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California Legislature Fumbles Chance to Boost Economic Recovery in State

The California Legislature fumbled a chance to boost economic recovery in the state by choosing the easy path: business-as-usual. Facing the three horsemen of the...

Legislature Should Stick to COVID-19 Priorities

Despite their leaders’ vow to concentrate their attention on the pandemic and economic crises, it’s business as usual at the California Legislature. In early spring,...

More Time to Apply for Paycheck Protection Program Loans

New Deadline: August 8, 2020 Legislation signed by the President last weekend extends the deadline to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to August...

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...

Federal Government Amends Paycheck Protection Program Rules

As COVID-19 began to impact businesses, the federal government resolved to help by creating the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which offers loans to help...

Factors to Keep in Mind When Rehiring Furloughed Employees

We are gearing up to restart our business soon. We furloughed several employees. Are there any concerns about rehiring? When we furloughed these people,...

State-Mandated Cyber Insurance Bill Fails Passage

Legislation opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce as an overbroad state mandate requiring contractors with state agencies to obtain cyber insurance failed to...

Federal CARES Act Offers Relief to Small Businesses

Last week, Congress passed and President Donald J. Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which, among other provisions,...

Governor Signs Executive Order to Help Small Business

Governor Gavin Newsom this week signed an executive order that will provide some relief for small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 crisis. The Governor’s March...

President Signs Bill Expanding Paid Sick/Family Leave

This week, President Donald J. Trump signed legislation that expands employee benefits and protections related to COVID-19. The additional emergency relief legislation known as the...

CalChamber Seeks Nominations for Outstanding Small Business Leaders

The California Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. The award recognizes small business owners who...

Disaster Assistance Available to Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced March 16 that it is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses in California “suffering substantial...

Small Firm Eyes Medical Leave Policies to Put in Employee Handbook

We are a small company of 30 employees. Are we required to have a medical leave policy in our employee handbook? Many different types of...

Governor Signs CalChamber-Sponsored Bill Helping Small Businesses

A California Chamber of Commerce-sponsored bill to help protect businesses from predatory lawsuits has been signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. AB 1607 (Boerner...

State Air Resources Board Drops Expansion of Emissions Reporting to Small Businesses

In response to objections raised by the California Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has dropped—for now—its...

CalChamber Objects to Massive Expansion of Air Emissions Reporting Mandate

No Public Hearing Set as Proposed Rule Now Encompasses Small Businesses Small businesses, including many without in-house air specialists, may soon be required to report...

IRS Highlights Resources Available for Small Businesses

In recognition of National Small Business Week, May 5–11, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is highlighting its resources to help small business owners and...