Policy Briefing – Workers’ Compensation – Beyond COVID

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We know 2021 is going to be filled with important policy discussions. In order to prepare for this, the California Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a series of virtual policy briefings to discuss some of the big topics we anticipate this legislative session. The briefings provide useful background and insights on the complex subjects […]

CalChamber Posts Policy Briefings Online; Briefings on Housing, Data Security Available Now

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Many important policy discussions will be taking place this year and to prepare for this, the California Chamber of Commerce has been hosting a series of virtual policy briefings to discuss some of the big topics anticipated for this legislative session. The briefings provide useful background and insights on the complex subjects covered. Currently available […]

How to Hit a Moving Target

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How often in business these days have you said, or heard others say, running a business is like “trying to hit a moving target”? The phrase has become a cliche for sure. So in a literal sense, how do you hit a moving target? If you ask a hunter to explain it, they likely will tell you […]

Governor, Agencies Focus on Vaccine Delivery System

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Speeding the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines was the goal of actions outlined by Governor Gavin Newsom and several state agencies this week. Named to lead the vaccine distribution and operations effort was Yolanda Richardson, secretary of the Government Operations Agency. She will work closely with Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of health and human services, and […]

State Supreme Court Says Dynamex Decision Is Retroactive

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The California Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that its April 2018 decision changing the test for determining whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee applies retroactively. The latest ruling opens California businesses up to millions of dollars of liability. The state high court’s April 2018 decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. […]

New Reporting/Training Mandate for Businesses Employing Minors

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How has the mandate to report suspected child abuse and neglect changed under Assembly Bill (AB) 1963? What are the new training requirements? Several new laws have taken effect as of January 1, 2021 (and some in late 2020), many of which were related to COVID-19; and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) expansion was […]

CalChamber Experts Answer Most Popular Questions from HR Seminar

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In Episode 104 of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law experts Bianca Saad and Matthew Roberts discuss the most frequently asked questions from the 2021 CalChamber Employment Laws Update seminars. The questions cover the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, face coverings for COVID-19 prevention, COVID-19 prevention […]

Forest Action Plan Outlines Approach to Battling Year-Round Wildfire Season

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The wildfire season seems endless. It starts earlier in the year and ends later. Practically, it’s morphed into a year-round phenomenon. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) already lists 13 wildfire incidents and it is only January of the new year. Winter provided little rainfall, until this week, and the lack of […]

Paycheck Protection Program Resumes; SBA Vows to Improve Process

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The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was reopened earlier this month by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department. The SBA website outlines details of what is required for First Draw PPP Loans, as well as the Second Draw PPP Loans for which the SBA began accepting applications on January […]