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    Friday, February 15, 2019
    By  CalChamber  - February 15, 2019 “Hard decisions” are “coming due,” Governor Gavin Newsom said this week in his first State of the State Address. Water, energy, high-speed rail, housing, health care and the “affordability crisis” were just a few of the long-standing issues the Governor touched upon in his upbeat talk to both houses of the Legislature, statewide officials, Supreme Court ...read more
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    Friday, February 15, 2019
    U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today issued the following statement on the prospect of a national emergency declaration by the president:   "As long-time proponents of both immigration reform and greater border security, the Chamber shares in the frustration about the lack of legislative progress on both issues.   "Our nation’s founders created a system of lawmaking, of ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    By U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today was selected to serve on the administration’s American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. The Board will help guide the National Council for the American Worker, created in July 2018, as it develops and implements a workforce strategy to meet the needs of today’s economy.  “The U.S. Chamber has long been committed ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    By Adam Regele | CalChamber Advocacy The California Chamber of Commerce remains committed to the continued bipartisan efforts to improve California’s green chemistry program with all stakeholders, CalChamber Policy Advocate Adam Regele explained yesterday at a legislative informational hearing. The Senate Environmental Quality and Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials committees ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    By CALmatters | Feb. 12, 2019 | California News, Politics The following is Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2019 State of the State Address, annotated by CALmatters’ reporters. The prepared text has been updated, where possible, with Newsom’s live remarks.  Mr. Speaker, thank you for being a champion for all Californians – and for welcoming Jen and me into your house today. Madam Pro Tem – thank you for ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 12, 2019
     February 12, 2019 Susanne T. Stirling, for Cal Chamber   For the first time in more than a year, California’s merchandise export trade fell in November, according to Beacon Economics’ analysis of U.S. trade statistics recently released the U.S. Census Bureau following a lengthy delay caused by the federal government shutdown. Foreign shipments by California businesses totaled $15 billion for ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his first State of the State address before a joint session of the California Legislature today. The text as prepared for delivery is available here
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    Monday, February 11, 2019
    By  Sarah Boot  February 8, 2019 The state privacy law passed by the Legislature last year contains multiple flaws that undermine consumer privacy and employee protections, a coalition led by the California Chamber of Commerce explained this week. CalChamber Policy Advocate Sarah Boot spoke on behalf of the coalition at the February 5 workshop hosted by the state Attorney General’s Office in ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Business Training, Member News
    Friday, February 08, 2019
    By: Leah Silverthorn Last week, CalChamber’s tax and privacy guru Sarah Boot wrote about her surprise that a California legislator would introduce a “carbon tax” bill that proposes replacing the California sales and use tax with a tax on the sale of retail goods based on their respective “carbon intensity.” She’s right to be surprised. When most people talk about a carbon tax, they do so in the ...read more
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    By: Lauren E. Curtis As the 2019 legislative session gets underway, a California Chamber of Commerce-led coalition is continuing its efforts to develop a proposal supporting the ability of workers to work independently. The coalition explains through its website at imindependent.co why state lawmakers need to take action regarding the California Supreme Court ruling that created a ...read more
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    By: Mel Davis The recent requirement to submit Form 300A data electronically doesn’t relieve employers of the responsibility to post the hard copy Form 300A each year. Each establishment (place of business) must post the Form 300A from February 1 to April 30 in a conspicuous place or places where notices to employees normally are posted. This requirement, in addition to all others listed in ...read more
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    By: CalChamber The California Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Issues and Legislative Guide, that provides easy-to-reference publication presents ways to make progress on longstanding issues facing the state, is available now on the CalChamber website at www.calchamber.com/businessissues. Read More
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    Friday, February 08, 2019
    Orange County law enforcement and fire dispatch centers, including those in the City of La Palma, are now equipped with Text-to-911. The new program was jointly launched by all the Orange County public safety agency on February 6, after nearly one year of planning. The community is encouraged to “Call 911 if you can, but text if cannot.” The new system will greatly help the hearing impaired, ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Thursday, February 07, 2019
    Cal State Fullerton business students are offering free tax preparation and filing assistance for low-income individuals and families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Students participate on a volunteer basis and are trained and certified for tax preparation through the Internal Revenue Service. The program complements their coursework and provides hands-on experience ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 06, 2019
     February 6, 2019 CalChamber The EEO-1 submission deadline has been extended to May 31, 2019. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has delayed the “opening day” of the 2018 EEO-1 Survey to early March 2019 and moved the due date to May 31, 2019. The recent government shutdown caused this postponement. The EEO-1 is an annual survey that requires all private employers with ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 05, 2019
    February 4, 2019 Leah Silverthorn Climate Change, Taxation Last week, CalChamber’s tax and privacy guru Sarah Boot wrote about her surprise that a California legislator would introduce a “carbon tax” bill that proposes replacement of the California Sales and Use Tax with a tax on the sale of retail goods based on their respective “carbon intensity.” She’s right to be surprised. When most people ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 05, 2019
     Feb 4 2019 -  Discipline, Termination -  HRWatchdog We would like to terminate an employee who has a bad attitude that rubs off on other employees. However, we haven’t given him any warning. Is it safe to let him go? Although California is at “at-will” state, meaning employment may be terminated by either the employer or employee on notice to the other, that doesn’t make an employer bulletproof ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 30, 2019
    Jan Flory has been appointed on a 3-1 vote to fill the Fullerton City Council vacancy that resulted when at-large Councilmember Jesus Silva  won the District 3 Council seat in the November 2018 election.  Bruce Whitaker was the sole dissenting vote. She was sworn into office on January 29, 2019, and will begin serving immediately. Her term will continue through 2020. Flory, a long time Fullerton ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 30, 2019
     Jan 29 2019 -  Hiring, Reporting Requirements -  Jessica Mulholland Premium processing is only available for pending petitions because the USCIS has already received enough petitions to meet the FY 2019 cap. On January 28, 2019, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processingfor all Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap-subject H-1B visa petitions. The H-1B program ...read more
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    Friday, January 25, 2019
    La Habra City Councilman Tim Shaw was unanimously selected as the new chairman of the OCTA Board of Directors. Following his service last year as the OCTA board vice chairman, Shaw replaces outgoing Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, also the county’s Fifth District Supervisor, who remains on the board representing her south Orange County district. “This is an important time for Orange County ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    California Chamber of Commerce-EditorialJanuary 22, 2019 Laura Curtis General, Labor and EmploymentWhen is Enough Enough?? We often hear from our members that the California Legislature churns out too many new laws each year and the 2019 Legislative Session is likely to be more of the same. California businesses struggle annually to comply with an ever-changing landscape, both with new statutes ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    By Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine   Governor Gavin Newsom’s first Budget proposal has a good deal of hopeful news for higher education. Now, the devil will be in the details and in committing to ongoing funding, rather that the cyclical ups and downs that have undermined the University of California, California State University and our community colleges over the past several decades. It is ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    By Spencer Custodio | Voice of OC Fullerton residents may see the vacant City Council seat filled by an appointment rather than a special election after the Council voted to move forward with an appointment process. “It doesn’t mean we’re going to appoint someone, but it does mean we’re looking at candidates,” Mayor Jesus Silva said. “If, at the end of the day, we cannot agree on someone, then ...read more
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    Friday, January 18, 2019
    California Promise: Opportunity for All The California Chamber of Commerce is the voice of California businesses of all sizes, expert at promoting pro-job policies and advising employers on the practical impact of state laws and regulations in the workplace. We track more than 3,000 legislative proposals every year, speaking up when a bill will hurt employers and the economy, and working to win ...read more
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    Friday, January 18, 2019
    CalChamber Labor Law Corner  By  Barbara Wilber  - January 18, 2019 Our nonexempt employees answer texts and calls after-hours. Is this work time and how much time would we pay for a 5-minute call, for example? Yes, in most instances, answering short calls, texts, and emails would meet the definition of hours worked found in the Industrial Welfare Commission Orders, Section 2: “Hours ...read more
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    Friday, January 18, 2019
    Resiliency Plus One-Time Funds for Priority IssuesBy CalChamber, - January 18, 2019 We are in extraordinary times right now, but that is punctuated by a lot of uncertainty, California Finance Director Keely Martin Bosler commented this week to a luncheon audience of more than 100 business leaders at the California Chamber of Commerce. With an easy manner but commanding the details, Bosler ...read more
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    Thursday, January 17, 2019
     January 17, 2019 Loren Kaye In his recently released state budget proposal, Governor Gavin Newsom made two important and supportive statements on California’s business and economic climate. First, he reinforced the need for state fiscal stability. While enjoying the benefit of more than $20 billion in surplus revenues, he chose to direct most of the surplus either to bolstering the Rainy Day ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    Agency releases biennial report detailing extensive and on-going Voting Rights Act compliance programs The Orange County Registrar of Voters released their 2018-2019 biennial Voting Rights Act Compliance and Bilingual Outreach report today.  The report presents a thorough picture of the Registrar of Voters' Community Outreach Program, including their compliance with the federal Voting Rights ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    CalChamber - Capitol Insider: January 16, 2019 Leah Silverthorn Governor Newsom has appointed to his executive team a bevy of experts well versed in climate change and environmental policy from an educational, think tank, and government background. Under Article V, Section 6 of the California Constitution, the Governor has the authority to assign and organize executive agencies and employees ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 16, 2019
     January 16, 2019 Loren Kaye “The number one driver of cost of living is housing – housing is the issue. Unless we get serious about it, the state will continue to lose its middle class and the dream will be limited to fewer and fewer people.” – Governor Gavin Newsom During his campaign, candidate Newsom laid out ambitious goals for housing production – 3.5 million new housing units by 2025, ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    City of Norwalk swearing in the 32nd Senate District State: Senator Bobe Archuleta at Norwalk's City Hall Lawn, 12700 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 on Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.Contact Sandra Molina by Tuesday, January 22 to RSVP:Call (562) 860-3202 or email sandra.molina@sen.ca.gov
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