Jennifer Barrera

Jennifer Barrera
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Jennifer Barrera oversees the development and implementation of policy and strategy as senior vice president, policy, and represents the CalChamber on legal reform issues. She led CalChamber advocacy on labor and employment and taxation from September 2010 through the end of 2017. As senior policy advocate in 2017, she worked with the executive vice president in developing policy strategy. Before joining the CalChamber, she worked at a statewide law firm that specializes in labor/employment defense. Barrera earned a B.A. in English from California State University, Bakersfield, and a J.D. with high honors from California Western School of Law. See full bio.
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Chambers Urge Stronger Link Between Career Technical Education Funding, Workforce Needs

The California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of local chambers of commerce are asking legislators to broaden the criteria for career technical education...

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...

Coalition Stops Proposal to Force Trade Secret Reveals

The California Chamber of Commerce and a broad coalition of associations have blocked legislation that would have unfairly leveraged California companies into costly settlements...

Governor Vetoes Job Killer

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has vetoed a job killer bill that would have imposed a new data collection mandate on California employers and...

CalChamber Seeking Input on Federal Tax Proposal

The California Chamber of Commerce is seeking member feedback on how the President’s tax proposal will affect their businesses. The framework for the proposal was...

Governor Preserves Evidentiary Standards for Elder Abuse

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr yesterday vetoed a California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill that would have made it easier for plaintiff’s attorneys to attempt...

Parental Leave Mandate for Small Business Passes

A job killer bill mandating a new protected leave of absence for small businesses passed the Legislature this week and is on its way...

Why Blow Up a Good Deal on Equal Pay?

What’s wrong with gathering more data about employee salaries, especially in the fight for workplace pay equity? Plenty, when the real motivation is to...

Job Killer Creates More Litigation at Expense of Job Creation

A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer bill that provides the perfect pleading pathway for class action attorneys to avoid arbitration awaits action by...

CalChamber-Opposed Bill Accelerates Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees

A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill that accelerates the minimum salary threshold for exempt employees is awaiting action on the Senate Floor. CalChamber is opposed...

Private Attorneys Target California Businesses for Public Nuisance Claims

Government entities’ use of contingency fee arrangements with private attorneys to pursue public nuisance claims against companies has been a growing concern for California...

CalChamber: State Proposed National Origin Regulations Too Broad

Regulations proposed by a state council to dictate how national origin is to be treated in the workplace are too broad and unsupported by...

Job Killer Could Publicly Shame California Employers

A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer that could publicly shame employers and expose them to costly litigation for alleged wage disparity where no...

Assembly Policy Committee Passes Bill Enhancing Labor Commissioner Authority

A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill that allows the Labor Commissioner to seek injunctive relief before completing an investigation and determining retaliation has occurred...

Parental Leave Mandate Hurts Small Business

By Jennifer Barrera in The San Diego Union-Tribune One of the things keeping state legislators busy in Sacramento right now is a shortsighted attempt to impose...

Assembly Judiciary Committee to Consider Job Killer Bill Today

The Assembly Judiciary Committee today will consider a California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer that if passed into law would create a worse litigation...

New Leave Mandate Passes Assembly Policy Committee

A job killer bill that mandates a new protected leave of absence passed the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee yesterday. SB 63 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara)...

CalChamber-Opposed Bill Seeking Ban on Salary History Inquiries in Committee Today

A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill that seeks to stop employers from “seeking” salary history information about an applicant will be considered by the...

Seeking Salary History May Be Banned

The California Assembly this week passed a California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill that exposes employers to costly litigation for inquiring into an applicant’s prior...

Senate Fiscal Committee Moves Multiple Tax Hike Bill without Vote

A bill proposing multiple tax hikes on state employers was sent directly to the full Senate without a vote on Monday by the Senate...