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US GDP Suffers Record Collapse, Jobless Claims Point to Stalling Recovery

US GDP Suffers Record Collapse, Jobless Claims Point to Stalling Recovery

BY TOM OZIMEK The U.S. economy suffered a historic collapse in the second quarter of this year, with Commerce Department figures showing gross domestic product (GDP) plummeting by 32.9 percent in annualized terms as business activity ground to a halt due to the pandemic. CJ Editor’s note: GDP swings are typically reported at an annual rate […]

Small Businesses Picking Up the Pieces as Lockdowns Ease

Small Businesses Picking Up the Pieces as Lockdowns Ease

BY CHARLOTTE CUTHBERTSON Although grateful for any business right now, small businesses have a long road ahead to recoup losses What began as a two-week closure for many small businesses in March has turned into permanent shutter for some, while others are barely squeaking by with no end in sight. Coffee shop owner Christie Bruffy closed […]

California State Contract Violates New Gig Worker Law, Lawyer Says

California State Contract Violates New Gig Worker Law, Lawyer Says

BY JAMIE JOSEPH California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) has hired outside independent contractors to help process unemployment claims, a lawyer says—thus breaking the state’s own AB 5 law requiring them to be classified as employees. Los Angeles-based attorney Michael Alfera told The Epoch Times that the contractors are being funneled through consulting company Deloitte, then subcontracted to Tyme […]

Jobs Recovery Stalls in States Experiencing COVID-19 Surge: Report

Jobs Recovery Stalls in States Experiencing COVID-19 Surge: Report

BY TOM OZIMEK Small-business hiring has slowed in states experiencing a COVID-19 resurgence, according to high-frequency labor market data from a recent report by scheduling firm Homebase. The report found that after more than two months of steady labor market recovery across all states following a sharp plunge in April amid lockdowns, some states are showing a split. Those that […]

GOP Seeks to Protect Businesses From COVID-Related Lawsuits

GOP Seeks to Protect Businesses From COVID-Related Lawsuits

BY EMEL AKAN WASHINGTON—Lawmakers have less than two weeks to reach a deal on the next stimulus package but the two sides remain far apart on several issues, including providing a liability shield for businesses. Companies demand protections against coronavirus-related lawsuits, as they worry about being sued if an employee or customer contracts the virus. Without such protection, Republicans fear many […]

National Association of Women Business Owners Ventura County installs 2020-2021 Board

National Association of Women Business Owners Ventura County installs 2020-2021 Board

NAWBO CA President Vikita Poindexter inducts Kamie Abraham as President Ventura County, CA — The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO VC) installed its new Board of Directors on July 14, 2020 in a first-ever virtual installation and celebration sponsored by Chase Bank. Attended by over 45 guests, Vikita […]

SoCal Salon Owners Say They May Not Recover From New Closures

SoCal Salon Owners Say They May Not Recover From New Closures

BY JAMIE JOSEPH IRVINE, Calif.—Salon owners across Southern California are worried that new mandatory closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic may bankrupt their businesses. Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a vast statewide closure of indoor activities on July 13, including bars, movie theaters, and restaurants. He also mandated the closure of fitness centers, places of worship, and hair salons […]

California Coronavirus Update: Governor Gavin Newsom Relaxes Some Workplace Guidelines, Announces New Testing Method

California Coronavirus Update: Governor Gavin Newsom Relaxes Some Workplace Guidelines, Announces New Testing Method

By Tom Tapp California Governor Gavin Newsom said at his Monday press conference that the state was adjusting some of the workplace closure guidelines it issued last week, specifically those around hair salons and barbershops and the “personal care services industry.” The governor said he had wanted to make the changes earlier, but that it “turned out that was […]

Thoughtful Donation Goes a Long Way to Support Women of Substance and Men of Honor

Thoughtful Donation Goes a Long Way to Support Women of Substance and Men of Honor

Local PODS Moving & Storage celebrates 15th anniversary with community donations For the month of July, local organization Women of Substance & Men of Honor (WOSMOH) is the well-deserved recipient of a $1500 donation from Local PODS Moving and Storage. All year long, Local PODS is donating to a charity in the community in honor of their […]

Free LightGabler Employment Law Webinar: “33 Non-COVID Leave of Absence Scenarios and How to Handle Them

Free LightGabler Employment Law Webinar: “33 Non-COVID Leave of Absence Scenarios and How to Handle Them

Camarillo, Calif.–Employment law firm LightGabler is presenting a free webinar, “33 Non-COVID Leave of Absence Scenarios and How to Handle Them.” The webinar will be held Tuesday, July 28. In this informative seminar for employers, supervisors and human resource professionals, employment law attorney Jonathan Fraser Light will discuss 33 examples of employee leaves of absence, […]