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
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.
Trade and investment opportunities in Africa are in the spotlight this summer as the African nations prepare for final implementation of their free trade area and the United States looks toward the start of discussions about a free trade agreement with Kenya. The California Chamber of Commerce is a longtime supporter of stable and sustainable economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa.Read More
CalChamber Advocacy | By Adam Regele Opposition from a California Chamber of Commerce-led coalition of groups has stopped a job killer bill that would have impeded housing construction and harmed the state’s economic recovery. SB 950 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) sought to expand existing requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by adding costly new mandates that would have burdened local agencies, added substantial time and costs to the CEQA process, and provided project opponents
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