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    Monday, September 16, 2019
     September 16, 2019,  CalChamber Only two of the 31 job killer bills identified this year by the California Chamber of Commerce have passed out of the Legislature and been sent to Governor Gavin Newsom. One of the bills, SB 1  (Atkins; D-San Diego), which the Governor has indicated he will veto, threatened to create adverse consequences by impairing the state’s ability to adaptively manage its ...read more
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    Thursday, September 12, 2019
    By Spencer Custodio, Voice of OC   Gov. Gavin Newsom Wednesday signed a bill to build a veterans cemetery on one of two sites in Irvine, according to Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), who authored the bill.  The site could ultimately be determined by Irvine voters after former Mayor Larry Agran filed paperwork for a ballot initiative Aug 12. The bill allows for the state-run ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 11, 2019
    Pay is Up. Poverty is Down. How Women are Making Strides.Jessica Semega, September 10, 2019 Women are making significant gains in median earnings and their poverty rates are decreasing. Yet, the wage gap between men and women remains unchanged from the previous year, as women earned 82 cents for every dollar earned by men among full-time, year-round workers. Poverty rates for women continue to ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 11, 2019
    A study to “Transform Beach” into a cohesive modern transportation facility is being conducted by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the State of California Department of Transportation District 12 (Caltrans). The Beach Boulevard Corridor Study of the 21-mile-long stretch of State Route 39 (Beach Boulevard) is assessing existing conditions, forecasting projections of future ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 11, 2019
    By Cal Chamber Advocacy. An order to garnish an employee’s wages is not a piece of mail employers should ignore. In this episode of The Workplace, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank is joined by employment law expert Jennifer Shaw to discuss what responsibilities employers have when served with a wage garnishment order for an employee.Read more.Click here for ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    By Ellen Savage, J.D. My employee asked for a few days off for a vacation with her family but wants to take it unpaid rather than using the vacation time she has accrued. Can I require her to use her paid vacation time before taking unpaid time, or does she have the right to save her vacation time to use in the future? An employer may require an employee who is taking a vacation to use accrued ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy
    Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    By Adam Regele Although amendments removed job killer provisions, twin recycling bills are still opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of industry groups because the legislation falls short of addressing fundamental, overarching concerns. Even as amended, AB 1080 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego) and SB 54 (Allen; D-Santa Monica) set impractical recycling rates and deadlines, ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    September 9, 2019 | By: Susanne T. Stirling Leveraging existing programs is central to the administration’s strategy for improving California’s global trade competitiveness, according to the recently named senior international adviser at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). Bud Colligan, named GO-Biz senior adviser for international affairs and trade in March, ...read more
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    Monday, September 09, 2019
     September 9, 2019 Susanne T. Stirling The California Chamber of Commerce is urging members to ask California’s Congressional Delegation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. As Congress returns to Washington, DC after their August recess, the Ex-Im Bank charter is set to expire on September 30. In May 2019, a quorum was finally restored to the Ex-Im Bank after operating at limited capacity ...read more
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    Monday, September 09, 2019
    September 9, 2019 | By: Karen Sarkissian There is a misconception about ACA 14…that it’s just a restriction on contracting out for the UC system. It’s not. It’s much worse. ACA 14 is a complete prohibition on contracting out for support services with the University of California. If this measure is passed by the Legislature this week and later approved by California voters, all UC support service ...read more
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    Monday, September 09, 2019
    By Karen Sarkissian There is a misconception about ACA 14…that it’s just a restriction on contracting out for the UC system. It’s not. It’s much worse.  ACA 14 is a complete prohibition on contracting out for support services with the University of California. If this measure is passed by the Legislature this week and later approved by California voters, all UC support service contracts would be ...read more
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    Friday, September 06, 2019
    By  CalChamber  - September 6, 2019 With just one week left before legislators leave Sacramento for the year, major bills having a significant impact on business remain to be voted on by the Senate or Assembly. Amid the ongoing discussions on many of the bills listed below, it is vital that job creators let their legislators know about the impact of pending proposals. As California Chamber of ...read more
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    Friday, September 06, 2019
    Following strong bipartisan support, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 245, authored by Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar), which calls on animal shelters throughout the state to waive pet adoption fees for military veterans. California is home to two million military veterans, including many who struggle to cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a companion animal could be ...read more
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    Thursday, September 05, 2019
    Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva’s (D – Orange County) authored bills passed the Senate Appropriations Committee, the last step before floor votes. The key fiscal committee reviewed and voted on hundreds of bills, including those authored by Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva. “Our Legislation focuses on the needs of the district,” said Quirk-Silva. “Addressing issues such as homelessness, affordable housing, ...read more
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    Thursday, September 05, 2019
     September 5, 2019 Bianca Saad   Some California employers now have until January 1, 2021 to train employees on sexual harassment prevention—a one-year extension of the original January 1, 2020 deadline. The deadline was not extended for employers of seasonal and temporary employees, who are hired to work for less than six months. Starting January 1, 2020, these employees must be trained ...read more
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    Thursday, September 05, 2019
    By BLOOMBERG, SEP. 4, 2019, 7:48 PM China announced that its trade negotiators will travel to Washington early next month for talks with U.S. counterparts, boosting the chances for a resolution to the tariff war after weeks of uncertainty and escalation. Vice Premier Liu He agreed to the visit in a phone call on Thursday morning Beijing time with Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and U.S. ...read more
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    Thursday, September 05, 2019
    San Francisco Chrolicle: Carolyn Said Sep. 5, 2019 Updated: Sep. 5, 2019 9:33 a.m.   As California moves forward with legislation that could turn many independent contractors into employees, some industries are vociferously protesting that the changes could hurt their workers and raise costs for consumers. Assembly Bill 5, sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, saw its ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 04, 2019
    Last week California Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) continued with its forward momentum, advancing from the California Assembly Appropriations Committee by a vote of 13 to five.  The legislation that some environmental groups are referring to as ‘Trump insurance’ is now headed to the California Assembly floor.  The California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019 known as SB 1 ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 04, 2019
    ​By Louis Sahagun, Phil Willon, Sep. 4, 2019, for Los Angeles Times  SACRAMENTO —  California has enacted a new ban on fur trapping for animal pelts, making it the first state to outlaw a centuries-old livelihood that was intertwined with the rise of the Western frontier. The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019, signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday, prohibits commercial or ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 03, 2019
    An anti-arbitration bill identified by the California Chamber of Commerce as a job killer will burden the overworked court system if adopted. AB 51 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego) prohibits arbitration of labor and employment claims as a condition of employment. The CalChamber has tagged AB 51 as a job killer due to the significant increased costs employers will face as a result of more litigation and ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 03, 2019
    Doug Chaffee, 4th District Supervisor, announced that his office is accepting nominations for the Orange County Fourth District Kindness Awards. The Fourth District Kindness Awards will honor individuals who have displayed exceptional kindness or community service in the Fourth Supervisorial District Cities. Those who work, live, serve, and/or volunteer in the cities of Brea, Fullerton, La Habra, ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 03, 2019
    September 3, 2019 - CalChamber Assembly and Senate fiscal committees sent California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bills, including five job killers, along for further consideration by the entire membership of both houses on Friday. Some bills were amended, while others were held in the fiscal committee and are likely dead for the rest of the year. Read more.
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    Tuesday, September 03, 2019
    Reuters - Lucia Mutikani U.S. manufacturing activity contracted for the first time in three years in August, with new orders and hiring declining sharply as trade tensions weighed on business confidence, raising financial market fears of a recession. Concerns about the economy, which is in its longest expansion ever, were also exacerbated by other data on Tuesday showing construction spending ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 03, 2019
    AP News - By: Christopher Rugaber The United States and China on Sunday put in place their latest tariff increases on each other’s goods, potentially raising prices Americans pay for some clothes, shoes, sporting goods and other consumer items before the holiday shopping season. President Donald Trump said U.S.-China trade talks were still on for September. “We’ll see what happens,” he told ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 03, 2019
    AP News - By Kathleen Ronayne California Gov. Gavin Newsom reached a deal with apartment owners and developers Friday on legislation that would cap how rapidly rents can rise as the state grapples with a housing crisis. The deal would cap annual rent increases at 5% plus inflation, with a 10% maximum increase. That’s lower than the 7% threshold lawmakers had previously negotiated amid strong ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 03, 2019
    The California Department of Education recently released the College-Going Report, which features data showing college enrollment at the state, county, district and school levels. The statewide average high school graduates enrolling in college was 66 percent, while 76 percent of high school graduates in Orange County went on to college in 2018.  All fifteen Orange County districts that operate ...read more
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    Thursday, August 29, 2019
    Action Alert: Hundreds of local special districts could gain the ability to increase property taxes with just a 55% majority vote if a proposed constitutional amendment becomes law. The proposal, ACA 1 (Aguiar-Curry; D-Winters), is opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce and fell short of passing the Assembly last week. The author requested that the bill be reconsidered. If ACA 1 is ...read more
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    Thursday, August 29, 2019
    Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) recognized Homeless Intervention Shelter and House (HIS House), a transitional living center, as the 29th Senate District's Nonprofit of the Month. "Homelessness and affordability are two of the biggest struggles impacting residents throughout the Golden State, including California's 29th Senate District. It is truly a privilege to recognize HIS House as ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 27, 2019
    CalChamber - August 27, 2019 - Jennifer Barrera At this time, AB 5 is the only legislative vehicle still in play regarding Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County, which set forth a new test for determining independent contractor status, and in my opinion, is nowhere close to being in final form.  As previously discussed, AB 5 codifies the ABC test for Wage ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 27, 2019
    ABC 10 - By: Josh Lyle Free tuition for two years at California community colleges, sounds too good to be true.  Well, it’s true that California Governor Gavin Newsom recently expanded a tuition waiver program, the number of students who will benefit depends on who qualifies.  Here's a look at the program. California College Promise Grant vs California College Promise Program It can be ...read more
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    Friday, August 23, 2019
    A momentous Supreme Court decision. A presidential candidate weighing in. A noisy late-August demonstration outside the Capitol. Not Washington, but Sacramento. Not abortion or guns — Dynamex. The April 2018 Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County set stricter rules for how companies use contractors. Since then, many businesses have waited to ...read more
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    Friday, August 23, 2019
    Fifty-seven California Chamber of Commerce member companies were rated high enough by their employees to earn a spot on the 2019 Forbes list of best California employers. The rankings were compiled by Statista, a market research company, and is divided by state, with 194 businesses listed as the best employers in California. Forbes’ list of  “America’s Best Employers By State” features ...read more
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