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    Friday, January 17, 2020
    State Finance Director Keely Martin Bosler discussed California's economic outlook at a California Chamber of Commerce luncheon this week. The Department of Finance (DOF) expects the state's economy to keep growing, though at a slower pace than seen before. The state saw an overall $5.6 billion surplus this year, and though the figure is lower than previous years, Bosler cited improvements in the ...read more
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    Friday, January 17, 2020
    Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), together with Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1930, to protect students if any admission requirement policy changes are sought by California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC).   AB 1930 comes on the heels of a proposed decision by the California State University to add to the already long ...read more
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    Friday, January 17, 2020
    The California Chamber of Commerce reminded legislators this week that pending job killer legislation will significantly increase workers’ compensation costs for public and private hospitals. Senate Bill 567 (Caballero; D-Salinas) presumes certain diseases and injuries are caused by the workplace, including blood-borne infectious diseases, tuberculosis, meningitis, Methicillin-resistant ...read more
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    Thursday, January 16, 2020
    The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO), the California Legislative's non-partisan fiscal and policy advisor, released its annual report on California's climate policies, recommending that "[i]n the future, the Legislature might want to rely more heavily on the most cost-effective programs, such as cap-and-trade. Read More.
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    Thursday, January 16, 2020
    The Governor’s 2020-21 Budget Proposal increases funding for the three public higher education segments—the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges—with the goal of improving degree completion rates and closing opportunity gaps, therefore improving students’ upward economic mobility.  This budget proposal addresses two of California ...read more
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    Thursday, January 16, 2020
    Jovita Carranza now serves the 26th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Administrator Carranza will lead the only federal agency exclusively dedicated to assisting small business owners and entrepreneurs in starting, growing, and expanding their businesses. Read More. 
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    Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law experts Matthew Roberts and Biana Saad discuss new lactation accommodation requirements, highlighting location specifications, a new policy requirement, reset and meal break premium pay penalties, private right of action, expectations, and the undue hardship exemption in this episode of The Workplace podcast. To ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    California is now into the 11th year of the U.S. economic recovery and all of the state's economic vitals continue to be strong, state Finance Director Kelly Martin Bosler told business leaders at a California Chamber of Commerce luncheon yesterday. Read More. 
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    Monday, January 13, 2020
    SANTA ANA – The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the selection of Godfrey Hinds as Lead Economic Development Specialist for SBA’s Orange County / Inland Empire District Office (OCIE). Hinds will lead a team of professionals responsible for developing initiatives and opportunities that maximize the delivery of SBA programs and services to approximately 7 million people throughout ...read more
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    Monday, January 13, 2020
    Connect SoCal - Upcoming Plan Engagement Opportunities As the January 24 public comment deadline for Connect SoCal approaches, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is announcing their final plan engagement opportunities, including two virtual opportunities, a Webinar and Tele-Town Hall. They will offer these virtual forums as a convenience for the communities they serve and allow ...read more
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    Thursday, January 09, 2020
    Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 10:00am 2020 State of American Business Address: A Year of Meaningful Action Today, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue gave the annual State of American Business address, where he outlined top priorities for the business community in the coming year. During the event, the Chamber highlighted several business leaders who are finding solutions in the face of ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 08, 2020
    On Friday, U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller is expected to hear arguments on whether to permanently stop a new California law banning arbitration agreements made as a condition of employment from taking effect. Mueller issued a temporary restraining order on the arbitration law, AB 51, on December 30, 2019, thus preventing it from taking effect on January 1. In October 2019, the ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 08, 2020
    During Governor Newsom’s successful gubernatorial election run, he lauded the single-payer health care model.  While the concept has garnered red-hot attention amongst Democratic Presidential candidates, the issue has gone stone cold in California.  That is, until the Governor announced he had created a single-payer commission to explore the health care financing concept. On December 17, the ...read more
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    Monday, January 06, 2020
    The state’s Employment Development Department (EDD) will be hosting a series of seminars discussing Assembly Bill 5 throughout the year. During the seminar, they will go over the ABC Test, how to go about determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor as well as provide resources to aid in classifying workers. Here are the first few months of seminars, if you do not see ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    No Party Preference Voters that want to vote for U.S. President must request a primary election ballot with presidential candidates.SANTA ANA, CA – If you are a No Party Preference voter and want to vote for a presidential candidate, the Registrar of Voters needs to hear which ballot you would like by January 2nd for March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election. No Party Preference voters that do ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    CalChamber Advocacy | By: Denise Davis United States District Judge Kimberly J. Muller today issued a temporary restraining order enjoining enforcement of AB 51 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego), pending the court’s resolution of CalChamber’s motion for preliminary injunction.   The judge set a hearing on the motion for preliminary injunction for January 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.   AB 51, which was set to ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    OC Register | By Brooke Staggs Fields are less crowded than two years ago, but still competitive.  Ballots are set for the March 3 primary in Orange County, with tough partisan and in-party battles expected in a number of races. The Secretary of State on Thursday, Dec. 26, released the list of certified federal and state candidates who qualified for the 2020 primary election. And the Orange ...read more
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    Thursday, December 26, 2019
    By Jeong Park | jeongpark@scng.com | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: December 23, 2019 at 11:42 am | UPDATED: December 23, 2019 at 11:42 am   The city is using $18 million in government and private grants to make sure no homes are built east of Gilbert Street in Fullerton’s West Coyote Hills. City Council members unanimously agreed last week to spend the money to buy 24 acres from ...read more
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    Monday, December 23, 2019
    The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) closely monitor financial markets and public equity volatility. Over the last few years, the pension funds have adopted asset allocation strategies to reduce the risk of another large downturn and avoid a repeat of double-digit negative returns. Both funds have invested half of ...read more
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    Monday, December 23, 2019
    On June 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled a state can require businesses without a physical presence in that state to collect and remit sales taxes on in-state transactions if the business has a substantial nexus. In its 5-4 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair (Wayfair), the Supreme Court ruled a nexus may be based on both economic and virtual contacts, and the amount of in-state ...read more
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    Monday, December 23, 2019
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on a bipartisan basis: “Today’s vote brings the U.S. one step closer to realizing the substantive benefits of USMCA. While no deal is perfect, USMCA’s updated rules on digital trade, non-tariff barriers, and services promise real ...read more
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    Friday, December 20, 2019
    By  CalChamber  - December 20, 2019 Some of the bills signed into law this year made significant changes to California employment law, while others made small, but important changes of which employers must be aware. New laws were passed in the areas of recruiting and hiring; discrimination, harassment and retaliation protections; leaves of absence and benefits; workplace safety; arbitration; ...read more
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