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    Friday, August 16, 2019
    By  Robert Moutrie  - August 16, 2019 A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill allowing the Attorney General and private attorneys to sue taxpayers for perceived tax errors will be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee next week. AB 1270 (M. Stone; D-Scotts Valley) expands the False Claims Act (FCA) to allow the Attorney General and private attorneys to sue taxpayers for ...read more
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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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    Thursday, August 15, 2019
    The California State Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 14, authored by Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar), which recognizes August 15, 2019 as the 74th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Korea which celebrates Korean heritage and the Korean American community's vast contributions to our nation.  "Our state and country have been enriched by the contributions of ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 14, 2019
    Total Could Nearly Double if “Spot Bill” Is Amended to Impose Tax on Services SACRAMENTO – California lawmakers have proposed more than $20.4 billion a year in higher taxes and fees so far during the current legislative session, the nonpartisan California Tax Foundation reported today. “The proposals cumulatively would represent 14 percent of general fund revenue at a time when California has a ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 14, 2019
     August 14, 2019 CalChamber The California Legislature has one final month to pass bills to the Governor before going on recess for the rest of the year. In this week’s episode of The Workplace, CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg, and CalChamber Executive Vice President Jennifer Barrera update listeners on the status of important pending legislation that will have a huge impact on employers ...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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    Wednesday, August 14, 2019
    For  the ninth straight year, California enacted its annual state budget before July 1, the start of the new fiscal year. During the Great Recession, budgets were late by days and sometimes weeks, delaying payments to schools, local governments, businesses, and others who rely on the state to pay its bills.Controller Yee, California’s chief fiscal officer, applauded Governor Gavin Newsom for an ...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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    Tuesday, August 13, 2019
    Lawmakers return to California’s Capitol Monday for a final five weeks of hashing out legislation with more than 1,000 bills awaiting action. They’ve already passed several milestone bills this year, including ones on police use-of-force and wildfire liability. But they — and Gov. Gavin Newsom — still face some major battles, including one that pits teachers unions against charter schools and a ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 07, 2019
    By Seema Mehta, Melanie Mason | August 7, 2019Orange County, long a Republican stronghold, has officially turned blue. The county that nurtured Ronald Reagan’s conservatism and is the resting place of Richard Nixon is now home to 547,458 registered Democrats, compared with 547,369 Republicans, according to statistics released early Wednesday morning by the county Registrar of Voters. And the ...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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    Wednesday, August 07, 2019
    Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) honored Jimmy John's of La Palma as the 29th Senate District's Small Business of the Month. The recognition ceremony held at Jimmy John's included Senator Chang, La Palma Council Member Michele Steggell, co-owner Frank Gamwell, and General Manager Denise Komoda.   "It's important for us to highlight the achievements and contributions of small businesses, ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 06, 2019
    Following strong bipartisan support, the Governor signed Senate Bill 366, authored by Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar), that will equip students in higher education with preventative and educational information about cyberbullying. Women and LGBT college-aged students are at a higher risk of being victims of cyber-bullying. "Cyber-harassment does not end once college begins. I've had the ...read more
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    Friday, August 02, 2019
    By CalChamber - August 2, 2019 Strong advocacy by the California Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with other business groups has led to positive outcomes in several complex regulatory matters. Changes that will help employers are evident in: • The emergency wildfire smoke protection regulation adopted by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA);Read more.
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    Friday, August 02, 2019
    Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They also are used to redraw the boundaries ...read more
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    Thursday, August 01, 2019
     August 1, 2019 Leah Silverthorn In response to objections raised by the California Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, the California Air Resources Control Board (CARB) has dropped—for now—its proposal to require many small businesses to report air emissions. The newest draft of the air emissions reporting regulation does not require the duplicative data collection and reporting by a ...read more
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    Thursday, August 01, 2019
    EdSource, August 1, 2019 To address a persistent teacher shortage in math and science, the California State University system is pumping $10 million into its Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative over the next four years. While enrollment in teacher preparation programs in California has increased in recent years, the majority of districts are still struggling to fill teaching positions. ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 31, 2019
    SB 180 is the first ever legislation addressing emerging CRISPR technologyFollowing unanimous support in the Legislature, the Governor signed the first bill into law addressing the emerging CRISPR technology. Authored by Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar), Senate Bill 180 is a new consumer protection law that requires sellers of gene therapy kits known as "DIY CRISPR Kits" to include a notice ...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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    Monday, July 29, 2019
    Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva (D – Orange County) announced that the Fullerton and Santa Ana Armories will re-open for the Winter Shelter Program (WSP) in agreement with the Army National Guard. The emergency homeless shelters will open earlier, beginning October 15, 2019 and remain open through April 15, 2020.  The Armories will provide much needed shelter to homeless individuals during the winter ...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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    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
     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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    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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    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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    Tuesday, July 23, 2019
    OC Waste & Recycling’s Drive-Thru Day is July 24, 2019. Drive-Thru service, believed to have originated in 1947 along Route 66, sure has changed since the days of roller skates and meal trays. Drive-thrus are now used at many businesses like pharmacies, banks, coffee shops, and even waste and recycling facilities. This iconic measure of convenience is observed annually on July 24, National ...read more
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    Monday, July 22, 2019
    When legislators began their summer recess last week, the ultimate outcome on many priority business issues remained uncertain. Strong opposition from the California Chamber of Commerce and allied groups stopped, stalled or amended 26 of the 31 job killer bills identified this year. But the five remaining job killers have the potential to significantly harm the state’s economic growth and job ...read more
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    Monday, July 22, 2019
    Understanding Prop. 13 and Property Tax Administration In California, property taxes are the main revenue source for local governments. With assessed values in excess of $6.1 trillion, revenue from property tax was nearly $66.5 billion for Fiscal Year 2017-18. The revenue was used to fund schools, law enforcement, parks, and other public services. In general, the funds are allocated 15 percent ...read more
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    Monday, July 22, 2019
    The federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act provides an important tool for people with disabilities to achieve a greater degree of financial independence. Recognizing the special financial challenges families face over a lifetime raising children with disabilities, the federal ABLE Act of 2014 added to the Internal Revenue Code rules under which states or state agencies may establish ...read more
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    Friday, July 19, 2019
    By  CalChamber - July 19, 2019 The following list summarizes top priority bills for the California Chamber of Commerce and their status as of July 12, when the Legislature began its summer recess.  Download a Print-Friendly PDF of the Final Status Report here. Within each subject area, the list presents bills in order of priority with the highest priorities at the top. The CalChamber will ...read more
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    Thursday, July 18, 2019
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley released the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 748, the “Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019.” The Chamber issued a key vote in support of passage of the bill. “We commend the House for passing this legislation, which would repeal the so-called “Cadillac Tax.” The Chamber ...read more
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    Monday, July 15, 2019
    For the 28th consecutive year, Measure M is delivering transportation improvements to Orange County, as promised to voters. An independent oversight committee closely monitors the expenditure of funds generated by this voter-approved sales tax measure. At its annual Measure M public hearing, the Taxpayer Oversight Committee unanimously found that the Orange County Transportation Authority ...read more
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