 
New claim totals and guidance for workers and employers

For more information CLICK HERE.


Regulating body begins new enforcement effort of existing law.

For more information CLICK HERE.

CMSA Alert: Online HHG Auctions

CMSA shared with its members an important information on online household goods auctions in California.

For more information about the alert, CLICK HERE.

CMSA Alert: AB 1897

CMSA shared with its members the news of AB 1897's passage in the state Legislature. This new law will require a client employer to share civil legal responsibility and civil liability for workers supplied by a labor contractor for the payment of wages and the failure to obtain valid workers' compensation coverage, and its possible application to California moving companies.

CMSA Legal Counsel Mark Hegarty drafted an AB 1897 bill analysis of how it may apply to California moving businesses.

For more information about the alert, CLICK HERE.

FMCSA Warns Motor Carriers about Fraud Schemes

Originally printed in Land Line magazine:

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is once again reminding motor carriers to be on the lookout for a new fraud scheme designed to get banking and financial information from unsuspecting victims.

According to the FMCSA memo, commonly encountered marketing techniques that are confusing or misleading include the following schemes:

  • A caller or written solicitation has a name very similar to USDOT/FMCSA but is not, in fact, a U.S. government agency.
  • A caller conveys urgency for a carrier to provide credit card or other payment information immediately by telephone or suffer immediate consequence. FMCSA officials and representatives do not ask for credit card numbers by telephone.
  • A caller or solicitation states they are "endorsed" by FMCSA. U.S. government agencies do not endorse any businesses or third-party service providers. Motor carrier third-party service providers often provide valuable services, but are NOT required by FMCSA. FMCSA provides support free of charge.
  • Vague responses from a caller when asked if they are an employee or authorized representative of FMCSA.
For more information, please go to the FMCSA Offers Suggestions to Motor Carriers for Avoiding Fraud Schemes article from the August 2014 Communicator issue.

CARB Smoke Test Reminder

CMSA recently received a message from a member that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is out conducting field audits of Smoke Inspection Reports (PSIP). If you regularly attend CMSA events, you are aware that we have been warning members since 2007, when they first started auditing movers, about the need for compliance. Basically, it costs approximately $100 to have 2 years of records, or you may be subject to a $1,000 fine per vehicle and still have to comply with the rule.

The Periodic Smoke Inspection “Fleet” Program (PSIP)
Requires California-based truck and bus fleets with two or more heavy duty diesel vehicles (gross vehicle rating over 14,000 pounds; except for 1998 and older, the rating is over 6,000 pounds) to conduct annual smoke opacity and tampering self-inspections for all of their vehicles.

To ensure
compliance, the Air Resources Board audits maintenance and inspection records and may test a representative sample of vehicles.

For more information,
call (562) 865-2900 or (800) 672-1415


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