Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation on October 12 mandating that small businesses provide a new protected leave of absence.
SB 63 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) was identified by the California Chamber of Commerce as a job killer.
Also signed today was AB 168 (Eggman; D-Stockton), which bans employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s salary history.
Both bills take effect on January 1, 2018.
SB 63 will require employers to provide 12 weeks of baby bonding leave to employees in addition to the myriad of other leaves of absence programs California already imposes. This bill affects small employers with as few as 20 employees and applies to those employees who:
Combined with other protected leaves, the bill could result in small employers having to provide up to seven months of protected leave for the same employee. This bill will have the greatest impact on employers with 20 to 49 employees who are not already required to provide family leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act or the state California Family Rights Act.
The bill also prohibits an employer from refusing to maintain and pay for coverage under a group health plan for an employee who takes this leave.
In addition, the bill carries the threat of litigation for employers. SB 63 labels an employer’s failure to provide a requested leave as an “unlawful employment practice.” The employer is subject to a lawsuit should the employee allege that his or her employer:
• Did not provide the 12 weeks of protected leave;
• Failed to return the employee to the same or comparable position;
• Failed to maintain benefits while the employee was out on leave; or
• Took any adverse employment action against the employee for taking the leave.
In addition, SB 63 will require the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, upon receiving funding from the Legislature, to create a parental leave mediation pilot program. Under the pilot program, within 60 days of receipt of a right-to-sue notice, an employer may request all parties to participate in the department’s Mediation Division Program. If the employer makes such a request, the bill would prohibit an employee from pursuing any civil action under these provisions until the mediation is complete, which would include an employee’s election not to participate in mediation. The bill would provide that the employee’s statute of limitations would be tolled during the course of the mediation, as specified. The pilot program will end on January 1, 2020.
Under AB 168 employers are banned from asking about a job applicant’s salary history and from relying on salary history information as a factor in determining what salary to offer an applicant. An employer could be penalized for failing to provide a pay scale for the position upon demand.
Any violation of the provisions in AB 168 carries a huge threat of costly litigation under the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).
CalChamber will provide information, including a November webinar, to members about how to ensure compliance with these new laws and develop appropriate policies for their businesses.
Centerpoint Mall To Open New Free Indoor Playground, Joins Lazer Broadcasting to Raise Funds For Children's Hospital
Oxnard Chamber of Commerce to lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony
while students from area schools to enjoy the new indoor playground
OXNARD, Calif., (October 17, 2017) --- Centerpoint Mall is set to open its new PlayTime Free Indoor Playground on Friday, October 27 at 11 a.m. To celebrate the opening, Centerpoint Mall is hosting Lazer Broadcasting for its 10th Annual live broadcast to raise funds for Children's Miracle Network from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Centerpoint Mall is located at 2655 Saviers Rd.
Joining Centerpoint Mall officials will be Nancy Lindholm, president and CEO of the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, to lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Also scheduled to attend are Tim Flynn, Mayor of Oxnard; Bryan McDonald, City Councilmember of Oxnard; Alyce Bosacki, Associate Executive Director at the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau; Scott Whitney, Chief of Police of Oxnard; and Andrew Salinas, Chief of Police of Port Hueneme. Representatives are also scheduled to attend from the offices of Julia Brownley, United States Congress Member, District 26; Jacqui Irwin, California State Assembly Member, District 44; and John Zaragoza, Ventura County Supervisor.
“We are grateful for the support in the Oxnard community for the opening of our new indoor playground at Centerpoint Mall,” said Tony Shooshani, managing member of Shooshani Developers and owners of Centerpoint Mall. “As the retail environment continues to change, it’s important that we still maintain a connection with our core customers and the surrounding community. We feel with the opening of the new free indoor playground we can provide a safe place where kids can play and families to shop all in the center of Oxnard.”
The nearly 1,000-square-feet PlayTime Indoor Playground features a highly colorful floor design with a jungle themed pattern and river-print running through it. The area is dotted with butterflies, ladybugs, dragonflies, and colorful flowers, along with rock designs and shorelines. The PlayTime Indoor playground structure is strategically positioned in the center of the mall with a parameter of play panels measuring 40 feet long and 24 1/2 feet wide.
A whimsical Monkey anchors the entrance to the playground and is the Welcome Greeter and Keeper of the Rules and Regulations. The monkey measures 5 feet long by 1 foot wide by 5 feet tall. Eight fun-filled protruding animals and obstacles are strategically positioned in the free indoor playground including:
- Dueling Elephants tunnel that functions as a climber and are 11 feet long by 3 feet wide by 3 feet tall.
- Jeep on Dirt tunnel that functions as a climber with seats and is 6 feet long by 4 feet wide by 2 1/2 feet tall.
- Giraffe tunnel that functions as a climber and is 5 feet long by 2 feet wide by 2 feet tall.
- Gorilla Over Log Crawl tunnel that functions as a climber and is 4 feet long by 4 feet wide by 3 1/2 feet tall.
- Rock Waterfall tunnel that functions as a ramp and climber and is 6 1/2 feet long by 5 1/4 feet wide by 3 feet tall.
- Swimming Gator that functions as a climber with its head size 2 feet long by 1 foot wide by 1/2 foot tall and its body size is 2 feet long by 1/2 foot wide by 1/2 foot tall.
- Beetle that functions as a climber and is 2 feet long by 2 feet wide by 1 foot tall.
- Monarch Butterfly that functions as a climber and is 3 feet long by 2 feet wide by 1 foot tall.
“We’re very pleased with the design of the PlayTime playground. The kids will enjoy themselves while the parents will have an opportunity to rest and enjoy a refreshing drink or delicious meal at the nearby restaurants,” added Shooshani.
For a complete list of the 49 retail stores, specialty shops and dining outlets at Centerpoint Mall, please visit Facebook: facebook.com/centerpoint.
About Centerpoint Mall
Centerpoint Mall is a 383,000-square-foot vibrant, mixed-use shopping center with a variety of national and local retail stores located in the center of Oxnard, California. Centerpoint Mall is the City Center of regional enclosed shopping. The broad mix of tenants consistently serves the needs of the surrounding community featuring tenants of various sizes with creative, unique, and moderately priced goods. Centerpoint Mall provides free parking in its parking lots throughout the area. For additional information, please call 805-487-1142, or Like at Facebook: facebook.com/centerpoint.
The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce supports comprehensive immigration reform that will contribute to the safety of all Americans while supporting the U.S. economy.
The federal government must allocate adequate resources to employ both technology and enforcement to secure our borders. Border security policy needs to include cooperative efforts with neighboring countries. Such efforts must incorporate data on international criminal and terrorist information. Additionally, a comprehensive approach should include support for economic development and security in countries of origin for illegal immigrants.
Undocumented Immigrants currently in the U.S.
The estimated 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the United States are contributing to our economy. The federal government needs to establish an earned pathway to legal status program for these workers that include:
Deferred Action Programs
In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, legislative action should be passed as soon as possible to shield individuals covered under the DACA program from deportation action and provide a pathway for legalization of their status in the United States.
Guest Worker Program
The federal government should continue and expand the current guest worker programs to assure employers are able to fill jobs due to a lack domestic workers. Guest worker programs are also critical in some high tech sectors where sufficient qualified U.S. citizens are not able to qualify for many jobs. Guest worker programs should have clear requirements and streamlined processes for employers to be certified to participate in the program. Additionally, these programs should provide sufficient protections for certified employers / employees to allow for the employees to return to their country of origin and return to meet the needs of the industry where they are working.
Approved by the Oxnard Chamber Board of Directors on September 28, 2017
The Oxnard Chamber drafted an Immigration Reform position in 2007. We sent it to then Congresswoman Lois Capps every time the topic came up in Washington, DC. Unfortunately the issue was placed on hold numerous times because other, more pressing matters surfaced. In addition, the topic was never broached during election years, which is every other year for Congress.
Obviously a lot has changed in our political climate recently, so the Chamber's Business Advocacy Committee dusted off the 10-year old policy to update it. We sought and received input from agriculture, hospitality, and construction industry experts. We also weighed the impact on our economy and families with legal status issues.
The revised Immigration Reform position for 2017 was adopted by the Chamber's Board of Directors on September 28. It contains four components:
Click here to read the complete, but brief, policy.
We certainly hope our elected officials will consider all the impacts revising policy and enforcement efforts may have.
The Oxnard Business Outlook is an annual program of the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce. Each year we look at a different segment of the economy that is integral to our business community. In the past couple of years we have focused on agriculture and tourism. In 2017 we are taking a look into the future of healthcare – how will it be delivered and how will we pay for it?
Our keynote speaker for the November 9 lunch event is Loren Kaye. Mr. Kaye is the president of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education. The Foundation is affiliated with the California Chamber of Commerce and serves as a “think tank” for the California business community. The Foundation is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the California business climate and private enterprise through accurate, impartial and objective research and analysis of public policy issues of interest to the California business and public policy communities.
In addition to his keynote address, Mr. Kaye will moderate a panel of experts on healthcare:
We would like to sincerely thank our Title Sponsor, Umpqua Bank for their ongoing support of the Oxnard Business Outlook.