State and Local Minimum Wage Increases Take Effect January 1

The next increase to the California minimum wage takes effect on January 1, 2017, for employers with 26 or more employees. For these employers, the minimum wage rate increases to $10.50 an hour. Employers with 25 or fewer employees will continue to pay $10 an hour. A number of local minimum wage hikes will also …

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New Year, New Laws to Comply With

As we head toward the new year, don’t forget there are several new laws affecting California employers in 2017.
CalChamber’s employment law counsel analyzed the significant pieces of legislation that Governor Brown signed into law and prepared a white paper summarizing their effects on California employers.
Learn about new laws on:

Wage and hour, including minimum wage and …

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Chamber Launches Santa Maria Connect!, a Networking Group for Young Professionals

Emerging business professionals will soon have a local platform for networking, collaboration and skill-building. The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is partnering with local young professionals to launch Santa Maria Connect!, SMVCC’s emerging professionals network.
“Santa Maria’s local economy is growing and attracting new professionals who are either returning to town or moving here to …

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Marijuana is now legal in California, but it can still keep you from getting a job

Since election day, Ellen Komp of cannabis advocacy group California NORML said she’s received at least a dozen emails and calls from employees asking whether marijuana is now exempted from employer drug tests.
The closing line in almost every email response: “I wish I had better news.”
Recreational use of marijuana is now legal in California, but …

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With the compliance date rapidly approaching, the California Chamber of Commerce is reminding employers that beginning January 1, 2017, employers with 10 or more employees will be required to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits to the Employment Development Department (EDD).
This requirement will expand to all employers beginning January 1, …

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