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Vacation Policy Factors to Consider During COVID-19 Pandemic

A consequence of the prolonged shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders issued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically reduced travel. As a result,...

Governors Go Online to Urge Californians: Wear a Mask to Help Limit COVID-19

Former Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis, Jerry Brown and Pete Wilson join Governor Gavin Newsom in an online video appeal for Californians to look...

Key to Reopening—Liability Protection

As businesses throughout the state start to reopen, there is a looming question as to whether it is safe. Consumers want to resume a...

CalChamber Urges Congress to Help Childcare Providers

California’s economy is slowly reopening, indicated by increased sales, fewer unemployment claims, and more traffic. But many residents who cannot work from home may...

Small Business Administration Updates: Disaster Loan Portal, Paycheck Protection Form

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced this week that it has reopened the portal for eligible applicants hurt by COVID-19 to apply for...

COVID-19: Monitoring Off-Duty Workers

In Episode 73 of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss the...

CalChamber Recommends Ways to Fire Up Economy

Setting liability limits for employers facing lawsuits over COVID-19 exposure, postponing the 2021 minimum wage hike, and expediting retraining programs for unemployed workers are...

Tips for Investigating Harassment of Employees Working Remotely

In Episode 72 of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss important...

Federal Government Amends Paycheck Protection Program Rules

As COVID-19 began to impact businesses, the federal government resolved to help by creating the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which offers loans to help...

Update on Move Toward Business Reopening

California this week revised the readiness criteria for counties to move toward reopening their economies, linking required calculations on number of COVID-19 cases and...

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application Available

Last week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, released the application for seeking forgiveness of...

State Issues Industry-Specific Guidance for Businesses to Reopen Gradually

California continued moving toward economic reopening this week, entering early Stage 2 of the COVID-19 Resilience Roadmap. The state issued more detailed industry-specific guidance and...

CalChamber to Present Webinar on Creating a Return to Work Plan

As California and its localities begin to modify their shelter-in-place orders, employers across the state are thinking about how to comply with evolving workplace...

Governor: State Can Begin to Modify Stay Home Orders

Governor Gavin Newsom this week released guidelines under which a limited number of “lower-risk” industries can prepare to reopen. Emphasizing that data shows that Californians’...

Tips for Reopening Your Workplace

In Episode 69 of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw offer tips...

Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Order: Presume COVID-19 Illness Arises from the Job

Governor Gavin Newsom this week signed an executive order establishing a rebuttable presumption that any COVID-19 related illness of an employee who worked outside...

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Provides Benefits to Employees Who Have Symptoms or Are Ill...

As a part of his roadmap to reopening the economy, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently raised the issue of a wage replacement mandate on...