Topic: Regulation
Jan. 10, 2018

The California Business and Industrial Alliance (CABIA) was formed last year after the company I work for was assaulted with a wage and hour PAGA Lawsuit. This cost us over a million dollars and will take us years to recover. Late lunches and misclassified safety incentives were the violations we committed. Our flexible schedule and rewarding employees for safe behavior is a something you should not do in California. If an employee wants to come in early so he can go see his child at a school event we can no longer accommodate such a request. We do not have the staff to keep track of employees punching in and out at different times, and employees are not interested in eating lunch by themselves or at odd times due to the 5 hour requirement. This lawsuit took a perfectly happy “Family Atmosphere” and destroyed it; congratulations lawmakers and your over complicated Labor Law Digest in excess of 1,000 pages.

Jan. 8, 2018

Rendon shelved the bill last year, after it passed the Senate, calling it “woefully incomplete,” because it does not specify how the state would would seek federal approval, bypass constitutional spending limits and cover as much as a $400 billion cost.

Six months later, the speaker says the status of Senate Bill 562 remains the same.

Jan. 5, 2018

Global sales of passenger cars and trucks likely surpassed 90 million for the first time in 2017, the latest indicator that demand for conventional automobiles remains strong even as driverless cars and ride sharing get increasing attention.

. . .Global demand remains robust, however, with 2017’s relatively modest 2.7% growth estimate far outpacing population growth.

Jan. 4, 2018

The Trump administration wants to open up nearly all the country’s offshore areas for oil drilling, leasing areas off places like Florida and California for the first time in decades, and reversing an Obama-era policy.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Thursday that his department is planning the largest number of oil-lease sales in U.S. history starting next year. It would open up 90% of offshore land for drilling as part of a five-year plan. It reverses an Obama-era plan that would have kept only 6% of the same acres available for drilling.

Jan. 3, 2018

Even though online food retailing has failed repeatedly, losing several billion dollars of venture capital, a second-generation revolution in underway in online food retailing. This revolution promises even more technology, more online shopping, and new, hybrid models of food retailing. This revolution, unlike the first one spearheaded by new entrants, is being led by existing industry leaders. For this reason, plus what has been learned from the many failures so far, this second-generation revolution is likely to succeed.

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