Chamber Advocates for Business with Elected Leaders

As the legislative season moves forward at high speed and local elected bodies turn to budgeting, the Chamber actively monitors proposed legislation and comments in support or opposition when we believe the interests of local businesses can be supported or are at risk. In an effort to maximize our effectiveness and impact, much of our …

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Fairpark Celebrates a Santa Maria-Style Summer with County Fair and Strawberry Festival

“There’s something about the smell of corn dogs and cotton candy, combined with the sights and sounds of the carnival and performers, that makes you feel like a kid again.”
Santa Maria Fairpark CEO Richard Persons understands the lure of their two major events, the 30th Annual Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival (April 28 – 30) …

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Indoor Heat Illness: Coalition Criticizes Draft Rule as Too Complex, Burdensome

A coalition of employer groups led by the California Chamber of Commerce this week detailed its objections to a draft regulation to prevent heat illness in indoor workplaces.
Coalition members represent employers large and small across many diverse industries. Many members were involved with the development and implementation of the outdoor heat illness regulation, and have …

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Employment Drug Testing Q&A

The issue of drug-free workplace policies and drug testing is at the forefront of many employers’ minds after the passage of Proposition 64 made the recreational use of marijuana legal as of November 9, 2016.
When Drug Testing Is Allowed
California’s Constitution contains a right to privacy that can be violated by workplace drug testing. Employers must be …

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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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