Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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California Reopens

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom staged a series of events to highlight the end of the stay-at-home order he issued last March and the...

Legislature Passes Budget, Clearing Way for Real Negotiations

The Legislature fulfilled its constitutional obligation this week by approving a state budget just ahead of the June 15 deadline. But meeting the formal...

Don’t Deny Vacation Due to Recent Use of COVID Sick Leave

My employee used most of her COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave over the last couple of weeks. Now she wants to take a week’s...

New COVID-19 Workplace Rules Align with CDC, State Health Dept. Guidelines

This week, the Standards Board of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) adopted revisions to the COVID-19 emergency workplace rules. The changes...

Everybody Talks About California’s Housing Crisis, But Nobody Will Solve It

There isn’t a politician, economist, social justice advocate or journalist who hasn’t viewed with alarm the unrelenting climb in housing prices and rents, the...

California Tourism Update on June 28 to Detail Stimulus Spending Plan

On the heels of California’s June 15 reopening, Visit California will convene an industrywide Zoom call on Monday, June 28 at 2 p.m. (Pacific...

3 Job Killer Bills Still Active

Following last Friday’s deadline for legislation to move out of the house in which it was introduced, just three of the 25 job killer...

Cal/OSHA to Revise COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Again

Revisions to California’s COVID-19 workplace emergency temporary standard (ETS) were delayed again this week at a special meeting of the Cal/OSHA Standards Board, but...

Many Factors to Consider When Employee Asks for More Leave Time

Our employee has used up all of her federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, but called today to request an extension of...

Statewide, Regional Organizations Urge Counties to Back Governor’s Reopening Plan

The California Chamber of Commerce joined other statewide, regional and local organizations this week in urging county public health directors/officers and county supervisors to...

Moderate Democrats Show Influence in Key Economic Recovery Policy Areas

In a democracy, it’s the votes that count. No matter what the polls say before election day, or the pundits say about the make-up...

Drought Challenges Increasingly Evident for Both Water Suppliers and Water Users

It’s official. California is in another drought cycle as are most of the western states. A look at the U.S. Drought Monitor shows a...

Investment Report Reflects Tumult of 2020

The negative impact of the pandemic on global commerce is reflected in this year’s report on foreign direct investment in California. Released on June 2,...

State OKs Pilot Program to Test Driverless Rides

Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced it had authorized San Francisco-based Cruise, LLC to participate in the state’s first pilot program...

CalChamber, Allies Join Forces to Stop 6 Oppose Bills, Amend 2

California Chamber of Commerce policy advocates working alongside advocates from allied business groups succeeded in stopping six CalChamber-opposed bills from advancing for the year,...