The Chamber Hits HR for Business

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When I first stepped into the batter’s box at the Chamber in 2016, the Cubs were about to win their first World Series since 1908, Donald Trump was elected President, Fidel Castro passed away, and NASA declared it the hottest year on record for Planet Earth. As the saying goes, the one constant in life […]

Agencies Grant More Time to Review Fire Hazard Zones


At the urging of a California Chamber of Commerce-led coalition, state agencies have extended the time they will take comments on a recently released map of fire hazard zones in the state. The updated fire hazard severity zone designations affect approximately 31 million acres of California and determine, among other things, planning decisions, building code […]

Budget: CalChamber Backs COVID Sick Leave Grants

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The California Chamber of Commerce is supporting the Governor’s budget proposal to allocate $250 million for relief grants to help small businesses and nonprofits offset the costs of providing COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave. Since early 2020, California businesses have been shouldering a tremendous amount of the costs of COVID-19 and have spent billions of […]

Private Employers Can Choose Whether to Observe/Pay for State Holidays

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California will have three new state holidays in 2023: Juneteenth, the Lunar New Year, and Genocide Remembrance Day. Are we required to give employees days off and pay them for these holidays? Several new state holidays were created by the California Legislature in 2022 and approved by Governor Gavin Newsom. For example, the State Assembly […]

Verizon: Working Together to Close California’s Digital Divide

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This article is part of a series of profiles of CalChamber member companies that are contributing to the state’s economic strength and ability to stay competitive in a global economy. Visit California Works to learn more about this series and read past and future profiles. More than ever, Californians increasingly depend on broadband for vital […]

Untangling Confusion on California’s Pay Scale Disclosure Requirements

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In Episode 169 of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber employment law expert Matthew Roberts sits down with CalChamber Policy Advocate Ashley Hoffman to discuss the pay scale disclosure component of SB 1162, a law passed in 2022 that also amended California’s existing pay data reporting laws. SB 1162’s pay scale disclosure component affects employers with any […]

EDD Updates Work Sharing Program Website, Resources

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The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has updated its Work Sharing Program website, offering additional resources for employers interested in applying for the program as a temporary alternative to layoffs. As previously reported, the Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing program has for decades allowed employers to temporarily reduce employee work schedules and help affected employees collect […]