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Legislative Action Can Avert Tax Hike on State Employers

Like the rest of California society, employers are cautiously hopeful the worst of the pandemic has passed. The wreckage of human life, family health,...

State Must Act Now to Pay Down Unemployment Insurance Debt

This pandemic created unprecedented unemployment, which was not only devastating to thousands of Californians and their families, but also drained the state’s unemployment insurance...

Revenue Surge Permits Huge Hike in Budget Plan

Relying on a “once in a lifetime” surge in state revenues, Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing a revised state budget for 2021–22 roughly $40...

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...

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...

Employee Quitting Due to COVID May Still Collect Unemployment

I have several employees who have quit for COVID-19 related reasons, including lack of child care and fear of being in the workplace. Why...

Legislature, Governor Must Act to Prevent California Employers from Paying for EDD’s Mistakes

Whenever something goes wrong—whenever something is lost or damaged—the question is always the same: who gets stuck holding the bag? And we all know...

Streamlined Work Sharing Program Offers Alternative to Layoffs

As California businesses continue to struggle to maintain their workforces during COVID-related closing and reopenings, employers should keep in mind California’s underutilized work share...

Streamlining of Work Share Program a Win-Win for Business and Workers

As the 2020 legislative season comes to a close, we can certainly say it has been a chaotic time for employers. One bright spot...

How Part-Time Return to Work Affects Employee’s UI Benefits

My employee has been on furlough and collecting unemployment insurance (UI). If I bring her back to work part time, what is the maximum...

CalChamber Releases 2020 Job Killer Bill List

The California Chamber of Commerce this week released its annual job killer list, which includes 10 bills that threaten California’s economic recovery and would...

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Provides Benefits to Employees Who Have Symptoms or Are Ill...

As a part of his roadmap to reopening the economy, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently raised the issue of a wage replacement mandate on...

Big Picture Changes to Unemployment Insurance with CARES Act

This brief summarizes unemployment benefits available in California, as updated by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by Congress...

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...

Just 2 Job Killer Bills Pass

Only two of the 31 job killer bills identified this year by the California Chamber of Commerce have passed the Legislature and been sent...

Critical Employment Bill Awaits Action by Governor

The Legislature has wrapped up for the year, and the onus is now on Governor Gavin Newsom to decide which bills to sign into...

Keeping Employer Concerns Before Legislators Critical in Last Week of Session

With just one week left before legislators leave Sacramento for the year, major bills having a significant impact on business remain to be voted...