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    Thursday, August 15, 2019
    The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) has confirmed the first mosquito sample infected with West Nile virus (WNV) in the City of Buena Park. The mosquitoes were collected in a routine mosquito trap located on the corner of Crescent Ave. and Western Ave. on August 7.  OCMVCD inspectors will be closely monitoring the area and will report any additional findings. ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 14, 2019
    Smart city development and its impact on the business community highlights the focus of the 2019 State of North Orange County. The annual program presented by the North Orange County Chamber, shares advances being made in the region to prepare for the future. California State University, Fullerton serves as the host site for the meeting being held in the University’s Titan Student Union on ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 13, 2019
     Aug 12 2019 -  Hiring -  HRWatchdog   I hired a number of employees to work on a short-term project for me. I classified them as “temporary” and therefore not eligible for benefits (other than paid sick leave). The project keeps getting extended though, and many of those employees have now been working for me for several months. At what point do I have to fire them or make them regular ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 07, 2019
    July 31, 2019 CalChamber Employers in California are now required to protect their employees from potential harm created by wildfire smoke, following approval of an emergency regulation by the Office of Administrative Law on July 29. The rule is effective through January 28, 2020, with two possible 90-day extensions. In this episode ofThe Workplace, CalChamber Policy Advocate Robert Moutrie ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 07, 2019
    Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by earthquakes that occurred July 4-12, 2019, announced acting Administrator Christopher M. Pilkerton of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 30, 2019
    July 30, 2019 Adam Regele Environmental Regulation One cannot travel very far in the Golden State without being bombarded with cancer warnings. Thanks to Proposition 65 (Prop 65), a 1986 voter-approved ballot initiative titled California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, it would seem that just about everything in California causes cancer, birth defects or other ...read more
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    Friday, July 26, 2019
    July 22, 2019, Valerie Nera, Finance A bill establishing a process for local agencies to create a public bank continues to move through the Legislature.  Several amendments have been taken to more closely align private bank regulatory requirements to public banks.  However, a few questions remain unanswered: (1) What need is not being met by private banks?  And (2) How will the author/sponsor ...read more
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    Friday, July 26, 2019
    We are over halfway through 2019, and as always, you can count on the Golden State for interesting developments in employment law. Most of this year’s updates come from court rulings, agency actions and previous legislation’s delayed implementation. Regardless, be sure you’re compliant with new and updated hiring, wage and hour and leaves of absence requirements. CalChamber’s employment law ...read more
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    Friday, July 26, 2019
     July 26, 2019 Robert Moutrie A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer bill that would charge employers to provide unemployment insurance (UI) compensation to striking employees during labor disputes awaits action in the state Senate next month. AB 1066 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego) overturns more than 70 years of precedent and creates solvency issues for California’s UI system by providing ...read more
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    Friday, July 26, 2019
    Barry Moltz, Small Business Expert, Shafran Moltz Group Reprinted from American Express.com "There aren't enough hours in the day" is a lie we tell ourselves as we procrastinate. There is enough time to get the critical things done daily if we create and follow a constant process. The common refrain from business owners is that there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. ...read more
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    Thursday, July 25, 2019
    This week, illustrators, photographers, writers, entrepreneurs, and other small business owners in the creative industry will visit with lawmakers and administration officials in Washington, D.C. in support of a bipartisan solution for Main Street businesses to defend their intellectual property.  While the American system of copyright law was designed to protect the livelihood of these ...read more
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    Thursday, July 25, 2019
    California’s three investor-owned electric utilities have agreed to chip in a combined $10.5 billion to a new fund to cover the costs of future catastrophic wildfires caused by power company equipment. Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric’s decision Thursday to contribute to the fund marks a win for Gov. Gavin Newsom and lawmakers who argued it will help stabilize the state’s ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 24, 2019
    NEIL BRADLEY, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce   There’s good news and bad news on the U.S. Export-Import Bank (EXIM). The good news is that, thanks to Senate confirmation of several board members in May, the bank is up and running again. The bad news is that its charter will lapse at the end of September. Congress, most notably the House Financial ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 24, 2019
     Jul 23 2019 -  Independent Contractor -  Matthew J. Roberts, Esq.Although the Ninth Circuit has made a U-turn, the California Supreme Court may still determine Dynamex applies retroactively. The Dynamex saga is back for a sequel. In a brief yet temporary win for employers, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals depublished its Vasquez opinion. Remember, in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 24, 2019
     Jul 24 2019 -  Compensation -  Bianca Saad The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued an opinion letteraddressing permissible rounding practices for calculating an employee’s hours worked. In the letter, a government contractor, who is subject to the Service Contract Act (SCA), uses payroll software to calculate wages based on recorded time entries. The software rounds each employee’s ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 23, 2019
    CalSavers Retirement Savings Program is the State's new effort to level the playing field for small business workers, the self-employed, and the nearly 7.5 million Californians who lack access to a savings program at work.  CalSavers was launched statewide on July 1, 2019 and now requires all businesses with five or more employees to either offer a retirement savings vehicle from the private ...read more
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