SBA Officials Say: More Help is on the Way

SBA Restaurant Revitalization

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has just released details on the long-awaited Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), which should bring much-needed financial relief to the local food & beverage industry. Joe Rodola, who represents the SBA’s local affiliate in Redding, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), tells the Chamber of Commerce that now is the time to get […]

What Employers Are Asking Right Now

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In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss some of the most common questions employers have been asking recently, including internet reimbursements for remote workers, providing paid sick leave for employees quarantining from recent travel, time keeping, and more. COVID-19 […]

Business Community PSA Encourages Vaccinations

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California’s business community has released a new public service announcement (PSA), called “Do It For,” encouraging Californians to get vaccinated when it’s their turn. The PSA is airing statewide on TV, radio and social media, reaching millions of California residents in both English and Spanish. “The key to opening up California’s economy safely and responsibly […]

Premium Pay Penalty Due When Employee Given Late Meal Break

Yesterday our store was very busy, so I could not let my employee leave for a meal break until very late in the day. Do I owe the employee a one-hour meal period penalty because their lunch break was late, or is it owed only if they didn’t get a meal break at all? California’s […]

Vaccination Is Key to Reopen Economy

In Episode 116 of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg and Dee Dee Myers, senior adviser to Governor Gavin Newsom and director of the Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and why it is critical to reopening the California economy. Reopening Set for June 15 Earlier this […]

Drought Preparations Picking Up as State Dry Spell Continues with No Relief in Sight

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California’s water supply levels are continuing to drop closer to those at the beginning of 2014, which was the start of the last drought cycle. The whole state is in some sort of drought, with conditions ranging from abnormally dry to exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor map. As reservoir levels continue to […]

27 CalChamber Members on Fortune List of 100 Best Companies to Work For

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Twenty-seven California Chamber of Commerce member companies have been selected by Fortune as among the 100 best companies to work for in 2021. Company responses to COVID-19 were a significant factor in compiling this year’s list. The magazine describes its honorees as “the most heroic companies” for supporting their people and communities in the United […]

Call for Nominations: 2022 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards

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James Irvine Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Leadership Awards. Irvine, a long-time partner with the California Chamber of Commerce on various public policy projects, has honored 100 Californians with Leadership Awards since the program began in 2006. Each year, the Leadership Awards recognize individuals who are advancing breakthrough solutions to critical issues […]