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    Friday, November 15, 2019
    Senate Bill 552 (Household Hazardous Waste Sunset) will delete the January 1, 2020 sunset date established by Senate Bill 456 (Huff) and encourage the use of door-to-door household hazardous waste (HHW) collection.  By removing the sunset from the statue, this bill will allow the program to continue indefinitely into the future. Residents will be able to safely, easily, and responsibly dispose of ...read more
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    Friday, November 15, 2019
    By Adam Beam for Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians who lost their home insurance because of the threat of wildfires will be able to buy comprehensive policies next year through a state-mandated plan under an order issued Thursday by the state insurance commissioner. Devastating wildfires have plagued the state in recent years, destroying thousands of homes. Those claims ...read more
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    Friday, November 15, 2019
    CARB has provided limited education and engagement to the business community on the reporting regulation. In fact, CARB only released the reporting requirements less than two months ago, and a large portion of the more than 10,000 businesses impacted are unaware of the proposed regulation.   CalChamber (along with other leading business groups) is urging CARB to: Bifurcate the large entity ...read more
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    Friday, November 15, 2019
    Maureen Grimaldo, for The Hornet The North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees voted 4-3 in approval of the Sherbeck Field improvement project. The approval will allow the installation of permanent bleachers, lighting and a sound system. There were a number of speakers ranging from former to current athletes, residents of the surrounding area and also a letter from ...read more
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    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    The City of Fullerton is accepting applications from citizens interested in filling vacancies on the City of Fullerton Community Development Citizens’ Committee and Library Board of Trustees. The Community Development Citizens’ Committee has an unscheduled vacancy for a term expiring December 31, 2020.  The Library Board of Trustees has vacancies for two upcoming terms expiring December 31, ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 13, 2019
     Nov 12 2019 -  Local Ordinances -  Bianca Saad More California cities continue to adopt local minimum wage ordinances (MWO). Three new cities have local minimum wage ordinances beginning January 1, 2020 — Menlo Park, Novato and South San Francisco. Don’t forget, earlier this year, both Sonoma and Petaluma established local minimum wages, which are higher than what is required under California ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 13, 2019
     November 13, 2019 CalChamber Last week, the CalChamber’s employment law experts joined The Workplace podcast to share the most common questions they are asked concerning medical leaves of absence. Today, the experts are back to discuss other frequently asked questions. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, and CalChamber ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    by Matthew J. Roberts An issue that’s been plaguing employers, their human resources professionals and their employment law counsel for some time now is how to properly calculate premium pay for a nonexempt employee who doesn’t get a compliant rest or meal break. On October 9, 2019, however, the California Court of Appeal issued a long-awaited clarification of California’s meal and rest break ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    College Promise programs provide support for students to attend, persevere in, and complete college based on where they live or where they attend school. 1 It has grown from its first program 15 years ago to more than 320 programs in 47 states. 2 College Promise is not just one specific program — it serves as an umbrella that covers a wide range of programs led by colleges, universities, ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Governor Gavin Newson finished signing/vetoing all bills on October 13. The California Chamber of Commerce was tracking 62 bills on his desk, 32 supported and 30 opposed. So how did we do? Out of the 30 opposed bills, the Governor vetoed 11, including job killer SB 1 (Atkins; D-San Diego) that could have impacted voluntary water agreements, existing water projects, and water flows for ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    This report is from the CalChamber Vote Record: Major Bills 2019, which focuses on California legislators' floor votes on bills of priority to the California Chamber of Commerce.Click here to view the 2019 Legislation Voting Record for Orange County.
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    Friday, November 08, 2019
    Paid Family Leave Law (PFL) benefits is a crucial employment law to watch in 2020.  Beginning July 1, 2020, the maximum duration of PFL benefits an individual can receive from California State Disability Insurance (SDI) program will be increased from six to eight weeks.  Read more. 
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    Friday, November 08, 2019
    Wednesday, November 6, 2019 OCTA approved an agreement with the Riverside County Transportation Commission, Transportation Corridor Agencies and Caltrans that lays the groundwork for the construction of a tolled connector between the 241 Toll Road and the 91 Express Lanes. The agreement is a result of several months of discussions and sets the stage for traffic relief, while ensuring the ...read more
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    Friday, November 08, 2019
    The employment law experts at the California Chamber of Commerce field more than 1,600 calls on workplaces issues a month. And that’s on top of the inquiries sent their way at human resources seminars and other events. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, and CalChamber employment law experts Bianca Saad and Matthew ...read more
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    Friday, November 08, 2019
    By  CalChamber  - November 1, 2019 This report for the first year of the 2019–2020 legislative session focuses on California legislators’ floor votes on California Chamber of Commerce priority bills. This is the 45th 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 ...read more
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    Friday, November 08, 2019
    The U.S. Small Business Administration declared the primary county of Riverside and the contiguous counties of Imperial, Orange, San Bernardino, and San Diego a disaster area. This declaration is a result of damages caused by the Sandalwood Fire that occurred 10/10/2019 to 10/14/2019.   The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OS) is providing the enclosed information ...read more
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    Thursday, November 07, 2019
    The North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) Board of Trustees is expected to vote in November on the proposed stadium at Fullerton College. If they approve the project, construction could start as early as January. NOCCCD representatives presented the latest stadium plans at a Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday October 22. There was a formal presentation of the Final ...read more
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    Thursday, November 07, 2019
    By Jesse La Tour of Fullerton Observer Fullerton City Council voted 4-1 (Whitaker “no”) to enter into a cooperative funding agreement with local non-profit the Illumination Foundation to provide $500,000 of City funds for the development of a proposed recuperative care/navigation center in Fullerton for individuals experiencing homelessness, at their November 5 meeting. The proposed site of the ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 06, 2019
    By THERESA WALKER | thwalker@scng.com | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: November 5, 2019 at 7:31 pm | UPDATED: November 5, 2019 at 7:32 pm   A first-of-its-kind legislative hearing in Buena Park Tuesday covered a wide range of issues related to homelessness in Orange County, from the cost of operating emergency shelters to support for medical-based treatment for jailed addicts to the dynamics ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 06, 2019
    By ALICIA ROBINSON | arobinson@scng.com | The Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: November 5, 2019 at 5:14 pm | UPDATED: November 5, 2019 at 10:58 pm Traditional elections – having a single day to cast a ballot in a local church hall, fire station or neighbor’s garage – are so 2019. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, voters in three cities (San Clemente, Santa Ana and Stanton) chose school board and council ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 06, 2019
    California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced rate changes for the computer software employee exemption and the licensed physician and surgeon exemption. The new rates take effect January 1, 2020. For the computer software employees’ exemption:The minimum hourly rate of pay exemption increased to $46.55 from its previous rate of $45.41;The minimum monthly salary increased to ...read more
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    Monday, November 04, 2019
    Supervisor Doug Chaffee in partnership with the Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAP OC) is hosting a Turkey Dinner Food Drive in the 4th district. CAP OC hosts the annual Turkey Drive as a part of the Hope for the Holidays campaign. Join them to make a difference for struggling families and help them celebrate by donating $20. Every $20 will go towards providing a special turkey ...read more
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    Monday, November 04, 2019
    November 4, 2019 Jennifer Barrera General Last week, a much-anticipated initiative was filed regarding independent contractor status for transportation network drivers and delivery network drivers/couriers in the gig economy.  The initiative is titled the “Protect App-Based Drivers and Services Act” and would allow individuals who are drivers or couriers to continue working as independent ...read more
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    Friday, November 01, 2019
    By Carolyn Said Uber, Lyft and DoorDash on Tuesday introduced a ballot measure asking California voters to exempt them from AB5, the state’s historic gig work law that could turn their drivers and couriers from independent contractors to employees. The proposed measure, which needs about 630,000 signatures to qualify for the November 2020 ballot, would leave app-based drivers and couriers as ...read more
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    Friday, November 01, 2019
    By CalChamber Accommodating an employee’s medical needs can be complicated—especially when support animals are involved. News outlets throughout the world have covered the array of accommodation requests made in the workplace, including emotional support dogs, peacocks and even pigs. But what does the law require? Would an emotional support clown qualify as an accommodation? In this episode of ...read more
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    Friday, November 01, 2019
    By Robert Moutrie Governor Gavin Newsom signed a California Chamber of Commerce-supported job creator bill earlier this month that will help California businesses rebuild after disasters. SB 601 (Morrell; R-Rancho Cucamonga) permits state agencies to establish a procedure to reduce licensing fees for individuals or businesses in California that have been affected by a federal or state-declared ...read more
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    Friday, November 01, 2019
    By Brandon Carter The House of Representatives voted Thursday 232-196 to pass a resolution formalizing its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Just two Democrats voted no — Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey. Amid the debate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called it a "sad day." "It's a sad day because nobody comes to Congress to impeach a president ...read more
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    Friday, November 01, 2019
    By James W. Ward Right now, firefighters across California are battling multiple wildfires, which are destroying property and prompting the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people. Wildfires are not the only threat to people as smoke exposure is also hazardous, especially for people working outdoors. The California Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) adopted an emergency ...read more
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    Friday, November 01, 2019
    By John Fensterwald With marching orders from the Legislature to create a parent-friendly document, the California Department of Education is in the final throes of designing another version — its fourth in 6 years — of the form that districts must use to explain how they’ll use funding from the Local Control Funding Formula. The formula covers about 80 percent of money they get from the ...read more
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    Friday, November 01, 2019
    By Loren Kaye Reports of steady growth and low unemployment cheer political leaders, but voters are disturbed by decaying public order and an unaffordable cost of living, according to a recently released California Chamber of Commerce poll, The People’s Voice, 2019. Top of mind for voters is the erosion of public order.Read more.
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    Thursday, October 31, 2019
    By Bridget Bowman Democratic Rep. Katie Hill’s decision to resign amid allegations of an improper relationship with her staffer has upended the battle to control a competitive district in Southern California. Republicans believe they can win the 25th District back, now that they don’t have to face Hill. But Democrats contend that the district will stay in their hands, citing partisan dynamics ...read more
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    Thursday, October 31, 2019
    By Tom Krisher and Ellen Knickmeyer General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and 10 smaller automakers are siding with the Trump administration in a lawsuit over whether California has the right to set its own greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards. The companies said Monday they will intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Environmental Defense Fund against the administration, which is ...read more
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    Thursday, October 31, 2019
    On October 29, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a new state website with tools and resources for Californians who have been impacted by wildfires and utility-directed power shutoffs. The website combines emergency response, recovery and resilience information into a single place for easy access by users. It is a one-stop portal that includes local and state resources, health services, ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    By Natalie Leighton Impact California, the new California Chamber of Commerce grassroots program, is set to launch on January 6, 2020. The new program helps Californians engage in the legislative process. In only a few minutes, Impact California users will be able express their views to legislators and help make a lasting impact on statewide legislation.Read more.
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    Friday, October 25, 2019
    By Katie Culliton The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that the Social Security taxable wage base for 2020 will increase to $137,700 from $132,900. This is the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax for 2020. The Social Security withholding rate is unchanged for 2020 and remains at 6.2 percent, up to the maximum taxable amount. The Federal Insurance ...read more
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    Friday, October 25, 2019
    By Loren Kaye Voters are anxious about the cost of living in California. One of the not-so-surprising consequences of this anxiety: they are reluctant to embrace new taxes to pay for even popular ideas, according to a recently released CalChamber poll, The People’s Voice, 2019. Nine of 10 voters agree that “earning enough to enjoy a middle class lifestyle is becoming almost impossible in my part ...read more
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    Friday, October 25, 2019
    By Thomas J. Donohue In the next few weeks, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, legislation that some claim would rein in the cost of prescription drugs by allowing the government to set prices. In reality, however, this legislation would endanger the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Americans and cut off medical research dollars that are ...read more
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    Friday, October 25, 2019
    Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement in regards to House passage of the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act): "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce commends House passage of the bipartisan Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act) to streamline the process for small ...read more
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    Friday, October 25, 2019
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on October 18 launched the U.S.-Kuwait Business Council, with the goal of fostering stronger commercial ties between the two countries. The new Council will work with both private sectors and governments to set priorities and share best practices to advance both countries’ economic competitiveness in a growing global marketplace. “The U.S. and Kuwait have maintained ...read more
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    Friday, October 25, 2019
    By Kelly Rosenblatt During the recent two-week October work period, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was out in full force across the country pushing for #USMCAnow. Across 13 states, the U.S. Chamber, alongside local businesses and chambers of commerce, held nearly 60 USMCA events.Read more.
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    Thursday, October 24, 2019
    By: CalChamber One of the most onerous labor laws employers in California contend with is the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The law, which some have nicknamed “the sue your boss law,” allows employees to file lawsuits to recover civil penalties on behalf of themselves, other employees, and the State of California for labor code violations. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, ...read more
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    Thursday, October 24, 2019
    By Katie Culliton California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced that the minimum and maximum temporary total disability (TTD) rates will increase on January 1, 2020:The minimum TTD rate will increase to $194.91 (from $187.71); andThe maximum TTD rate will increase to $1,251.38 per week (from $1,299.43 per week). An employee whose workers’ compensation claim has been accepted ...read more
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    Thursday, October 24, 2019
    The lack of housing affordability has reached crisis levels. For the first time in the 20-year history of the Public Policy Institute of California poll, homelessness was named by the most Californians as the state’s top issue. State Controller Betty T. Yee is calling for the creation of one unified state housing agency under the governor that would oversee the administration of state-controlled ...read more
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    Thursday, October 24, 2019
    The California State Lands Commission, on which Controller Betty T. Yee serves, is leading an effort to prepare the state’s ports, harbors, and other valuable coastal areas for the effects of sea-level rise. This summer, the Commission collected sea-level rise vulnerability and adaptation planning assessments from agencies that are local trustees of legislatively granted public trust lands. Next ...read more
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    Thursday, October 24, 2019
    by James W. Ward, J.D.; Employment Law Subject Matter Expert/Legal Writer and Editor, CalChamber Of the 2,625 bills introduced in the Legislature this year, 1,042 bills reached Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk. He signed 870 and vetoed 172 — and many of those signed will affect California employers. Some bills made significant changes to California employment law, such as the much-publicized ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    The City of La Palma has been working on a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is a strategic document to identify and reduce threats natural and human-caused disasters. The plan involved public safety officials, City staff, stakeholders, agencies, and technical consultants. Feedback and comments from other La Palma community members have helped ensure the plan reflects the opinions of residents ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 22, 2019
     2020 Census Jobs These positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn some extra income while helping your community. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine each state’s representation in Congress, as well as how certain funds are spent for schools, hospitals, roads, and more. This is your chance to play a part in history and help ensure that everyone in your community is ...read more
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    Monday, October 21, 2019
    By Ronald Bird Analysis of new government data for August 2019 again shows barely one available worker for every job opening in America. The August data was little changed from July and June. This is continuing evidence of historically tight labor market conditions over the past year and a significant “people gap” challenge with regard to the American workforce. The Worker Availability Ratio — ...read more
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    Monday, October 21, 2019
    October 21, 2019 Adam Regele Environmental Regulation One of the world’s safest and most widely used drugs may soon come with California’s cancer warning. Tylenol, Benadryl, Dayquil, Midol and Excedrin, just to name a few commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) medicines containing acetaminophen, may soon be required to come with a cancer warning label. That’s of course only if the California ...read more
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    Friday, October 18, 2019
    By The Editorial Board of the OCR The California Chamber of Commerce has filed a federal lawsuit to challenge California’s Proposition 65 requirement for warnings that food containing the chemical acrylamide may cause cancer. Proposition 65, an initiative passed in 1986, requires businesses to provide warnings to the public about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth ...read more
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    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Legal weed shops could come to Fullerton after the City Council took its first steps to study the issue and hire a consultant, despite council member disagreements about community safety and a split public.  “I want to make sure that we have sound policies that protect the quality of the product. Because what we have right now is marijuana is being sold in our city, whether you like it or not,” ...read more
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    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    By James Ward Sunday, October 13, 2019, was the last day for Governor Gavin Newsom to either sign or veto legislation that the California Legislature passed in 2019. Employers need to be aware of a few significant new 2020 employment laws that may affect their daily business operations, policies and employees. Some new laws make significant changes while others make smaller changes to existing ...read more
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    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    By Matthew J. Roberts, Esq. On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, the California Court of Appeal issued a long-awaited clarification of California’s meal and rest break penalty provision (Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC). The court was asked to interpret whether the phrase “regular rate of compensation” meant the same as the “regular rate of pay,” which is used to calculate overtime premiums, or ...read more
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