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    Wednesday, June 26, 2019
    In this episode of The Workplace, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, and CalChamber Executive Vice President Jennifer Barrera discuss the status of several employment law proposals being considered by California lawmakers. While some of the bills that would have impacted employers — including expansion of sick leave — have been stopped for the time being, others ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 26, 2019
    This year, U.S. Chamber of Commerce has already launched over a dozen new initiatives and programs of work. Check out some of the latest initiatives below, and click here to download the full infographic.  1. Health Policy Advisory Board A new advisory board formed to help the Chamber develop a comprehensive legislative and regulatory agenda to drive greater value in health care.   2. ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 26, 2019
    The California Public Utilities Commission approved the start of the next construction phase for four new dairy biomethane projects, approving contracts signed between SoCalGas and four biogas project developers to build the infrastructure connecting each biomethane facility to the SoCalGas pipeline system. When complete the projects will have the ability to produce enough renewable natural gas ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 25, 2019
    No Public Hearing Set as Proposed Rule Now Encompasses Small Businesses Small businesses, including many without in-house air specialists, may soon be required to report air emissions, according to a draft regulation that is advancing without a public hearing. The California Chamber of Commerce raised concerns this month about the latest draft regulation the California Air Resources Board ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Tuesday, June 25, 2019
    The California Legislature voted Monday to tax people who refuse to buy health insurance, bringing back a key part of former President Barack Obama’s health care law in the country’s most populous state after it was eliminated by Republicans in Congress. The tax now heads to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who proposed a similar plan in January — an indication he will likely approve it. The ...read more
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    Monday, June 24, 2019
    Four out of every 10 companies in Los Angeles will consider leaving California if voters approve the split-roll property tax initiative that has qualified for the November 2020 ballot, according to a Los Angeles County Business Federation poll.   The split-roll initiative, which proponents call the Schools and Communities First Initiative, would require reassessment of business and industrial ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, June 24, 2019
    Share:     Inside the Capitol features hot legislative issues for the week along with CalChamber call to action requests on business legislation.HOT ISSUES for the Week of June 24, 2019Tuesday, June 25Environmental Regulation OPPOSE AB 161 (Ting; D-San Francisco): Paper Receipt Ban — Would mandate most businesses in California to offer customers electronic or paper receipts, or an option to ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, June 21, 2019
    By  Erika Pickles -June 21, 2019  A local minimum wage applies to our nonexempt employees. When the minimum wage increases on July 1, does that mean the salary test for our exempt employees also increases? There are 11 cities and one county that have minimum wages which increase on July 1. These increases to the minimum wage rates apply only to an employer’s nonexempt employees. The increases ...read more
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    Friday, June 21, 2019
    By  Jennifer Barrera   -  June 21, 2019   An anti-arbitration bill identified by the California Chamber of Commerce as a job killer passed through the first Senate committee to consider it this week. The Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee approved AB 51 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego), which prohibits arbitration of labor and employment claims as a condition of employment. AB ...read more
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    Friday, June 21, 2019
    In 2016, the California Legislature passed a bill that laid the foundation for a state-run retirement plan, and in 2018, the final governing regulations were adopted. Eligible employers can begin to register for the CalSaversRetirement Savings Program (CalSavers) on July 1. CalSavers is a retirement savings program for private sector workers whose employers don’t offer a retirement program. ...read more
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    Thursday, June 20, 2019
    Before and after photos of railroad property in Placentia, cleared in April 2019! Across its network, BNSF is grappling with an overwhelming increase in homeless encampments along the tracks and on railroad property. In fact, California accounts for 20% of the nation’s homeless population. BNSF is very concerned about the safety risks of these encampments. In response, BNSF created a community ...read more
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    Thursday, June 20, 2019
    This past weekend, Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) attended the dedication of the Fairmont Booster Pump Station in Yorba Linda and toured PepsiCo’s bottling facility in Buena Park. On Monday he toured the district St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. “As we strive for sustainable investments in our local businesses and infrastructure, facilities like the new Fairmont Booster Pump ...read more
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    Thursday, June 20, 2019
    New regulations for safety in the workplace are in motion as Cal/OSHA looks to protect employees from detrimental effects of working near or around California wildfires. In this episode of The Workplace, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and CalChamber Policy Advocate Robert Moutrie discuss proposed regulations that will require employers to provide respirators to ...read more
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    Friday, June 14, 2019
     June 14, 2019 CalChamber California Chamber of Commerce President Allan Zaremberg today issued the following statement on passage of the California State Budget: “The $213 billion state budget approved by the Legislature today is brought to you by the wealth created from California’s private sector economy. “California’s robust economic growth has created low unemployment and increased ...read more
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    Thursday, June 13, 2019
    OC Public Works will remove and replace the guardrails at two bridge locations on Brea Boulevard in unincorporated Orange County, near the City of Brea from June 24, 2019 - August 19, 2019. In an effort to reduce the impact on area motorists, all work activity will be performed at night (between 7:30 pm – 5 am) outside of typical peak hours. Motorists traveling through the project area will ...read more
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    Thursday, June 13, 2019
    The County of Orange is transitioning from a polling place model to a Vote Center model for the March 2020 primary. The California Voter's Choice Act authorizes specified counties, including Orange County, to conduct "Vote Center" elections. The voting experience at a Vote Center is somewhat similar to voting at a polling place. However, in this model, vote-by-mail ballots are sent to all ...read more
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    Thursday, June 13, 2019
    Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement after the California State Legislature approved the 2019-20 State Budget:   "It's ridiculous that Sacramento politicians want to add $2 billion in new taxes when the state has a budget surplus of $22 billion.  While the final budget includes a few worthwhile projects, the budget's negatives outweigh the positives.    "From ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Although California’s meal and rest break rules are intended to give hourly employees time to take breaks during their shifts, problems can arise if employees skip their breaks or if employers don’t offer them. In this episode of The Workplace, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank discusses meals and breaks at the office with attorney Michael Nader, shareholder with ...read more
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    Monday, June 10, 2019
    International network developer, SiFi Networks, which will soon outfit the city of Fullerton with gigabit-speed fiber optic connectivity, invites the public to an event on Saturday, June 15th from 9 a.m. until noon, in the Community Room at the Fullerton Library. SiFi Networks is privately funding, building and operating one of the world’s fastest, most reliable fiber optic networks in ...read more
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    Monday, June 10, 2019
    Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) honored Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) as the 2019 Nonprofit of the Year for California's 29th Senate District. This recognition is part of a larger celebration at the Fourth Annual California Nonprofits Day. "I'm proud to recognize Special Olympics Southern California for their invaluable contributions to our community," said Senator Chang. ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, June 10, 2019
    Every ten years, after the federal census, California must re-establish the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts to reflect new population data and shifting populations. The Voters FIRST Act gave this power to California citizens ensuring that new and fair political boundaries are drawn without special interests, politics and ...read more
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    Monday, June 10, 2019
    A new HR tip posted online this week as part of the CalChamber #RespectWorks campaign underscores the importance of preventing harassment in the workplace. The monthly HR tips and related resources at respectworks.calchamber.com aim to help employers determine what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace and to maintain an anti-harassment environment.Not All Harassment Is Sexual The ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, June 10, 2019
    Legislation that makes a start toward restoring flexibility for numerous individuals working as independent contractors has moved from the Assembly to the Senate. The California Chamber of Commerce and a broad-based coalition are continuing to seek amendments to AB 5 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego). The bill exempts certain industries/professions from the application of an April 2018 California Supreme ...read more
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    Friday, June 07, 2019
    Five bills the California Chamber of Commerce has identified as job creators have passed the legislative house in which they were introduced. The proposals await action in the second house. • AB 23 (Burke; D-Inglewood) Workforce Coordination.Establishes the Deputy of Business and Workforce Coordination, which will help provide California with a workforce that is employment-ready and trained in ...read more
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    Friday, June 07, 2019
    By  CalChamber - June 7, 2019 Two job killer bills that would have led to significant expansions of leaves of absence in California failed to move out of the legislative house in which the bills were introduced. Both bills were strongly opposed by a California Chamber of Commerce-led coalition of employer groups and local chambers of commerce. • Failing to clear the Assembly was AB 628 ...read more
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    Friday, June 07, 2019
    Starting with the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election, every registered voter in Orange County will receive a vote-by-mail ballot and will have the option to vote in person at any Vote Center in the County. In addition to informing the public about these important voting changes, the Orange County Registrar of Voters will be seeking community input on possible locations for the placement ...read more
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    Thursday, June 06, 2019
    June 20 is National Dump the Pump Day, an opportunity to avoid gassing up the car and trying public transportation instead. Benefits include saving money on fuel, reducing vehicle wear and tear, minimizing road congestion, and providing more “me” time on your commute. Here in Orange County, OCTA is providing extra encouragement by offering free rides on OC Bus using the mobile app. With 63 fixed ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 05, 2019
    By ALICIA ROBINSON | arobinson@scng.com | The Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 4, 2019 at 11:06 pm | UPDATED: June 5, 2019 at 8:29 am   Placentia will do something no other Orange County city has done: leave the Orange County Fire Authority and build its own system for fire and emergency medical services. The decision came after a packed, hours-long City Council meeting that lasted into ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 05, 2019
    There are so many different types of workers: hourly employees, managers, supervisors, exempt employees, and independent contractors. But how do you classify each one under California labor laws? In this episode of The Workplace, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank discusses exempt employee misclassification with employment law expert Jennifer Shaw. In the podcast, ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 05, 2019
    The Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) has appointed Robert R. McVicker, a semi-retired civil engineer with a long history in the water industry, as Director of Division 3. Director McVicker will fill the seat formerly held by Wayne S. Osborne, who retired in April 2019. Director McVicker will represent the areas of Cypress, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Stanton, Westminster, the ...read more
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    Monday, June 03, 2019
    Washington, D.C. -- Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement today following the Administration's announcement to impose tariffs on Mexico in response to the influx of migrants at the southern border. "Imposing tariffs on goods from Mexico is exactly the wrong move. These tariffs will be paid by American families ...read more
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    Monday, June 03, 2019
    California’s water management always has been challenging and complicated. Like much of the state’s infrastructure, above-ground storage is aging, groundwater basins are becoming depleted, wells are going dry, and lands are sinking. Climate change is further stressing the state’s water supply system by warming temperatures, shrinking snowpack, and creating shorter and more intense storm systems ...read more
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    Monday, June 03, 2019
    A new state workplace retirement savings program, CalSavers, will open to an estimated 250,00 to 300,000 employers on July 1 — offering an automatic IRA payroll deduction for the 7.5 million California workers with no retirement plan on the job. The massive program, expected to handle billions in savings, is voluntary for employees. If they don’t opt out in 30 days, they are automatically ...read more
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    Friday, May 31, 2019
    By CalChamber - May 31, 2019 Opposition from the California Chamber of Commerce and allied groups has stopped a number of job killer bills in recent weeks while amendments have removed the most onerous aspects of other job killer bills. In addition, as Alert went to print, the fate of several job killer bills depended on action by the Senate or Assembly. May 31 is the deadline for bills to pass ...read more
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    Thursday, May 30, 2019
    Voice of OCBy Brandon Pho The nonprofit Mercy House will operate Buena Park’s new $2.6 million regional homeless shelter, though there’s scrutiny over an apparent lack of public input when a select committee of public officials and homelessness experts recommended their preferred contractor to the City Council. City staff indicated for months they were looking at modeling the year-round, ...read more
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    Thursday, May 30, 2019
     May 30, 2019 CalChamber The Assembly on Wednesday passed “gig work” legislation that could send seismic changes across California’s employment landscape if passed by the Senate and signed by the governor…California Chamber of Commerce and the I’m Independent Coalition of businesses seek a lengthy list of further exemptions, including ones for short-term projects, business-to-business contracts, ...read more
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    Thursday, May 30, 2019
    Currently, a patchwork of state laws is emerging that attempts to regulate data privacy. Unfortunately, such a scenario leaves some consumers out in the cold without statutory privacy rights while others are protected. At the same time, all of us are left in a state of confusion as to who regulates and what are the rules of the road with regard to data privacy. Not only is confusion bad for ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 29, 2019
    RICH MCARDLEPresident, UPS Freight   Of all the policy issues in the news these days, infrastructure investment is unique: Everyone agrees that it’s necessary. Leading officials have even agreed on a $2 trillion infrastructure package for roads, bridges, highways, water, the power grid and broadband internet expansion – but the details stop there. Debate remains swirling around where that ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with MetLife for the Dream Big Awards to recognize the very best in American small businesses. Every year at the Small Business Summit, the Dream Big Awards program honors the achievements of small businesses and highlights their contributions to America’s economic growth. Plus, the Small Business of the Year award winner will take home a $25,000 ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    American businesses need banks of all shapes and sizes, including foreign banks, to meet their financing needs. In fact, foreign banks (also known as international banks or FBOs) provide healthy competition that contributes to efficient and vibrant capital markets and serve millions of American customers through commercial and retail lending. These banks are also able to leverage their strengths ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    E-commerce has become so ubiquitous that few consider the complex series of events that take place between the click of a mouse and the ring of a doorbell. But that series of events – and the vast network of global supply chains that make them possible – are what keep the modern economy moving. That’s why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is shining a light on global supply chains and steps ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    Almost one year ago, Domino’s Pizza had enough of bad roads messing up their pizzas and began helping communities fix them.  Its “Paving for Pizza” program sends grants to communities to help fill potholes. The effort struck a nerve and garnered so much attention that last year, it launched a second phase of the campaign. Recently grants went to Carson City, NV, Fayetteville, AR, Mobile, AL, ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    Opinions wanted! OCTA and Caltrans are working together to transform Beach Boulevard from Huntington Beach to La Habra. You are invited to learn about the Beach Boulevard Corridor Study's plan to identify solutions ranging from enhanced pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities to improve signal synchronization.  Help shape the corridor’s transportation future by providing your feedback on ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    The City of Fullerton is conducting a Downtown Nighttime Paid Parking Pilot Program for 180 days. This will occur in nine public parking lots and two structures between Wilshire Avenue (north), the railroad tracks (south), Malden Avenue (west), and Pomona Avenue (east). A flat fee of $5 per vehicle will be enforced in these marked areas on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights between 9:00 p.m. and ...read more
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    Monday, May 20, 2019
    The West Orange County Community Emergency Response Team or CERT Program is comprised of those who live and/or work in Buena Park, Cypress, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, Westminster and their attached communities. The West County CERT Program’s primary purpose is to educate people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact them at home, at work, or at play. The ...read more
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