Robert Moutrie

Robert Moutrie
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Robert Moutrie joined the CalChamber in March 2019 as a policy advocate. He leads CalChamber advocacy on occupational safety, tourism, unemployment insurance and immigration. Moutrie has represented clients on matters such as consumer fraud litigation, civil rights, employment law claims, tort claims, and other business-related issues in federal and state courts. He previously served as an associate attorney at the Oakland-based firm of Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson. Moutrie earned a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. with honors from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. See full bio.

New COVID-19 Emergency Regulation Amendments Coming from Cal/OSHA

In a development that every employer in California should be watching closely, Cal/OSHA released the new proposed text (“amendments”) for California’s COVID-19 emergency temporary...

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The Cal/OSHA advisory committee’s February meetings on the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) offer some hints as to the future of California’s ETS.

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The California Chamber of Commerce urged the California Legislature yesterday to correct a series of costly COVID-19 workplace mandates imposed through an emergency regulation...

Legislature and Governor Must Act to Prevent California Employers from Paying for EDD’s Mistakes

Whenever something goes wrong – whenever something is lost or damaged – the question is always the same: who gets stuck holding the bag?...

Streamlined Work Sharing Program Offers Alternative to Layoffs

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CalChamber Asks Cal/OSHA to Delay Enforcing Emergency COVID-19 Rules

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Update on Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Regulations

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With the November 3rd election just weeks away, now seems like the right time to talk about some basic voting information you may need...

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As the 2020 legislative season comes to a close, we can certainly say it has been a chaotic time for employers. One bright spot...

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Cal/OSHA’s Standards Board voted to grant, in part, Petition 583, which sought the creation of a COVID-19 emergency regulation for industries not already covered...

Still No Clear Compliance Path for Wildfire Smoke Regulation

In the midst of COVID-19, it is easy to forget the host of other regulations and obligations with which businesses must comply in California....

CalChamber Raises Questions on Feasibility of Wildfire Smoke Rules

The California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of employer groups this week voiced concerns about the feasibility of the wildfire smoke protection emergency...

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As businesses, non-profits, schools, and even governing bodies have shifted towards working remotely to comply with social distancing guidelines from Governor Newsom, even healthy...

Big Picture Changes to Unemployment Insurance, Related Benefits under CARES Act

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