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Tips for Creating a Return to Work Plan

In Episode 75 of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank is joined by employment law experts Bianca Saad...

Vacation Policy Factors to Consider During COVID-19 Pandemic

A consequence of the prolonged shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders issued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically reduced travel. As a result,...

Governors Go Online to Urge Californians: Wear a Mask to Help Limit COVID-19

Former Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis, Jerry Brown and Pete Wilson join Governor Gavin Newsom in an online video appeal for Californians to look...

Key to Reopening—Liability Protection

As businesses throughout the state start to reopen, there is a looming question as to whether it is safe. Consumers want to resume a...

Caveats to Using Virus Monitoring Apps

In Episode 74 of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss the...

CalChamber Urges Congress to Help Childcare Providers

California’s economy is slowly reopening, indicated by increased sales, fewer unemployment claims, and more traffic. But many residents who cannot work from home may...

Small Business Administration Updates: Disaster Loan Portal, Paycheck Protection Form

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced this week that it has reopened the portal for eligible applicants hurt by COVID-19 to apply for...

Tourism Industry Preparing Itself for Recovery

The COVID-19 crisis has snuffed out 10 years of economic growth in California’s travel and tourism industry. The fallout from this crisis is not...

Assembly Committee Moves Job Killer Bills to Next Stage

A job killer bill that will significantly restrict Californians’ ability to access home and auto loans by placing onerous burdens on lenders, which will...

Update on Move Toward Business Reopening

California this week revised the readiness criteria for counties to move toward reopening their economies, linking required calculations on number of COVID-19 cases and...

COVID-19: What Employers Ask – Part 2

In Episode 70 of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and Labor Law Adviser Ellen Savage discuss the...

6 Things Legislature Can Do to Help State Recover from Economic Devastation

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the California economy, especially public-facing businesses. Entertainment—including motion pictures, television, live shows and theme parks—restaurants, accommodations and retail sectors...

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application Available

Last week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, released the application for seeking forgiveness of...

Remote Workers May Be Subject to Local Wage, Sick Leave Ordinances

If our work site is located in an area where only the California minimum wage rate applies, but due to COVID-19, some of our...

State Issues Industry-Specific Guidance for Businesses to Reopen Gradually

California continued moving toward economic reopening this week, entering early Stage 2 of the COVID-19 Resilience Roadmap. The state issued more detailed industry-specific guidance and...

Governor: State Can Begin to Modify Stay Home Orders

Governor Gavin Newsom this week released guidelines under which a limited number of “lower-risk” industries can prepare to reopen. Emphasizing that data shows that Californians’...

COVID-19 and Form I-9 Requirements

Our offices are closed due to COVID-19 and the shelter-in-place order. We hired an employee who will be working at home remotely until we...