Chamber Does… Support to Local Students, Schools

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce recognizes the importance of our local educational institutions, and has a number of programs which help support our local schools.
“The Chamber partners with the local school systems in our Valley on a wide range of programs ranging from recognizing outstanding students to providing computers to students/families who need …

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Legislative Update: Chamber Continues to Advocate for Business

The legislative season is moving at full speed and the number of bills being proposed continues to grow each week. Many of these bills are highly concerning in terms of the potential negative impact they would have on ability of our businesses to continue to drive a vibrant local economy. The Chamber of Commerce continues …

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California Supreme Court Decides Important “One Day’s Rest in Seven” Questions

Under California law, employees are entitled to “one day’s rest in seven.” But what, exactly, does that mean?
Today, the California Supreme Court answered three questions related to seventh day of work rules (Mendoza v. Nordstrom Inc., No. S224661 (May 8, 2017)). These questions are important for California employers and provide guidance for employers on how …

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The Heat Is On: Take Steps to Prevent Illness

California received a lot of wet weather recently, a good thing for a state that was hit hard by drought. Yet, warmer temperatures soon will arrive, and employers with an outdoor workforce need to plan ahead to prevent heat illness.
California’s strict heat illness standards require employers to take a multi-faceted approach to protect outdoor workers …

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Wage Orders Updated: Do You Know Your Compliance Obligations?

California regulates wages and hours of nonexempt employees with documents called Wage Orders. California employers must comply with 17 Wage Orders, plus a Minimum Wage Order, as well as any applicable statutes. You must determine which Wage Order(s) govern your business and post a copy of the applicable order(s) in your workplace.
The California Department of …

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