New Rule Targets Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has developed a regulation addressing workplace violence protection in health care. I am the HR director for an acute care facility. How will the new regulation for workplace violence in health care affect my facility?
Assuming your facility meets the definitions outlined in the regulation (Title 8, Section …

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New Criminal Background Regulations Coming July 1

The California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved new regulations this week relating to the use of criminal background information in employment decisions.
These regulations will be filed with the Secretary of State’s office and take effect on July 1. Employers will have additional burdens under the new regulations.
As previously reported, the California Fair Employment and …

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Ribbon Cutting: Morris & Garritano Insurance

We recently helped Morris & Garritano Insurance celebrate the opening of their Santa Maria location with a ribbon cutting!
The insurance agency has been around for over 130 years, with their main office located in San Luis Obispo. The opening of their new location, located at 2721 Santa Maria Way in Santa Maria, has been a goal for …

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Ribbon Cutting: Cellular Sales

We recently welcomed Cellular Sales to the Chamber with a ribbon cutting! Cellular Sales is a Verizon authorized retailer and sells a variety of smart phones, tablets and accessories. They recently opened their store at 1876 North Broadway in Santa Maria.
“Even from the first day we opened, we’ve been really busy,” said Jahi Edwards, Regional …

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Santa Maria Housing – A Relative Bargain

Recently, a story appeared in the local media highlighting a housing affordability study conducted by a finance industry publication.   In the report, our region was identified as one of the least affordable housing markets in the country.
What the article did not do, however, was dig deeper into the data and tell the whole story.  Because …

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