Our partner SCE is offering a new Direct Install program. If the customer qualifies and if the vendor is in the area, they may be able to change out lighting to LED for free. There is no guarantee, but it is still a good program if it could be achieved. From what we understand, the vendor likes office buildings with low ceilings, and they would need to be small business customers. If you are interested, see the attached pdf and contact Joyce Lui from SCE. Her contact information is:
Account Manager, Business Customer Division
Did you know our partner Small Business Development Center has great sessions for small businesses. Most are free or low cost. Make sure and take advantage of them to make yourself as successful as possible.
Just got the new California Employment Report for December from the Center for Jobs and Economy. EDD reported that CA's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went up to 4.2% while US was 3.9%. CA ranked second just behind Texas.
As employers, were you able to contribute to these stats by hiring in December? If so, we'd like you to let everyone know that you were an instrumental part of these stats. Just drop a comment below and let us all celebrate with you!
The Employment Development Department (EDD) is having a no-cost seminar for employees or independent contractor on January 16th. Make sure to register with EDD (www.edd.ca.gov/payroll_tax_seminars) or click the link below.
The draft Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the proposed amendments to Rule 1403 - Asbestos Emissions from Demolition/Renovation Activities are now available on the SCAQMD website. They can be viewed by clicking here. The SCAQMD staff will be holding a sixth Working Group Meeting to discuss proposed amendments to Rule 1403 in early January 2019. The final date and time for the sixth Working Group Meeting will be provided in a forthcoming notice.
If you have any questions, please contact Don Hopps at firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 396-2334.
See the attached SoCalGas Community e-Newsletter. It is a quick read about what is going on at the Gas Company. Some great tips on safety too!
There are many things that employers have to keep up to date on. Two of the important (and timely) ones are sexual harassment and the I-9/E-Verify. The San Gabriel Valley Employer Advisory Council has a training to address those very issues. Please see the file for more information on upcoming this training.
The Chamber has been very busy with different legislation that has been introduced in the last few months that is targeting the ban of natural gas for all development by the year 2030 - for both new AND existing construction - for both commercial AND non-commercial (residential). In a nutshell, NO MORE NATURAL GAS FOR ANYONE IN CALIFORNIA.
We, and many other chambers, have taken a very strong position against these measures and several have been pulled, but this one still is going forward, even while they continue to change its language.
The original hearing date was April 18th, however, this has been postponed to April 25th. Our position has not changed. (Our letter of opposition is attached to this post.) It does not make sense to deny businesses AND residents the ability to use a natural resource that the rest of the country has access to. This will effectively stop the growth of commerce in California and put people out of business.
We encourage you to review the facts for yourself, however time is of the essence (http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB3232). They need to hear from you immediately!