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Robert Moutrie joined the CalChamber in March 2019 as a policy advocate. He leads CalChamber advocacy on workplace safety, legal reform and protection, tourism, insurance, unemployment insurance, immigration and education. He is CalChamber's expert on the COVID-19 workplace regulation and was closely involved in its drafting and amendments process at Cal/OSHA. Moutrie has represented clients on matters such as consumer fraud litigation, civil rights, employment law claims, tort claims, and other business-related issues in federal and state courts. He previously served as an associate attorney at the Oakland-based firm of Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson. Moutrie earned a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. with honors from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. See full bio.

Cal/OSHA Considers Removing Exclusion Pay Mandate from New COVID Rule

As the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) prepares to vote on the next iteration of California’s COVID-19 emergency regulation, one important...

COVID-19 Regulation: Cal/OSHA Makes Big Changes Ahead of December Vote

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CalChamber Calls for Changes to Nonemergency COVID Draft Rule

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board’s draft proposal to extend the state’s COVID-19 regulation for another two years — with some significant changes from the COVID-19...

State Change in COVID-19 Definition of ‘Close Contact’ Leaves Questions for California Employers

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Coalition Urges Legislature to Adopt $3B UI Debt Payment Budget Proposal

The California Chamber of Commerce and a broad-based coalition of employer organizations are strongly supporting Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal to help reduce the...

Unemployment Fund Insolvency Will Lead to Payroll Tax Increases

With the legislative frenzy complete for the year, Sacramento’s policymakers are turning their eyes toward next year’s budget and their next round of legislative...

COVID-19 in the Workplace — Vaccination Mandate on Horizon

COVID-19 continues to dominate discussions around workplace safety in California and across the nation — and big changes for businesses are on the horizon...

Coming Soon: U.S. Emergency Rule Establishing Large Employer Vaccination or Testing Mandate

On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. Department of Labor through its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is working...

Proposal Allows Cal/OSHA to Sidestep Fiscal Review

Workplace rules would be allowed to skip past critical analysis of their fiscal and other effects if legislation pending before the Assembly becomes law. SB...

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...

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...

Cal/OSHA Delays Vote on COVID-19 Emergency Rule Amendments

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Rising Payroll Taxes Coming to Shore Up California’s Pandemic-Depleted UI Fund

As the 2021 crop of legislation is coming into form and moving through legislative committees addressing a range of topics, one topic is conspicuously...

State Lags Behind New CDC Guidelines for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated People

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on social contact and when quarantining is required for vaccinated people. California...

Cal/OSHA Gathering Feedback on COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

The Cal/OSHA advisory committee’s February meetings on the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) offer some hints as to the future of California’s ETS. Before the...

CalChamber Urges Pull Back of Emergency COVID Rules

The California Chamber of Commerce urged the California Legislature this week to correct a series of costly COVID-19 workplace mandates imposed through an emergency...

Legislature, Governor Must Act to Prevent California Employers from Paying for EDD’s Mistakes

Whenever something goes wrong—whenever something is lost or damaged—the question is always the same: who gets stuck holding the bag? And we all know...