Saturday, April 20, 2019

SB 1300 Expands FEHA Litigation

Last fall, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed SB 1300 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara), a comprehensive bill that makes several changes in the law for...

Federal Agency Releases New Approach for Dealing with California Water Operations

This week, the federal Bureau of Reclamation released a lengthy document outlining a new approach applying scientific principles to state operations affecting water supply...

A Different Kind of Carbon Tax

My primary policy areas at the California Chamber of Commerce are privacy and tax. Yet, when I heard there was going to be a...

Rate of Fatal Work Injuries in California Remains Same Year Over Year

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) reports that 376 Californians died on the job in 2017, the same as in 2016. California’s workplace fatality rate...

Finance Director Presents Budget Proposal Highlights

We are in extraordinary times right now, but that is punctuated by a lot of uncertainty, California Finance Director Keely Martin Bosler commented this week to a luncheon audience of more than 100 business leaders at the California Chamber of Commerce

Governor Unveils Carrot-and-Stick Approach to Boost Housing Production

“The number one driver of cost of living is housing—housing is the issue. Unless we get serious about it, the state will continue to...

Governor Newsom Outlines ‘California for All’ Mission

Newly inaugurated Governor Gavin Newsom began the week presenting his vision of “a California for all” on January 7, then took steps to implement...

Governor Newsom Names Key Administration Leaders

Following is a partial list of people Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed so far to leadership posts in his administration. For a fuller list, see...

Governor’s First Day Focuses on Health Care

Shortly after being sworn into office this week, Governor Gavin Newsom launched his ambitious plan to make sure every person has access to quality,...

Reminders: W-2s Due January 31 to IRS; 2019 Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminds employers and other businesses of the January 31 deadline that now applies to filing Form W-2 wage statements...

CalChamber: Reject Prop. 65 Proposals Placing Added Burdens Only on Business

The state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) should reject two Proposition 65 proposals that place additional and unjustified burdens solely on businesses,...

CalChamber White Paper Recaps New Laws for 2019

The California Chamber of Commerce has released the list of new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2019 and later that will affect...

State-Run Retirement Savings Plan Gets OK; Mandatory Enrollment Coming in 2020

California employers that don’t already offer a workplace retirement savings vehicle will be required to either begin offering one via the private market or...

Closer Look at Privacy Law

The following story first appeared as the Capitol Insider blog post on October 15. Unlike Europe, with its recently implemented GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation),...

CalChamber Vote Record: Major Bills 2018

This report for the second year of the 2017–2018 legislative session focuses on California legislators’ floor votes on California Chamber of Commerce priority bills. This...

IRS Highlights Tax Changes Affecting Small Businesses

  The Internal Revenue Service is urging small business owners to learn about how the new tax law changes may affect them. The Tax Cuts and...

CalChamber Stops All 29 Job Killer Bills

On his final day to act on legislation, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. vetoed the last surviving California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer bill. AB...