Saturday, November 17, 2018

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...

New Safety Rule to Protect Hotel Housekeepers to Take Effect July 1

California has adopted a new workplace safety and health regulation to prevent and reduce work-related injuries to housekeepers in the hotel and hospitality industry....

Assembly Committee OKs Bill to Deter Organized Retail Theft

A California Chamber of Commerce-supported bill to help retailers limit losses from theft won unanimous bipartisan approval this week from a Senate policy committee. AB...

Indoor Heat Illness Rules: Keeping Up the Pressure

While the latest version of the Cal/OSHA proposed draft indoor heat illness rule is improved over prior versions, a coalition of employer groups led...

California Supreme Court Issues Worker-Friendly Overtime Ruling

Overtime pay in California is based on the employee’s “regular rate of pay,” which is not always an employee’s normal hourly wage and must...

State OKs Driverless Testing, Public Use Rules for Autonomous Vehicles

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced this week that regulations governing the driverless testing and public use of autonomous vehicles on California...

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...

California Close to Having Health Care for All

In the debate on health care, the two words most confused or misunderstood are “universal” and “single-payer.” They often are used interchangeably, and even...

2018 Issues Guide Available on Website

The California Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Issues and Legislative Guide is available now on the CalChamber website at www.calchamber.com/businessissues. This easy-to-reference publication compiles a...

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...

Coalition Stops Proposal to Force Trade Secret Reveals

The California Chamber of Commerce and a broad coalition of associations have blocked legislation that would have unfairly leveraged California companies into costly settlements...

California Has Bigger Stake than Other States in Immigration Reform Debate

A look at estimates of both the number of undocumented immigrants and young unauthorized immigrants who call California home reveals the potential significant impact...

Polystyrene Ban Falls Short of Votes Again

A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer bill to prohibit food vendors from using polystyrene foam food service packaging failed again this week to...

Beverage Container Mandate Fails to Move

A proposal to require tethered caps for single-use plastic beverage containers failed to move out of the Assembly before this week’s January 31 deadline...

Governor: State Will Persist in Leading Way for Nation

The need for perseverance was a recurring theme this week when Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. delivered his 16th and final report on the...

Opposition Stops More Holdover Job Killer Bills

Several job killer bills that remained eligible for consideration this year failed to advance in the Assembly this month. Falling short of votes needed to...

Governor Calls for Fiscal Prudence with Budget Plan

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. this week proposed the final budget of his gubernatorial career, proposing to spend a record $190 billion without raising...