​CalChamber News Network - 2015

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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.

CalChamber Capitol Report: ​Scheduling Mandate Bill a ‘Job Killer’ for Employers​​

(March 24, 2015) Legislation imposing a one-size-fits-all scheduling mandate on retailers has been identified by the California Chamber of Commerce as a “job killer.”

AB 357​ (Chiu; D-San Francisco) will dramatically increase the cost of doing business for any entity that conducts “any type of retail sales activity” in California and penalizes the employer by requiring “additional pay” for making changes to the schedule with less than two weeks notice.

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

(March 19, 2015) The Assembl​y Labor 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.

Frank will be leading the webinar, along with Jessica Hawthorne, senior employment law counsel and manager of the CalChamber Helpline, a service that helps CalChamber members understand the nuances of California employment law.

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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.

In the latest CalChamber Capitol Report, Susanne Stirling, CalChamber vice president o​f international affairs explains that although these negotiations have been ongoing since 2013, with new EU officials in place, there is a sense of a fresh start for these particular negotiations, which will create new opportunities for a range of companies.

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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.

In his presentation, Cohen discussed budget priorities including continued investments in key programs, saving money in the rainy day fund and paying down state debts.

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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.

“The Senate must act swiftly to pass H.R. 26 as it is critical to employers and our economy,” said Marti Fisher, CalChamber policy advocate. “Recent increased terrorism threats h​ave underscored the need for immediate action on this legislation and we strongly support a long-term extension of TRIA to minimize the cost to employers from the risk of terrorism.”

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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.

The letters will reiterate CalChamber support for renewing the President’s authority to negotiate trade agreements, pending agreements with Pacific nations and the European Union, and the re-authorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

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