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    Wednesday, December 12, 2018
    The City Council at its regular meeting held on December 4, 2018, selected a new mayor and mayor pro tem for 2019, swore in two Council Members, and recognized outgoing Council Member Kathy Flachmeier. The City Council selected Marshall Goodman as Mayor for 2019. Mayor Goodman stated, “La Palma is on an upward trend! I am excited to be a part of this productive time, and I am grateful for the ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 12, 2018
    On December 6, 2018, the Fourth Appellate District of the Court of Appeal of the State of California sided with the City and Pacific Coast Homes in the appeal filed by Friends of Coyote Hills. All three judges affirmed the City’s actions. The appeal was directed at the meaning and effect of Condition 26 of the 2011 Specific Plan and TTM resolutions, which provided that “[i]n the event the ...read more
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    Monday, December 10, 2018
    The City of Fullerton is currently accepting applications through Monday, January 7, 2019 for the various board, committee and commission positions. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be Fullerton residents and 18 years of age. Applicants should apply online www.cityoffullerton.com/BCCrecruitment. Direct appointments are scheduled to be made on January 15, 2019. ...read more
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    Friday, December 07, 2018
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced that it is extending the due date for certain 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting forms to be provided to employees.The deadline for providing Form 1095-B, Health Coverage and Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage to employees is now March 4, 2019, (extended from January 31, 2019). The deadline for employers ...read more
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    Friday, December 07, 2018
    By Amanda Beckers for Reuters The U.S. Congress on Thursday approved a two-week stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown, setting up a potential showdown over President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall later this month. Without action by Congress, funding for several federal agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, State Department and Department of Homeland Security, ...read more
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    Friday, December 07, 2018
    When economists and editorialists speak in worried tones about America’s “skills gap,” they’re referring to the mounting number of jobs that require some degree of technical know-how and the relative dearth of qualified candidates to fill them. For Traci Tapani, the phenomenon is no mere abstraction. It’s a potential company killer. “What we’ve started to see — and we started seeing this a ...read more
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    Friday, December 07, 2018
    On Tuesday evening, the community and council said goodbye to Council Member Flachmeier, who was appointed by a unanimous vote on January 3, 2018, to fill a vacated seat, and thanked her for her service to the community. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my City,” Council Member Flachmeier said. “I am pleased that we have such a wonderful City and can continue on a stable financial ...read more
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    Thursday, December 06, 2018
    The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has issued some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) discussing the new sexual harassment prevention training requirements that will have an impact on virtually every business in the state and all those businesses’ employees and supervisors. In the FAQs, the DFEH has clarified that the law requires that all employees be trained during ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Thursday, December 06, 2018
    Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the minimum wage for California employers with 25 or less employees increases from $10.50 to $11.00. Employers with 26 or more employees will see the minimum wage increase from $11 to $12. The state minimum wage will reach $15 by 2022. Once the minimum wage reaches $15 per hour for all businesses, wages could then be increased each year up to 3.5 percent (rounded to the ...read more
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    Thursday, December 06, 2018
    December 6, 2018 - Pursuant to California Elections Code section 15628 the Orange County Registrar of Voters will be conducting a recount of the ballots cast in the 2018 November 6th General Election, 34th Senate District, (Orange County's portion) contest. The election was conducted on November 6, 2018. The recount process will begin at the Registrar of Voters' office, 1300 South Grand ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 04, 2018
    California employers that don’t already offer a workplace retirement savings vehicle will be required to either begin offering one via the private market or provide their employees access to CalSavers, a state-run retirement savings plan, as early as June 2020. The CalSavers pilot program is open for employers to enroll; however, mandatory enrollment and contributions do not go into effect ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 04, 2018
    Los Angeles Times by: By JOHN MYERS , JAZMINE ULLOA  and PATRICK MCGREEVY, DEC 03, 2018 A bumper crop of Democrats convened Monday in the California Legislature, the largest group in the state’s modern history, swept into office by an electoral flood that could create a significant change on big-ticket issues including healthcare and child poverty. Sixty Democrats joined the Assembly, making up ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 04, 2018
    Registrar of Voters, Neal Kelley, certified the official results of the November 6 General Election on November 30, 2018. Elected officials for Fullerton, La Palma, and Placentia will be sworn into office on Tuesday, December 4 at the respective city council meetings. Total turnout from the election was 71% with 44.2% of voters casting their ballot by mail, 25.2% casting their ballot in a polling ...read more
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    Monday, December 03, 2018
    On November 30, President Donald J. Trump, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). President Trump called the new USMCA the “most modern, up-to-date, and balanced trade agreement in the history of our country.” At the signing, at the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, President Trump ...read more
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    Friday, November 30, 2018
    California voters are feeling better about the economy, but are still anxious about the cost of living, according to the recently released 2018 CalChamber Poll. Nearly two-thirds of voters say that more new jobs have been created where they live, up steadily from just 43% in 2015. Job increases have been noticed in every region of the state, including inland California. In addition to more new ...read more
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    Friday, November 30, 2018
    By Erika Pickles for CalChamber, Nov. 30, 2018   Are there any exceptions to California’s meal and rest break rules? As California employers know, employees in California are entitled to a 30-minute off-duty unpaid meal break for shifts greater than five hours, and a second 30-minute meal break for shifts over 10 hours. In addition, employees are entitled to a 10-minute off-duty paid rest ...read more
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    Thursday, November 29, 2018
    Commentary by Thomas J. Donohew, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce  Our economy is rapidly being reshaped by technology and other forces that are creating opportunity as well as disruption – and with it, insecurity for many businesses and workers.  Much of this insecurity can be attributed to two gaps that are preventing our nation from leveraging its talent and people from realizing ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    Source:  California Chamber of Commerce The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recentlyposted California’s 2017 occupational injury and illness summary data on employer-reported injuries. According to estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), had 466,600 nonfatal occupational injuries in 2017, a number stable from the prior year. Of the 466,600 nonfatal reportable ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    Source:  Los Angeles Times,By JAMES RUFUS KOREN Workers at architecture firm and general contractor Walker Workshop have planned and built high-end homes from Long Island to the Hollywood Hills. But planning for retirement and building savings is another story. Like many small business, the 16-employee Los Angeles company doesn’t offer a pension or 401(k) plan. Starting in January, though, ...read more
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    Monday, November 26, 2018
    CalChamber By Ellen Savage, J.D. With a few strokes of his pen on September 30th, 2018, the last day to sign or veto bills, Governor Jerry Brown altered the landscape for California employers in a number of significant ways. Here are some of the new laws taking effect in January 2019 that employers should anticipate:
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    Monday, November 26, 2018
    Capitol Insider - Valerie Nera Presented by CalChamber It’s another dry year on the Colorado River. The two-decade long drought on the river significantly lowered reservoir levels. Lake Powell is about 48 percent full, and Lake Mead, which is downstream from Lake Powell, is about 38 percent full. The federal Bureau of Reclamation believes there is a 57 percent chance of a shortfall in Lake ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 21, 2018
    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently issued a Notice of Administrative Determination of Preemption finding, stating that the Federal Hazardous Material Transportation Law and the Hazardous Materials Regulations preempt California meal and rest break laws for all hazardous materials motor vehicle drivers. As California ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 21, 2018
    Despite concerns raised by a California Chamber of Commerce-led coalition that proposed regulations regarding harassment and discrimination prevention and training will cause legal inconsistencies, the Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) is moving forward. According to the FEHC, the goal of the draft regulation is to clarify the individuals to whom fair employment and housing laws apply ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 21, 2018
    Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom has asked CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg to join the “All in California” program, a group of two dozen California leaders who will provide the new Governor with diverse ideas and perspectives as he prepares to step into his new role. “I am grateful for the opportunity to assist Governor-Elect Newsom in every way possible during the transition period and ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 20, 2018
    Eligible employees should take advantage of the health flexible spending arrangement in 2019. The Internal Revenue Service is reminding eligible employees that now is the time to begin planning to take full advantage of their employer’s health flexible spending arrangement (FSA) during 2019. FSAs allow employees to use tax-free dollars to pay medical expenses not covered by other health plans. ...read more
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    Monday, November 19, 2018
    VoiceofOC By Spencer CustodioAll 7 OC Congressional Seats Blue Republican candidate Young Kim conceded to Democrat Gil Cisneros in the 39th Congressional District race Saturday night and now all seven Orange County Congressional districts will be represented by Democrats. “This evening, I called Gil Cisneros to congratulate him and offer him my best wishes in Congress. Both sides worked hard ...read more
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    Monday, November 19, 2018
    Recent concessions by Young Kim and Mimi Walters assure a blue wave for Congressional seats in Orange County, but with 120,000 still to count in Orange County, several local races are still too close to call.  Among those are the race for Orange County Supervisor, 4th District, where Fullerton Mayor, Doug Chaffee, is leading the race against La Habra Mayor, Tim Shaw, by just 266 votes (update as ...read more
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    Monday, November 19, 2018
    California made good on its promise to establish a nation-leading market for carbon emissions when a bipartisan vote of the Legislature passed the cap-and-trade program in 2017. But rules proposed recently by the California Air Resources Board may undermine the will of the Legislature. Why should you care? The mandate of AB 398, which was supported by CalChamber and a broad-based coalition, was ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    Proposition TitleYes Votes%No Votes%Yes1Bonds to Fund Veteran & Affordable Housing.4,457,91354.7%3,693,09345.3%Yes2Amend Existing Housing Program for Mental Illness.5,061,72661.8%3,123,83038.2%No3Bond for Water and Environmental Projects.3,880,88748.0%4,202,75452.0%Yes4Bond for Children's Hospital Construction.4,995,58061.1%3,180,39138.9%No5Senior Property ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    Commentary:The top priorities for California’s next governor ought to reflect what is on the minds of Californians. With our diverse population, geography and business community, no single issue hits all our needs, unless the economy is bad. Then there is no other issue. It affects our quality of life and our spending habits. For government, it squeezes revenue needed to provide education, ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    State Controller Betty T. Yee today reported the state received $6.57 billion in revenue in October, falling short of assumptions in the 2018-19 fiscal year budget by 5.9 percent, or $412.2 million.   This month, sales tax was the only major revenue source to come in higher than projected in the enacted budget. Personal income tax (PIT) and corporation tax –– the two other revenue sources in the ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    Beginning 2019, the Form 300A summary data from the previous year will need to be submitted every March 2. The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved Cal/OSHA’s emergency regulations, which will require certain California employers to submit their injury and illness log (Form 300A) information to a federal OSHA database annually. This is in compliance with federal OSHA ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    This report for the second year of the 2017–2018 legislative session focuses on California legislators’ floor votes on California Chamber of Commerce priority bills. This is the 44th vote record the CalChamber has compiled in response to numerous requests by member firms and local chambers of commerce that would like a gauge by which to measure the performance of their legislators.   View ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    A week after the election, the ballot tally continues for several key races that will shape Congress.  With many ballots still to be counted, key Southern California races remain too close to call. Among them are those impacting Orange County including the face off in the 39th Congressional District between Young Kim and Gil Cisneros, and the race between incumbent Mimi Walters and Katie Porter ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    ICalChamber Update: In compliance with Federal OSHA requirements, some California employers will be required to annually submit their injury and illness log information to a federal OSHA database. The first compliance date is December 31, 2018 to submit data from 2017. Beginning in 2019, summary data will be due by March 2 of each calendar year, covering the prior year. In April 2018, federal ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    The Institute of Applied Research at California State University San Bernardino is partnering with the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) in an effort to map California’s Defense Supply Chain for the purpose of identifying the communities, businesses, and workers that may be affected by changes in defense spending. California-based employers that do ...read more
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    Friday, October 12, 2018
    Today, Brea City Manager Bill Gallardo and Fullerton City Manager Ken Domer announced the retirement of Brea/Fullerton Fire Chief Wolfgang Knabe effective December 29, 2018 and the appointment of Deputy Chief Adam Loeser as the new Fire Chief effective December 30, 2018. In a joint statement, the two City Managers praised Chief Knabe for his professionalism and dedication to the Brea and ...read more
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