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CalChamber-Led Coalition Calls for Legislative Action

The California Chamber of Commerce is leading a coalition of more than 75 allied groups in urging Governor Gavin Newsom and California legislators to...

Guidance on Temporary CalWARN Suspension for COVID-19

As previously reported, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on March 17 temporarily suspending the notice requirements of California’s Worker Adjustment and...

President Signs Bill Expanding Paid Sick/Family Leave

This week, President Donald J. Trump signed legislation that expands employee benefits and protections related to COVID-19. The additional emergency relief legislation known as the...

When to Record, Report COVID-19 Occurrence in Workplace

What are the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) requirements for reporting occurrences of COVID-19 in the workplace? Cal/OSHA has provided guidelines in...

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...

Reminder: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Now in Effect

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), federal legislation President Trump signed on March 18, 2020, providing paid sick leave (PSL) and emergency family...

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,...

Federal CARES Act Offers Relief to Small Businesses

Last week, Congress passed and President Donald J. Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which, among other provisions,...

California Employers Should Not Be New Social Safety Net for Workers

The Super Bowl may be over, but that hasn’t stopped California labor unions and their allies from moving the goal posts. Currently, labor unions are...

Allies Join CalChamber Call for COVID Business Relief

The California Chamber of Commerce and nearly 200 allied business organizations representing all sectors of the economy and employing millions of California workers sent...

State Offering Temporary Tax Relief, COVID-19 Grants for Businesses

California will be offering a number of relief options for businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, Governor Gavin Newsom announced this week. The Governor’s November 30...

Chief Justice Delays All California Jury Trials for 60 Days

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on March 23 suspended all criminal and civil trials in the state’s superior courts for 60 days in an...

Emergency San Francisco Ordinance Provides Worker Health, Scheduling Protections

On April 21, 2020, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an emergency ordinance requiring grocery store, drug store, restaurant and on-demand delivery service...

COVID-19: What Employers Ask – Part 3

In Episode 81 of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank is joined by employment law experts Bianca Saad...

Wage and Hour Considerations for Remote Workers

How do an employer’s pay obligations differ when an hourly/nonexempt employee is working remotely from home? It’s important to keep in mind that when having...

Department of Public Health Seeks to Accelerate Vaccine Distribution

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued recommendations for accelerating the pace at which COVID-19 vaccines are distributed to Californians. Based upon...

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...