Tag: Capitol Insider

California’s Riddling Business Climate

As the clock struck midnight on August 31, one of the most unpredictable legislative sessions in California history came to a close. On the...

What You Need to Know – CCPA Regulations

On August 14, 2020, the Attorney General’s California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Regulations were approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and immediately...

Conversations in Cybersecurity: Foreign Surveillance in America

You’ve seen it in the news. You’ve heard it from your politicians. You’ve listened to your family talk about it at the dinner table....

Governor Declares Heat Wave Emergency; Waives Permit Conditions that Limit Energy Generation

For the first time in twenty years, California experienced rolling blackouts at over 400,000 homes and businesses as energy demand outpaced our ability to...
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California’s Next Housing Crisis Looms

The ripple effect from the pandemic-caused recession continues to reverberate in California. Millions of unemployed workers face rent and mortgage payments, while the memory...

A Permit Quagmire

How long should a permit renewal take? Not a new permit, but a renewal. Three days if your renewal permit is for a desalination...
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COVID-19 Creates Unprecedented Disruption

The final stretch of the legislative session starts today, and it will be like no other ever experienced. COVID-19 has disrupted everything and the...

Twenty Minutes at Two: A Capitol Experiment

Remember back in December, when I wrote that life in the capitol was stressful and recommended meditation as a tool? Never could I have...

Struggling Businesses Face Billions in Increased Taxes

2020’s recipe has proven to be equal parts unpredictable and incalculable with a heaping helping of calamity and lest we forget the generous scoop...

2020 Budget Depends on Borrowing, New Taxes and Congress

The new state budget went into effect on time last week, after Governor Newsom signed 20 bills enacting hundreds of pages of new legislation...
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CPRA: If You Buy an Elephant, You’ll Also Have to Feed It

Imagine if COVID-19 never happened and I asked you whether California could afford a new multimillion dollar enforcement agency, would you agree? Now imagine...

Key to Re-Opening Economy – Liability Protection

As businesses throughout the state start to re-open, there is a looming question as to whether it is safe. Consumers want to resume a...

The Private Sector Cannot be California’s Safety Net

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

Lighting Regulation for Outdoor Agriculture Coming Into Effect in July

California businesses are struggling to adapt their markets and workplaces to a post-pandemic world. Like other state regulators, Cal/OSHA is still working on business...

Water Supply Conditions

It looks like California is headed for a long dry summer. It’s not unusual for temperatures to reach 110 degrees during the summer months...

Burdens Created by New Leaves of Absence

Even in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and a historic economic shock, the Legislature is considering legislation to increase the cost on employers...

Over 100 Environmental Groups, CalEPA, and Industry Ask Agencies to Postpone or Substantially Extend...

A collection of industry and environmental organizations are urging federal and California agencies to extend or postpone public comment deadlines on a variety of...

Property Tax Relief, Workers’ Comp Presumptions, and Budget Deficits, Oh My!

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far away, Major League Baseball was preparing for opening day, school children shuttled off to classrooms...

Workers’ Compensation Benefits Extended for COVID-19

Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-62-20 extending workers’ compensation benefits to employees who contract COVID-19 while working outside of their homes during...

Benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Available to Employees Who Have Symptoms or...

As a part of his roadmap to reopening the economy, California Governor Newsom recently raised the issue of a wage replacement mandate on businesses...