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CalChamber Commends Governor, Legislature for Providing Small Business Relief

The California Chamber of Commerce welcomed news last week that Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a measure that will bring California into partial...

Retroactive COVID Paid Sick Leave Due When Employee Requests It

I have a business with approximately 40 employees, and I just read something that said California passed a law making COVID sick leave retroactive...

Safe, Welcome Reopening Plan for California

I’m sure many readers know someone who postponed a wedding or reunion in 2020 due to the inability to gather or travel under COVID-19...

Governor Sets Target Date for Reopening California

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom set a June 15 benchmark for fully reopening the state’s economy. He emphasized that moving on is contingent on...

Rising Payroll Taxes Coming to Shore Up California’s Pandemic-Depleted UI Fund

As the 2021 crop of legislation is coming into form and moving through legislative committees addressing a range of topics, one topic is conspicuously...

Recent Agreements Provide Framework for Ongoing Partnership in Multiple Sectors

The following answers to questions posed by the California Chamber of Commerce are from Ambassador Márcia Loureiro, Consul General, Consulate General of Brazil in...

California Travel Looks to Bounce Back After Sharp Pandemic Decline

March marked one year since the coronavirus changed the way Californians live and work. This spring carries a sense of optimism as vaccines become...

Governor Signs New Paid Sick Leave Mandate into Law

Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation on March 19 that mandates the addition of up to 80 hours of employer-paid COVID-19 sick leave retroactive to...

Steps to Take for Safely Returning Employees to the Workplace

What COVID-19 safety measures do employers need to have in place before bringing employees back to the worksite from remote work? Employers who are bringing...

Declining COVID Indicators Show Promise for Reopening of More Business Sectors

COVID-19 statistics continued to move in the right direction this week as the rate of new cases, deaths and positive tests declined and the...

Thank You Valued Members

As we approach the one-year anniversary of lockdown initiations in California due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank...

American Rescue Plan Act Brings More Financial Relief

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), creating a third stimulus package since...

California Family Rights Act Leave Raises Issues and Questions

My employee has used her Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)/California Family Rights Act (CFRA) time last year to care for her mother. Now...

Green & Gold Recovery: Ireland, California Can Shape Future Post-Pandemic Economy

The following answers to questions posed by the California Chamber of Commerce are from Robert O’Driscoll, Consul General of Ireland in San Francisco, and...

Governor’s State of State Recaps COVID Efforts

Flanked by video screens in an empty stadium, Governor Gavin Newsom delivered the first virtual State of the State address this week. The number of...

Steps to Consider When Employee Telecommutes from Another State

As a result of COVID-19, we’ve had a lot of employees working remotely, but now some of them are planning to move out of...

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...