​CalChamber News Network

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The CalChamber news netwo​rk project, “CalChamber News,” aims to keep CalChamber members and others informed of public policy issues havi​ng an impact on the job climate and economy.

rCapitol Report: CalChamber-Supported Gender Equity Pay Bill on Assembly Floor

​​(August 25, 2015) A California Chamber of Commerce-supportedbill that seeks to eliminate pay disparity based on gender will be considered by the full Assembly this week.

SB 358 is the subject of the latest CalChamber Capitol Report video. The bill is authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), who is chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. It ensures that women are paid equally for work that is substantially similar to the work of their male colleagues, and are not retaliated against if they discuss or ask how much their male colleagues are paid.

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New Paid Sick Leave Law in Effect Today

​​(July 1, 2015) Today, California’s new mandatory sick leave policy goes into effect for all employers and all employees in California.

In the latest CalChamber Capitol News Report, President and CEO Allan Zaremberg calls attention to the most important aspects of the new mandate and what employers need to know to be in compliance

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Capitol Report: ‘Job Killer’ Undermines Prop. 13 Protections, Would Raise Costs for Small Businesses​

(June 12, 2015) A recently amended “job killer,” SCA 5 (Hancock; D-Berkeley)/Mitchell; D-Los Angeles), now seeks to undermine the protections of Proposition 13 by unfairly targeting commercial and industrial property owners and increasing their property taxes by assessing their property based upon current fair market value instead of acquired value. 

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​CalChamber Capitol Report: Assembly Policy Committee Passes Double Holiday Pay Bill​

(March 19, 2015) The Assembl​y La​bor and Employment Committee yesterday passed California Chamber of Commerce-opposed AB 67 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego) which requires double pay for work on certain days.​

During testimony to the committee, CalChamber Policy Advocate Jennifer Barrera explained that AB 67 increases costs, creates a competitive disadvantage, and potentially violates employers’ constitutional rights by forcing employers to recognize certain days as “family holidays” and compensate all employees with double pay for work performed on those days.

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CalChamber Capitol News: The Importance of International Trade​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

(February 19, 2015) Newly released trade statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce revealed another record-breaking year in exports for California and the United States.​

“With more than 95% of the world’s population living outside the United States international trade is more important than ever,” explains Susanne Stirling, vice president of international affairs for the California Chamber of Commerce.

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Webinar to Explain How to Pay Employees by the Rules​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

(February 6, 2015) Employers with questions on the often-confusing requirements for paying employees can get some answers at a California Chamber of Commerce live webinar on February 19.

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CalChamber Voices Support for Transatlantic Partnership Agreement​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

(February 4, 2015) The California Chamber of Commerce is urging United States and European Union leaders to advance the largest regional trading and investment relationship in the world.

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State Finance Director Provides Analysis of Governor’s 2015-16 Budget for CalChamber Members​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

(​​January 13, 2015) During a CalCha​mber luncheon forum, Department of Finance Director Michael Cohen gave a detailed analysis of the Governor’s proposed 2015-16 budget.

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CalChamber Urges Quick Action by Senate to Approve Terrorism Risk Insurance Act​​​​​​​​​​​​

(January 8, 2015) Following strong support voiced by the California Chamber of Commerce, the US. House of Representatives yesterday reauthorized the “Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization” (TRIA). The resolut​ion, H.R. 26, now heads to the U.S. Senate for a vote.​

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International Trade Priorities

(January 5, 2015) As the new Congress convenes on Tuesday, January 6, the California Chamber of Commerce will send a letter outlining its international trade priorities for the 114th Congress. In addition, a letter will be sent to President Obama, Secretary of Commerce Pritzker, and U.S. Trade Representative Froman.​

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CalChamber Capitol News Report: Explains Two Significant New Employment Laws for 2015

(December 15, 2014) Today’s CalChamber Capitol News Report highlights two important new laws that employers need to be aware of in 2015: mandatory paid sick leave and subco​ntractor liability.

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