By Jennifer Barrera - July 7, 2020 A job killer bill that will overwhelmingly impact small employers and will impose higher costs and additional administrative burdens passed a key legislative hurdle last week and has progressed to the Assembly. SB 1383 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) significantly burdens small employers by requiring employers with only five employees to provide eligible employees with 12 weeks of mandatory family leave, which can be taken in increments of one to two hours, and
Cal State Fullerton reported receiving more than $6.5 million in awards, grants and contracts in June 2020 for assisting local small businesses struggling amid the pandemic, and for research on topics ranging from earthquakes to the relationship between attitudes on casual sex and rape myth acceptance. One notable award is the $3,673,073 in funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration to Michael Daniel, regional director of the campus' Small Business Development Center, for the Orange
Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to provide relief to independent, local restaurants. H.R. 7197, The Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act of 2020, calls for a $120 billion restaurant stabilization grant program designed to help independent restaurants deal with the long-term structural challenges facing the industry due to COVID-19 and ensure they can reemploy 11 million
The District 2 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program will support businesses impacted by COVID-19 in Orange County Supervisorial District 2. Grants up to $20,000 will be available to eligible businesses in Buena Park within Orange County District 2. Businesses with 10 or less employees qualify for $10,000, and businesses with 11-100 employees qualify for $20,000 (2 part-time employees equal 1 full-time employee).Click Here For More Information.
LA PALMA, Calif. – The City of La Palma has partnered with the Orange County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to implement a Small Business Grant Program that provides vital economic support to small businesses suffering from the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. The City received a $368,000 allocation of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding from Second District Supervisor Michelle Steel to assist small businesses. Mayor Peter Kim said, “We are
Buena Park, Calif. - Partner organizations and members of the community were invited Monday, June 29 to celebrate the grand opening of the Buena Park Navigation Center at 6494 Caballero Blvd. The 149-bed facility, set to help transition homeless neighbors off the street and into temporary housing, will begin accepting residents this week. Residents will arrive through referrals from non-profit partners and north Orange County Police Department homeless liaison officers. Construction on the Buena Park
With ongoing grant fund capacity, the District 4 Small Business Grant Relief Program application deadline has been extended to Sunday, July 5, 2020. This extension will provide additional time for small businesses and non-profits to apply for grants up to $10,000. Small businesses and non-profits who applied during the original application window of June 22nd – June 28th at 5:00 p.m., which is now referred to as ‘Round 1’, are now in the screening/ approval process with funding to be distributed starting
OC Register | By Theresa Walker If all goes as planned, two year-round homeless shelters will open in the next couple of weeks in north Orange County – one in Buena Park, set to begin operating next week, and the other in Fullerton by mid-July. Between them, the shelters could provide about 300 beds for individuals and couples, along with an array of services to help end homelessness. Everything from assistance with physical and mental health care and addressing substance abuse disorders, to connections
Long-awaited recognition of the impact of technology on trade in North America will come into force on July 1 when the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) takes effect. The California Chamber of Commerce supported the agreement based on an assessment that it will serve the employment, trading and environmental interests of California, the United States, Mexico and Canada, and is beneficial to the business community and society as a whole. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced
BREA – American First Credit Union (AFCU) donated over $2,700 to Relay for Life of Northwest Orange County this year and participated in their event to raise awareness and funds against cancer. While the event is usually in-person, this year’s Relay for Life was virtual due to COVID-19 safety concerns. The online event encouraged community fun through online games, photo contests, and raffles for prizes. Participants also had the option to create unique digital “Luminaria” bags in memory of loved
GigabitNow, a division of IsoFusion, a leading provider of Internet access and IT services on the west coast of the United States, announced today it has activated connectivity and began delivery of Gigabit Internet services to the residents and businesses of the city of Fullerton, California. GigabitNow is now providing Gigabit Internet services to the city of Fullerton through the FiberCityTM fiber network project. The GigabitNow fiber-optic network will provide incredibly fast, consistent Internet
In Episode 75 of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank is joined by employment law experts Bianca Saad and Matthew Roberts to discuss what employers should consider when drafting return to work guidelines. Watch video here A free CalChamber checklist designed to help employers develop a COVID-19 return-to-work plan is available at hrcalifornia.calchamber.com/forms-tools/forms/return-to-work-checklist.Reliable Sources Crafting a return to work
By Jennifer Barrera - June 26, 2020 As businesses throughout the state start to reopen, there is a looming question as to whether it is safe. Consumers want to resume a back-to-normal lifestyle by visiting their favorite restaurants and stores, but also want to limit their risk of contracting COVID-19. Businesses, eager to bounce back from this economic crisis, also want to welcome consumers into a safe environment, yet are hesitant about the liability that looms ahead if a consumer or contractor claims
By Matthew Roberts - June 26, 2020 A consequence of the prolonged shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders issued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically reduced travel. As a result, during this time many employees are not taking earned vacation time and may not do so for months resulting in the following question from employers: Can we change our vacation policies as a result of the employees not using their time? This is a tricky question. Generally, however, employers do have
After careful consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election to the Fullerton City Council this coming November. Eight years ago, I ran for this office with a firm belief that I could help restore divisions within our city so that we could focus together on important issues impacting our collective future. I am immensely proud of my service and grateful for the opportunity to work alongside my colleagues, our City staff, and most important, to have worked so closely with so many of YOU in our
A bill requiring that all employers provide 12 weeks of protected family leave and includes a private right of action has been labeled a job killer by the California Chamber of Commerce. The bill, SB 1383 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) significantly expands the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), which currently only applies to larger employers, to any employer with only one employee and requires these small employers to provide each eligible employee with 12 weeks of protected leave from work.Read More.
The City of Fullerton's Annual 4th of July Fireworks Festival event is cancelled for 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of California has public health directives in place that prohibit community mass gatherings. Further, the recent trend of persons testing positive in Orange County is being attributed to increased gatherings and loosening of restrictions. It is in the best interest of the community's health to not hold the event this year in order to prevent further spread of the disease. The
The City Council approved an Emergency Rental Assistance Program using CDBG funds from the CARES Act, which will provide a one-time emergency rental assistance to Fullerton residents facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households will receive rental assistance up to $1,000. Online pre-application is available now on the City website: https://www.cityoffullerton.com/RentalAssistance.
So Cal Edison is conducting drone inspections of its facilities and residents will see such activity around transmission lines on June 29th and 30th. For more information please see: www.SCE.com
Fullerton, CA 23rd June 2020- SiFi Networks has successfully lit the first area of the Fullerton FiberCity™ network with fiber. Customers can subscribe to service from either Internet Service Provider, Ting or GigabitNow. This major milestone marks a real change in the broadband industry in the USA. SiFi Networks is privately financing, constructing, and independently operating an Open Access network in Fullerton, providing every resident and business with access to gigabit fiber Internet. “I am
Orange County Fourth District will designate $15 million in federal funds to local small businesses and organizations as part of an emergency grant relief program ORANGE COUNTY Calif., June 22, 2020 — The Orange County Fourth District Small Business Grant Relief Program was announced today to help its small businesses and non-profits experiencing financial losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 depending on need based on the new program. “I am excited to
Demonstration shows new electrochemical technology is commercially competitive with other methods of converting the unwanted carbon dioxide in biogas into pipeline-quality renewable natural gas Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), and Opus 12 today announced they have demonstrated further advancement of a new electrochemical technology that converts the carbon dioxide content in raw biogas to pipeline-quality renewable natural gas, a critical improvement in the
The City of Fullerton has created the Small Business Emergency Grant Assistance Program which will provide grant funding to small businesses in need of financial assistance to overcome temporary losses of revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program is based on the availability of funds, program guidelines and submission of all required information and supportive documentation. Small businesses located in commercial or industrial spaces within the City of Fullerton employing
As businesses throughout the state start to re-open, there is a looming question as to whether it is safe. Consumers want to resume a back to normal lifestyle by visiting their favorite restaurants and stores, but also want to limit their risk of contracting COVID-19. Businesses, eager to bounce back from this economic crisis, also want to welcome consumers into a safe environment, but yet are hesitant about the liability that looms ahead if a consumer or contractor claims he or she contracted the virus
Celebrating its 125th anniversary, North Orange County Chamber (NOCC) installed its 2020-2021 Board of Directors at a virtual Installation and Annual Membership Meeting on June 11. Jennifer Fitzgerald, Mayor, City of Fullerton, introduced the executive committee and board of directors and officiated the ceremony. The event featured keynote speaker Garry O. Ridge, Chairman and CEO of WD-40 and co-author of Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy Called “Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A.” His
Small Business Majority guide to avoiding predatory lending during COVID-19 is now available in Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Burmese, Khmer, Hmong, Bangladeshi, Nepali, Bhutanese, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Thai, Lao, Tagalog, Samoan, Tongan and Marshallese in partnership with the National Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans Community Development with a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.Click here for more information.
City of Fullerton hosted a Small Business Emergency Assistance Program Webinar. Click here to view the recording and slides.
In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss the use of COVID-19 symptom monitoring apps, and whether they are effective tools for maintaining a healthy workplace.Click Here To Read More.
Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:Are self-employed and have no employees; ORDid not
Despite the disruption to much of California, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly known as Cal/OSHA, is still doing their best to keep working and that means the business community needs to stay informed! The new Outdoor Agricultural Operations During Hours of Darkness standard (Sections 3441 and 3449, or “Outdoor Ag Lighting Reg”) will be going into effect soon and, if last year’s regulations have completely slipped your mind in this present storm — following is a
In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss the obligations employers have if they decide to monitor off-duty employees as a means of reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The question of whether employers should monitor the activities of their workers when they are off the clock is a very popular question at the CalChamber Labor Law Helpline at the moment, Frank tells listeners.
Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by civil unrest that began May 26, 2020, announced Administrator Jovita Carranza of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on June 16, 2020. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available
The Coronavirus pandemic has posed some unprecedented challenges for residents. To provide some assistance, the City of Buena Park will soon be accepting applications for its COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program will provide emergency rental assistance to Buena Park residents facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households will receive emergency rental assistance up to $1,000 per month through December 31, 2020. Online
CalChamber | Matthew J. Roberts, Esq. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling on whether a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s sex discrimination protections. The Supreme Court ruled that any employment decision based, at least in part, on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity constitutes unlawful discrimination under Title VII. Title VII prohibits discrimination in employment decisions based upon an individual’s
WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than 400 state and local chambers of commerce and associations, including North Orange County Chamber, have stepped up to formally join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in its Equality of Opportunity Initiative, powering a nationwide effort to advance economic inclusion across our society through business leadership. The U.S. Chamber announced the national initiative to address inequality of opportunity last week, building on the organization’s work and expertise with a focus on reform
WASHINGTON – To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today. “The SBA is strongly committed to working around the clock, providing dedicated emergency assistance to the small businesses and non-profits that are facing economic disruption due to the COVID-19 impact. With the reopening of
When the California governor closed down all schools due to coronavirus, Arborland Montessori Children’s Academy embarked on a remote learning journey. Teachers were re-trained, parents were asked for support, new methodologies were created, and different technology was put in place. But one question remained: How could Arborland offer all their students, regardless of age, the same caliber of daily learning experiences miles away from their beloved teachers? Though the elementary students thoroughly
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, issued new and revised guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This guidance implements the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA), signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020, and expands eligibility for businesses with owners who have past felony convictions. To implement the PPPFA, SBA revised its first PPP interim final rule, which was posted on April 2, 2020. As
The restaurant industry is one of the industries where the employee turnover ratio is massive. Business can’t force people to work, yet managers have to handle the shifts and satisfy the customer need. BreadWinner has identified this problem and is committed to solving this issue. BreadWinner finds and qualifies bar tenders, dishwashers, cleaners and food runners. It takes 20 seconds or less on the BreadWinner platform to search your needs. BreadWinner is an app where you can find prescreened workers
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released new guidance for the reopening of additional sectors of economies in jurisdictions like Orange County that have already submitted an attestation and received approval to move deeper into the State’s Resilience Roadmap. These newly issued guidance provides corresponding sectors with information on public health modifications they should implement prior to opening, and state that they may only reopen upon approval by the County Health Officer. Upon
City Hall, Police Department, and Community Center lobbies and counters have reopened to the public as of Monday, June 8 for regular business hours (Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).Click here to view this message on the City of La Palma website.
ORANGE – American First Credit Union (AFCU) donated various supplies to Mary’s Kitchen to aid the homeless population in Orange County. COVID-19 has changed how so many businesses operate, including non-profits like Mary’s Kitchen who have been serving meals to Orange County’s homeless population singe 1984 and are 100% funded through private donations. When AFCU heard they were in need of basic supplies like one-time use trays and silverware, its Caring First team rushed to purchase and donate them to
By VerdeXchange Conference Maryam Brown shares her insight into the impacts of shelter-in-place policies on commercial and residential gas consumption, as well as the company’s role and progress on decarbonizing California’s energy supply.Visit the VerdeXchange Conferenc website here.
Cal Matters | By: Ben Christopher After months spent in various stages of lockdown, California’s economy cracked open a little bit further today with the state announcing a series of new check-lists for counties hoping to get bars, sit-down restaurants, gyms, hotels, summer camps and bowling alleys up and rolling again as early as next Friday. The new “Phase 3” guidelines serve as rough how-to guides for areas of the state that are deemed ready to reopen by state health authorities, based on levels of
By CalChamber The California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted to support the Protect App-Based Drivers and Services Act, an initiative that is currently pending qualification for the November 2020 ballot. The CalChamber supports the initiative because it allows companies in the gig economy that provide rideshare or delivery services to offer important benefits and protections to drivers without blurring the legal line between employee versus independent contractor status. This would allow
By Leah Silverthorn - June 12, 2020 The Legislature is considering today a substantial and harmful change to the cap-and-trade market a mere 18 months after the Air Resources Board completed its rulemaking to implement bipartisan legislation passed in 2017. These changes would force ARB to restart this rulemaking specifically to increase the previously set carbon prices in order to generate more revenue to use for various state subsidies and programs. The only way to do this is to substantially
Population-wide facemask use could push COVID-19 transmission down to controllable levels for national epidemics and could prevent further waves of the pandemic disease when combined with lockdowns, according to a UK study published Wednesday. The research, led by scientists at Britain’s Cambridge and Greenwich Universities, suggests lockdowns alone will not stop the resurgence of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, but that even homemade masks can dramatically reduce transmission rates if enough people wear
The OC Register | By Ian Wheeler Dozens of small businesses in Buena Park — hair and nail salons, laundromats, print shops and others — soon will get grants of up to $10,000, money that that owners and civic leaders see as lifelines while companies tread water during the coronavirus pandemic. One of those is Watchland, a watch repair kiosk in Buena Park Mall. “I’ve never won anything in my life,” owner Allen Garcia said. “I was really shocked.” Garcia’s was one of 51 chosen from more than 200 small
June 11, 2020 | From HRCalifornia Extra by Katie Culliton, Editor, CalChamber Most employees currently working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic are realizing the positive impacts on their job over the last few months, and many are working more hours than if they were in the office. But they do have a considerable concern during this time — their ability to build strong relationships with their coworkers, as most employees are socializing less than they were in the office. Nevertheless, even when
Unsteady times call for the steadiest HR and Payroll Partner. In their 70 year history, ADP has never wavered in helping small business owners adapt to changing regulations and COVID-19 certainly has not changed that. ADP is offering many different toolkits to small business owners to help them navigate this new normal. Click here to review their employee preparedness toolkit. For more information, please contact Brianna Martinelli, Associate District Manager at (626) 200-5607.
Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) has been honored with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s at the organization's inaugural Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award. The award recognizes those members of Congress from both sides of the aisle who demonstrate the bipartisan leadership and constructive governing necessary to move our country forward and advance policies that support America’s free enterprise system. This award is earned by the 10 top scoring senators and 20 top scoring members of
On June 4, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) and U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) are temporarily reducing or eliminating the costs of several of their export services, providing relief to U.S. businesses affected by COVID-19. These efforts are intended to encourage the export of non-COVID-19-treatment-related “Made in the USA” products around the world in this moment of economic transition and
Orange County is famous for its “firsts” when it comes to Toll Roads. Orange County’s Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) opened the first toll roads in the state a quarter century ago. TCA created FasTrak, the first to offer electronic transponders so drivers could pay without having to stop at a toll booth. And now, TCA is first again – this time with the sticker transponder. If you are a FasTrak accountholder with TCA, you should have already received your sticker transponder(s) in the mail. There
In the words of the great Albert Einstein, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world.” Professionals at RAI Wealth Management agree, and they emphasize that the time to plan for retirement is now. With no minimum requirement to invest, it’s no surprise that the independent advisory team at RAI Wealth Management recommends people begin to plan for their financial future as early as possible. “It just seems like most people wait to plan until they’re in their 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s. If they got a