Recent articles and videos from news sources that mention the California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber.)

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California Chamber Doesn’t Condone Wage Theft
Mark Schacht’s recent op-ed on wage theft (“Let California’s workers recover stolen pay,” Viewpoints, Feb. 9) falsely portrays the California Chamber of Commerce. To be clear, CalChamber deplores wage theft and supports vigorous enforcement against dishonest companies. In fact, we supported the state labor commissioner’s efforts and statewide campaign to vigorously pursue wage theft and other labor code violations. (Jennifer Barrera in The Sacramento Bee, 02/16/18)


‘Extreme’ Rent Control Could be Coming to California Soon
The state Chamber of Commerce labeled a bill that also sought to repeal Costa-Hawkins a “job killer.” It died earlier this year in the Assembly, setting up the ballot box fight. “I expect it to qualify,” said Allan Zaremberg, the Chamber’s president and CEO. “We’re concerned about increases in the cost of housing and being able to keep people in California. The consequences of a strong economy and an inability to keep up with the demand for housing is a problem we need to solve, but we believe that rent control diminishes investment in housing opportunities. (The Sacramento Bee CapitolAlert, 01/31/18)


Why California Employers are Still Paying for Recession-Era Jobless Benefits
In 2012, California’s debt was three times the next-biggest state debt, said Marti Fisher, policy advocate for the California Chamber of Commerce. She traces the problem to late 2001 when the Legislature passed a bill to increase unemployment benefits (for the first time since 1992) without increasing taxes, changing eligibility requirements or making any changes to make the system more efficient. “The chamber was opposed at the time,” she said. “We said the fund is going to become insolvent.” (San Francisco Chronicle, 01/22/18)

California Assembly Bill Seeks to Reform Private Attorneys General Act
Attorneys who defend businesses against lawsuits filed under the Private Attorney Generals Act, or PAGA, are quick to argue that the law does not give employers a fair opportunity to correct alleged violations before having to fight off legal action.  “AB 281 creates a balance between protecting employees and their rights under the Labor Code while also protecting employers from financially devastating litigation over alleged minor violations,” the California Chamber of Commerce stated in a recent letter of support. (Sacramento Business Journal, 01/10/18)