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    Friday, October 19, 2018
    This report for the second year of the 2017–2018 legislative session focuses on California legislators’ floor votes on California Chamber of Commerce priority bills. You can view these via links at www.calchambervotes.com. Most bills in this report cover major business issues that are of concern to both small and large companies. The CalChamber recognizes that there are many bills supported or ...read more
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    Friday, October 19, 2018
    Unlike Europe, with its recently implemented GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the United States does not have a comprehensive law to regulate the collection and use of data. Certainly, a federal law in this realm, which primarily regulates the internet, is preferable to a piecemeal, state-by-state approach. Yet, as is often the case in these situations, California passed a law to fill ...read more
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    Friday, October 19, 2018
    North Orange County Chamber (NOCC) joined local elected officials at Slidebar Rock n’ Roll Kitchen in downtown Fullerton as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced their support for Young Kim’s run for the 39th Congressional District. They join NOCC in supporting Kim in this competitive race.   "Young Kim has been a small-business owner and a public servant. She served with Congressman Ed Royce ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    It’s important for employers to keep in mind that California has its own set of rules when it comes to joint-employer liability. A recent top story discussed the proposed rule recently announced by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which would change the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). As a reminder, the NLRA covers all ...read more
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    Monday, October 15, 2018
    It is not too late to register to vote for the November 6 General Election before the October 22 deadline! Voter registration information is available at the website of the Secretary of State. Additional information is available online and at www.calchambervotes.com.  The last day to register to vote for the November 6 election is October 22. To register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, at ...read more
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    Friday, October 12, 2018
      The space industry has developed into a multi-billion dollar industry and has attracted considerable media attention in recent years, in part because of interest and investment from high profile billionaires like Paul Allen, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk, among others. These entrepreneurs have poured billions of dollars into their respective commercial space ventures and many other private ...read more
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    Friday, October 12, 2018
    The Internal Revenue Service is urging small business owners to learn about how the new tax law changes may affect them. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December 2017, made tax law changes that will affect virtually every business and individual in 2018 and the years ahead. Among other things, the new law may change their tax rates and have an impact on the quarterly estimated tax payments ...read more
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    Friday, October 12, 2018
    Today, Brea City Manager Bill Gallardo and Fullerton City Manager Ken Domer announced the retirement of Brea/Fullerton Fire Chief Wolfgang Knabe effective December 29, 2018 and the appointment of Deputy Chief Adam Loeser as the new Fire Chief effective December 30, 2018. In a joint statement, the two City Managers praised Chief Knabe for his professionalism and dedication to the Brea and ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 10, 2018
    A recent update on the California Labor Commissioner’s website signals a change in interpretation about how employees must be paid when they work a split shift. The updated information states that the split shift premium owed is one hour at the state minimum wage, or the local minimum wage if there is one, whichever is greater. Historically, the split shift premium has been based only on the ...read more
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    Monday, October 08, 2018
    An updated guidance on a tax credit for employers who provide paid family and medical leave to their employees has been issued by the IRS (Notice 2018-71). The tax credit applies regardless of whether an employer has fewer than 50 employees and therefore is not covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the California Family Rights Act. Employers should seek guidance from ...read more
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    Friday, October 05, 2018
    On his final day to act on legislation, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. vetoed the last surviving California Chamber of Commerce - opposed job killer bill.AB 3080 (Gonzalez Fletcher; D-San Diego) would have banned arbitration agreements beneficial to employees, employers and the courts. “We are grateful to the Governor for vetoing this bill and recognizing that, had it become law, AB 3080 would have ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 03, 2018
    Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has vetoed two California Chamber of Commerce-opposed health care bills that would have increased health care premiums if signed into law.Governor Brown recently vetoed:AB 2384 (Arambula; D-Kingsburg) which sought to mandate medication-assisted treatment for opioid abuse disorders and would have eliminated all quality control and cost containment mechanisms for the ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 02, 2018
    Late Sunday night, just before the midnight deadline, the U.S. and Canada came to an agreement on a new trade pact, rebranding it the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The joint statement touts the new agreement as creating “freer,” “fairer” and more “robust economic growth in our region.” The revised successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is once again ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 02, 2018
    Modernizing NAFTA into a 21st Century Trade Agreement The United States, Mexico, and Canada have reached an agreement to modernize the 24-year-old NAFTA into a 21st century, high-standard agreement. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will support mutually beneficial trade leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in North America. INTELLECTUAL ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 02, 2018
    NOC imPACt, the political action committee (PAC) formed by the North Orange County and Brea Chambers of Commerce, recently announced their endorsements for those running for office in North Orange County region.  PAC chairman, Alex Burrola, announced the organization’s positions. Among those endorsed is Tim Shaw, candidate for 4th District Orange County Supervisor. NOC imPACt joins other business ...read more
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    Monday, October 01, 2018
    The first modern streetcar in Orange County is expected to break ground by the end of the year, after county transit officials on Monday hired a construction firm to build it for $220.5 million. Orange County Transportation Authority board members voted to award a contract to Walsh Construction, whose bid was the lowest of two that agency officials said met the project requirements. OCTA ...read more
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    Monday, October 01, 2018
    Orange County supervisors on Tuesday authorized a new $400 million headquarters for the county government, including a public meeting room for the Board of Supervisors and new offices for the supervisors and their staff. The new offices relocate the county Hall of Administration, and involve demolishing three large buildings in the county Civic Center that house other county offices: those of the ...read more
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    Monday, October 01, 2018
    Roughly 2,700 hospitality workers at the Disneyland Resort will get a $15 minimum wage, after members of UNITE HERE Local 11 ratified a new contract over the weekend. The new minimum wage will take effect in January 2019, although hotel housekeepers will immediately see their wages rise to $15.80 an hour, according to a Disney press release. In addition to the wage increase, as a result of the ...read more
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    Monday, October 01, 2018
    AB 3080 Would Have Banned Arbitration Agreements Beneficial to Employees, Employers, Courts The last CalChamber identified Job Killer bill of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, AB 3080 (Gonzalez Fletcher), has been vetoed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. “We are grateful to the Governor for vetoing this bill and recognizing that, had it become law, AB 3080 would have been preempted by federal ...read more
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    Friday, September 28, 2018
    Two California Chamber of Commerce-supported bills that will help expedite home building, one dealing with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform and another with land-use improvements, have been signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. AB 1804: Promotes Housing DevelopmentAB 1804 (Berman; D-Palo Alto) expedites infill development of affordable housing by expanding the existing ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    On Monday, September 24 at the UN General Assembly in New York, President Trump signed the revised KORUS deal with South Korean President Moon Jae-in calling it a “brand new agreement”. The revised deal includes an extension to the phase-out period for the 25% U.S. tariff on trucks. The tariffs had been scheduled to phase out by 2021, but the amendment will lengthen the phase-out period to 30 ...read more
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    Monday, September 24, 2018
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has made good on its promise to revisit the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) through the rulemaking process. Because joint-employer status can have significant implications for an employer, the newly proposed rule, which clarifies and narrows the standard for who is considered a “joint employer,” ...read more
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    Monday, September 24, 2018
    Following are brief summaries of the measures that will appear on the November 6 General Election ballot. When the California Chamber of Commerce has taken a position, the reasons for that position are summarized. The CalChamber encourages employers to share this information with their employees. Businesses are within their rights to do so—just remember: NO PAYCHECK STUFFERS, no coercion, no ...read more
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    Monday, September 24, 2018
    Nicolas Junior High School and Fullerton School District, along with industry partners Advanced Technologies Consultants, Inc., and Festo Didactic, global employers and partners in technical and industrial education and training, are proud to announce the opening of a new high-tech STEM lab at Nicolas Junior High School. To mark the occasion, NJHS, FSD, ATC and Festo hosted a ribbon cutting ...read more
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    Friday, September 21, 2018
    A California Chamber of Commerce-supported bill related to food and consumer product packaging was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. CalChamber supports AB 2632 (Santiago; D-Los Angeles) because it protects consumer product and food manufacturers from lawsuits by clarifying package labeling requirements regarding the amount of product and packaging. Specifically, AB 2632 would ensure that ...read more
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    Thursday, September 20, 2018
    The California Chamber of Commerce is leading a coalition seeking technical changes to state regulations proposed to implement two laws that went into effect on January 1— the New Parent Leave Act (NPLA) and the statewide ban-the-box law. Both laws amend the state Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Regulating Criminal History Checks California’s new ban-the-box law prohibits employers with ...read more
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    Thursday, September 20, 2018
    Gov. Jerry Brown today signed the nation’s first state law barring dine-in restaurants from giving customers plastic straws unless they are requested, part of an international campaign by environmentalists to reduce plastic pollution in oceans, rivers and drinking water.The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, exempts fast-food restaurants.Read the latest
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