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    Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    Orange County bosses added 17,300 workers in the 12 months ended in May as unemployment remained at 2.6 percent. Here are eight trends to know about the Orange County job market in May from the state Employment Development Department’s monthly jobs report: Last month’s data compared with a year ago and the average of the previous five years … 1. Unemployment rate: 2.6 percent, flat compared to ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    California lawmakers approved and sent Gov. Jerry Brown a $200 billion state budget on Thursday, using revenue from a rosy economy to build $16 billion in reserves and steer hundreds of millions of dollars in new funding to universities and programs for the homeless. The budget agreement passed both houses easily despite some Republican opposition. Democratic majorities highlighted a projected ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    Trial Attorneys Benefit from Agreement Ban The California Chamber of Commerce and a large coalition of employer groups and local chambers of commerce are opposing a job killer bill that bans settlement and arbitration agreements. Today the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider AB 3080 (Gonzalez Fletcher; D-San Diego), which significantly expands employment litigation and increases costs for ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    The key to California’s long-term economic growth can be found in the classroom. Job growth in California has been robust since the last recession. But recently that growth has slowed because of the lack of employable workers. The projected shortage of skilled workers in the state through 2030 is more than a million graduates with bachelor’s degrees as well as hundreds of thousands of workers ...read more
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    Friday, June 08, 2018
    A coalition led by the California Chamber of Commerce has stopped legislation that would have created an extraordinary new scheme of product liability resulting in thousands of new lawsuits holding entities retroactively liable for alleged harms those entities did not cause. Rejected in an Assembly vote last week was AB 2995 (Carrillo; D-Los Angeles), which sought to significantly expand tort ...read more
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    Friday, June 08, 2018
    Voters Tuesday removed Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman from his north OC-based seat and replaced him with a Republican, eliminating the Democrats’ supermajority control of the state Senate. As of the latest results at 5 p.m. Wednesday, 59.5 percent of voters supported removing Newman from his 29th District seat, and 40.5 percent opposed the recall. About one-third of ballots countywide ...read more
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    Friday, June 08, 2018
    Two teetering Orange County primary election races, one for Congress and one for county supervisor, remained too close to call Thursday evening, two days after the primary election, even as thousands of additional ballots were counted. In the fight between two Democrats for second place in the coastal 48th Congressional District, stem-cell biologist Hans Keirstead slightly widened his lead to ...read more
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    Friday, June 08, 2018
    Both houses of the Legislature last week approved California Chamber of Commerce-supported bills that will help ease the state’s housing crisis. Moving from the Assembly to the Senate on May 31 was a bill to spur housing development, AB 3194 (Daly; D-Anaheim). The bill encourages much-needed residential housing construction in California by closing two loopholes often used by local governments ...read more
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    Friday, June 08, 2018
    California voters agreed with California Chamber of Commerce positions this week, passing CalChamber-supported Propositions 68, 69, 71 and 72. CalChamber-supported Proposition 70 was behind in the vote count as Alert went to print. More than 19 million Californians were registered to vote in advance of the Primary Election, according to the final Secretary of State report before June 5. ...read more
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    Friday, June 08, 2018
    A wage statement penalty bill opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce as a job killer was stopped in the Assembly last week. June 1 was the deadline for bills to pass the house in which they were introduced. Only five job killer bills subject to the first house deadline have passed to the second house. Not brought up for a vote was AB 2613 (Reyes; D-Grand Terrace), which would have ...read more
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    Friday, June 08, 2018
    California elections officials have another 2.6 million votes to count from the June primary – and that number could grow by the end of the week. Secretary of State Alex Padilla's office on Thursday released its first report of the estimated number of unprocessed ballots across the state, including more than 2.1 million vote-by-mail ballots and nearly 380,000 provisional ballots. The total ...read more
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    Friday, June 08, 2018
    Election officials haven't even finished counting the votes from Tuesday's primary, but the campaign has already begun for the November general election. Here are some key races to keep an eye on over the next five months, and why they could have a huge impact on California politics. Gas tax repeal You will probably have an opportunity this November to vote on proposals to make it harder ...read more
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    Thursday, June 07, 2018
    The California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted to oppose the Three States Initiative and the repeal for the legislatively approved increases in gas and car tax ballot measure. The measures are expected to appear on the November general election ballot.Three New States: Oppose The CalChamber Board of Directors voted to oppose the Three New States Within the Current Boundaries of ...read more
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    Monday, June 04, 2018
    Strong opposition from the California Chamber of Commerce helped stop three more job killer bills from continuing past the Assembly Appropriations Committee last week. Held in the committee on May 25 were proposals that would have interfered with an employer’s ability to provide a drug-free workplace, interfered with personal service contracts, and led to increased health care costs. • AB 1902 ...read more
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    Monday, June 04, 2018
    Friday, June 1, was the deadline for bills to pass the house in which they were introduced. Only five job killer bills subject to the first house deadline have passed to the second house. A bill dealing with wage statement penalties was stopped on the Assembly Floor. Job Killers in Second House Moving on to the second house are the following CalChamber-opposed job killer bills:AB 2384 (Arambula; ...read more
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    Monday, June 04, 2018
    National origin protection changes amended into California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) were approved recently by the Office of Administrative Law and will take effect on July 1, 2018. Although California already has strict rules that prohibit harassment and discrimination based on protected classes, including national origin, the new regulations expand those rules. The regulations ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 29, 2018
    Strong opposition from the California Chamber of Commerce helped to stop three job killer bills from continuing past the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Friday to reach the Assembly floor. CalChamber continues to call attention to the negative impacts the remaining job killer bills would have on California's job climate and economic recovery should they become law. Following are job killer ...read more
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    Monday, May 28, 2018
    The Internal Revenue Service provided information to taxpayers and employers about changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that affect: Move related vehicle expensesUn-reimbursed employee expensesVehicle expensingChanges to the deduction for move-related vehicle expenses The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act suspends the deduction for moving expenses for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017, and goes ...read more
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    Monday, May 28, 2018
    Members of the North Orange County Chamber (NOCC) traveled to Sacramento to participate in CalChamber's annual summit for business and local chamber leaders from throughout the state, which took place May 23-24. Among those traveling with the delegation were Chair, Marty Burbank (OC Elder Law), Vice Chair, Michael Williams (Williams Insurance); Christine Mishreki  (Rowntree Gardens), Juan Garcia ...read more
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    Friday, May 25, 2018
    Business, civic and legislative leaders gathered in Sacramento this morning for the 93rd annual Sacramento Host Breakfastfeaturing remarks from CalChamber Board Chair Terry MacRae and Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. The annual breakfast was attended by more than 1,400 guests from throughout California including representatives of the North Orange County Chamber. The Sacramento Host Breakfast ...read more
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