It’s a crazy world we live in! Most of our lives leave digital footprints everywhere we go. With massive data breaches (Equifax) being more common than not, how can we protect our identity and the identities of our customers?
We’re going to find out at the December 14 Knowledge & Networking lunch where Identity Theft expert, Maureen Rodriguez, will address this important topic.
Maureen E. Rodriguez is a Deputy City Attorney assigned to the criminal branch of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office since 1998. She has specialized in prosecuting Identity Theft and Fraud cases since 2005. In addition to trial work, she has provided training for law enforcement and prosecutors throughout California and in Nevada, Florida, Arizona, and Washington. She has developed training programs that have been presented for prosecutors in the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA), and for law enforcement through Police Officer Standards and Training (POST), LAPD and CHP training sessions.
Maureen presents Identity Theft Awareness programs to community groups throughout the San Fernando Valley. DCA Rodriguez has contributed to television research documentaries on fraud issues. Additionally, she has authored articles that have been published in CDAA’s quarterly journal, “Prosecutor’s Brief”, and in the “REOMAC National Training Magazine” (Real Estate Owned Managers Association).
Prior to employment with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Ms. Rodriguez obtained law enforcement experience with El Dorado Sheriff’s Department where she was assigned as a Patrol Sergeant. She gained financial fraud investigation experience while serving as a Vice President at BankAmerica Corporate Security.
The December 14 Knowledge & Networking Lunch will be held at the Residence Inn at River Ridge, 2101 W. Vineyard Avenue. The event begins and noon and will conclude by 1:30. Advance reservations are required and can be made via the Chamber’s website (www.oxnardchamber.org) or by calling the office at 805-983-6118. Members’ reservations are discounted if made by Monday, December 11.
Allan Zaremberg, the President and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce will be speaking in Oxnard on December 1. He'll be addressing the Annual Meeting of the Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties.
Mr. Zaremberg will be joined at the podium by Fred Main of ClearAdvocacy, LLC. Fred is the Alliance's lobbyist in Sacramento.
The Alliance is a collaboration of local chambers of commerce whose mission is to build consensus to advocate for public policies that will improve the region’s business climate. Geographically, the Alliance membership stretches from Thousand Oaks/Westlake through Santa Barbara.
The Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, December 1, from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Tower Club. Click here for details and to register.
Over the next couple of months the Oxnard Chamber will be running a series of articles about changes in employment laws for 2018. Since California has a fulltime legislature which introduces thousands of bills every year, there is certainly no shortage of new laws that all employers must comply with. Today we will look at hiring practices.
Employers will need to update their employment application questions. One of the most significant changes for 2018 came into existence via AB 168. The legislation bans employers from asking about a job applicant's salary history, including information on compensation and benefits. Employers are also banned from seeking the information through an agent, such a third-party recruiter.
This new law also prohibits employers from relying on salary history information as a factor in determining whether to hire the applicant or how much to pay the applicant. However, an employer may consider salary information that is voluntarily disclosed by the applicant without any prompting. AB 168 further requires an employer to provide a job applicant, upon reasonable request, with the pay scale for the position.
AB 1008 is “ban-the-box” legislation that prohibits employers with five or more employees from asking about criminal history information on job applications and from inquiring about or considering criminal history at any time before a conditional offer of employment has been made. There are limited exemptions for certain positions, such as those where a criminal background check is required by federal, state or local law.
Once an employer has made a conditional offer of employment, it may seek certain criminal history information; however, some criminal history information, such as sealed or expunged convictions and juvenile crimes, is still off limits.
If an employer intends not to hire the applicant because of a prior conviction, the employer must first conduct an individualized assessment to determine whether the conviction has a direct and adverse relationship with specific job duties that justifies denying employment. The employer must consider specified factors in making this assessment.
Any preliminary decision not to hire because of a conviction history requires written notice to the applicant, who must be given the opportunity to respond. A specific timeline and process must be followed. The employer must consider any information provided by the applicant before making a final decision.
If the employer makes a final decision to deny employment in whole or in part because of the criminal conviction, written notice to the applicant is again required. Specific information must be included in the final determination notice.
Take note that the Department of Fair Employment and Housing passed criminal history regulations earlier this year. To the extent that this new law conflicts with those earlier regulations, the new law takes precedence.
In addition to AB 1008, Governor Brown signed a number of criminal justice reform laws, including SB 393, which authorizes record sealing and removes barriers to employment for those arrested but never convicted of a crime.
The Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450) — part of a package of bills the governor signed to create a “sanctuary state” — provides workers with protection from immigration enforcement while on the job.
AB 450 prohibits employers from:
An employer that provides access in violation of AB 450 can be fined anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 for a first violation and $5,000 to $10,000 for each subsequent violation.
Regarding Form I-9 inspections, AB 450 requires employers to:
An employer that fails to follow these notice requirements can be fined between $2,000 to $5,000 for a first violation and $5,000 to $10,000 for each subsequent violation.
This bill also makes it unlawful for employers to re-verify the employment eligibility of current employees in a time or manner not allowed by federal employment eligibility verification laws. Federal law already prohibits unlawful re-verification practices, such as re-verification of unexpired documentation. However, this bill adds an additional state civil penalty of up to $10,000.
Finally, AB 1221 requires bartenders and other alcohol servers to receive mandatory training on alcohol responsibility and to obtain an alcohol server certification. Businesses with a license to serve alcohol must ensure that each alcohol server they hire or employ has the certification. The training will include such topics as how alcohol impacts the body, drunk driving laws and how to prevent service to intoxicated patrons. These requirements go into effect in 2021, after the course is developed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. (Note: The city of Oxnard already has a Responsible Beverage Server program and certification.)
As always, employers with questions about new and existing employment laws should seek the advice of legal counsel. The Oxnard Chamber strives to keep its members informed about new laws that could affect their business operations.
We all need it. Many provide it for their employees, if that is still a viable option. But, healthcare costs are out of control.
What is the future of healthcare – how will it be delivered and how will we pay for it? Will we be facing Medicare for all? Can California implement a "single-payer" system and figure out how to pay for it? What will happen to government entities who are currently strapped with funding healthcare benefits for retirees? Will the Trump administration be able to repeal the Affordable Care Act?
These questions and more will be addressed at the Oxnard Business Outlook on November 9. Healthcare costs have an impact on every single Chamber member – business or individual. The more prepared we are for our options, the better we can advocate for reasonable outcomes.
Our keynote speaker for the Oxnard Business Outlook 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.
Mr. Kaye has devoted his career to developing, analyzing and implementing public policy issues in California, with a special emphasis on improving the state’s business and economic climate. Mr. Kaye was also a gubernatorial appointee to the state’s Little Hoover Commission, charged with evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of state agencies and programs.
In addition to Loren Kaye's address, he will moderate a panel of experts in healthcare:
The Oxnard Business Outlook will be held at the Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive, 22nd Floor in Oxnard. The event will run from 11:30 to 1:30.
We would like to sincerely thank our Title Sponsor, Umpqua Bank for their ongoing support of the Oxnard Business Outlook.
Additional sponsors committed to date are:
Lead Sponsors: St. John's Regional Medical Centers/Dignity Health, UCLA Health, Port of Hueneme, and Western States Petroleum Association
Supporting Sponsors: DCH Auto Group, SoCalGas, and Ventura County Credit Union
Sponsor and individual reservations can be made via the Chamber's website (www.OxnardChamber.org) or by calling the office at 805-983-6118.
Hurry! Reservations are due by Friday, November 3.
Changes to employment law require new posters at each place of business STATEWIDE - order your posters today to avoid fines
The Oxnard Chamber is making it easy for businesses to comply with California’s labor laws. No matter how many employees you have in California, your business is required by law to post a current California and Federal Employment Poster centrally in every place of business. Severe fines and penalties will be assessed if a business doesn’t display a current poster.
In partnership with the CalChamber, the Oxnard Chamber is currently taking pre-orders for the updated 2018 California and Federal Employment Poster. CalChamber is a trusted source for California and federal compliance products, with more than 125 years of experience helping California business do business.
The 2018 all-in-one poster includes mandatory updates to the Cal/OSHA notice for January 1, 2018, plus recommended updates to the USERRA notice and the CFRA notice. Reminder: The first scheduled minimum wage increase (to $10.50/hour) takes effect for employers with 25 or less employees; second increase (to $11.00/hour) takes effect for employers with 26 or more employees.
The all-in-one posting is available laminated or non-laminated and in your choice of English or Spanish. Posters must be displayed in a conspicuous place accessible to all employees. Employers must also display posters in each company location.
Orders placed by December 15 will be available for pick up at the Chamber around January 1. Orders placed after mid-December may take two weeks to process depending on current inventory. Please call the Oxnard Chamber at 805-983-6118 or download the order form via our website www.oxnardchamber.org .
Other labor law compliance resource materials are available as well. Need a supply of the required pamphlets and notices for new hires? We can provide those. A list of all products and pricing (discounts for members) is listed on the order form available on the Chamber's website.