Monday, September 23, 2019

CalChamber Urges Congress to Craft, Pass Comprehensive Drought Legislation

The California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of Western farmers, ranchers and businesses, as well as urban, suburban and rural residents, are urging...

CalChamber to Feds: Don’t Use California Approach on Overtime Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) should not adopt California’s quantitative approach to determining whether an employee is exempt from overtime pay requirements, the...

CalChamber Backs Renewed Effort on Federal Water Bill

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced an updated proposal to provide long-term and short-term solutions to the state’s historic drought. The California Chamber of...

CalChamber, Broad Business Coalition Support Federal Ports Legislation

The California Chamber of Commerce has joined a large coalition to ensure that port disruptions due to labor contract negotiations do not have a...

U.S. House OKs Retroactive Renewal of Cost-Saving Trade Preference Program

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved bipartisan legislation providing a three-year retroactive renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. The 400-2...

Businesses Seek Renewal of Trade Program to Avert Tax Increases, Job Losses

The California Chamber of Commerce is urging Congress to renew a longstanding trade program to prevent further tax increases and job losses for U.S....

NLRB Expands Ability of Temp Workers to Organize

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has overturned long-established precedent to hold that temporary workers supplied by a staffing agency may be put in...

Federal Tax Reform Means More Business Taxes for California

California’s corporate tax base may increase by up to 12% as a result of federal tax reform legislation, according to a study recently released...

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks Input on Federal Overtime Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking comments on the federal overtime rule, which defines who is exempt from minimum wage and overtime...

Congress Votes to Reauthorize Terrorism Risk Insurance Act

Following strong support voiced by the California Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate voted this week to reauthorize the...

U.S. Labor Agency Gives More Time to Comment on Proposed Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has extended the comment period for two proposed rules—one that revises and clarifies joint-employer arrangements and another that...

Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Status

California appears to be on track to repay its unemployment insurance (UI) fund debt to the federal government by the end of the year. The...

GOP Lawmakers Release U.S. Tax Code Revamp

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives this week released their plan for rewriting the federal tax code. Depending on one’s business or personal situation,...

CalChamber, Coalition Fight Proposal Expanding Federal Say on Water, Land Use

The California Chamber of Commerce has joined with 375 trade associations and chambers from 50 states to voice strong concerns with a proposal that...

Court Blocks Federal Overtime Rule; Administration Appeals

Last week, a federal court in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from enforcing the new federal...

CalChamber Seeking Input on Federal Tax Proposal

The California Chamber of Commerce is seeking member feedback on how the President’s tax proposal will affect their businesses. The framework for the proposal was...