Wednesday, February 26, 2020

2020 Promises More Workplace Regulations for California Employers

Last year brought some big changes under the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), and 2020 is virtually certain to bring new...

U.S. Court Invalidates Anti-Arbitration Law

A ruling last week by U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller halted enforcement of and invalidated in full an anti-arbitration law identified by the...

First Entries on 2020 Job Killer List Similar to Previous Failed Proposals

This week, the California Chamber of Commerce named two recently introduced bills as 2020 job killers. The bills are very similar to prior versions also...

2020 Issues Guide Available on Website

The California Chamber of Commerce 2020 Business Issues and Legislative Guide is available now on the CalChamber website at www.calchamber.com/businessissues. This easy-to-reference publication presents ways...

Oh, What a Relief It Isn’t—AB 5 and the B2B Exemption

The new law governing independent contracting, AB 5, includes what can be described as a business-to-business (B2B) exemption. But a close examination of the...

Initial Draft Regulations for Privacy Act Create Concerns for Business

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) took effect on January 1, 2020. California businesses appreciate the intent of the CCPA to help consumers protect...

Job Killer Bill Increases Workers’ Compensation Costs for Hospitals

The California Chamber of Commerce reminded legislators this week that pending job killer legislation will significantly increase workers’ compensation costs for public and private...

Anti-Arbitration Lawsuit Update

As Alert went to print this week, a U.S. District Court judge was scheduled to hear arguments on whether to permanently stop a new...

Job Killer Bills Imposing Targeted Taxes Set for Hearing in Senate Committee

Two targeted tax bills identified by the California Chamber of Commerce as job killers are scheduled to be considered by the Senate Governance and...

New Privacy Initiative Aimed at November Ballot

A new consumer data privacy initiative backed by the proponent of the measure that led to adoption of the state’s broad privacy law will...

CalChamber White Paper Highlights New 2020 Labor Laws

There are a few new and significant 2020 California employment laws that employers need to be aware of, as they may affect daily business...

Homelessness, Public Safety Top Concerns for State Voters

California voters are anxious. Reports of steady growth and low unemployment cheer political leaders, but voters are disturbed by decaying public order and an unaffordable...

CalChamber Vote Record: Major Bills 2019

This report for the first year of the 2019–2020 legislative session focuses on California legislators’ floor votes on California Chamber of Commerce priority bills. This...

Legislative Year: Mixed Bag

Governor Gavin Newson finished signing/vetoing all bills on October 13. The California Chamber of Commerce was tracking 62 bills on his desk, 32 supported...

CalChamber Files Lawsuit to End Prop.65 Warnings for Acrylamide

On behalf of its members, the California Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit on October 7 to stop the multitude of Proposition 65 warnings...

Governor Newsom Vetoes Threat to Water Reliability

Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed job killer legislation last week that threatened California’s water supply, and would have created regulatory uncertainty and litigation. “SB 1 posed...

The Blob: Wet or Dry Year in 2020?

The Blob is back in the Pacific Ocean. The Blob is a massive pool of water that is warmer than normal in the Pacific...