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OUT & ABOUT WITH DONNA
And the winners are: Donna Duperron and Colonel Tom Rock (center) are pictured with the winners of this year’s Range and Network Division bake-off and side dish competition. Captain Ivonne Charbonneau (far left) was recognized for her homemade apple pie and Captain Ryan Trudelle was acknowledged for his Christmas dip.
Thankful for Our Armed Services
This past Tuesday, I had the incredible opportunity to share a Thanksgiving meal at Los Angeles Air Force Base (LA AFB). As part of the Space and Missile Systems Center, LA AFB, Honorary Commander Program, I was partnered with Colonel Thomas Rock, Jr. in March of 2016.

The purpose of the Honorary Commander’s program is to identify common areas of interest between the civilian and military communities, assist in promoting community understanding, support the LA AFB mission and to host social events and sponsor entertainment that enhance the morale, camaraderie and esprit de corps of LA AFB personnel and their families. Read More...
NEWS
Chamber Announces Labor Law Update Event; Also Offers CA & Federal Employment Posters and Compliance Products for Pre-Order
With 2018 around the corner, and a host of new employment laws taking effect January 1st, it's important to remember that noncompliance with labor laws can cost you and your business a fortune.

A violation of state and federal law can lead to employee lawsuits and have a devastating effect on your company's finances and future. The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer you the tools and information needed to remain compliant in the new year.

CA & Federal employment posters and compliance pamphlet kits are now available for pre-order. When you purchase your compliance products through the TACC, you also receive $10 off your admission to the 2018 Labor Law Update event on December 1st.
CalChamber Releases List of New Employment Laws Affecting Businesses in 2018
The California Chamber of Commerce has released the list of new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2018 and beyond that will affect California employers’ daily operations and policies. Some new laws made significant changes while others made small changes to existing law. CalChamber’s new white paper, which summarizes the new laws’ effects on California employers, can be read via the linked button below.

The white paper explains new laws relating to:
  • Leaves of absence;
  • Hiring practices and enforcement;
  • Discrimination, harassment and retaliation protections;
  • Wage-and-hour; and
  • Workplace safety and workers’ compensation.

Some of the noteworthy new legislation includes:
  • The New Parent Leave Act, which requires small businesses with as few as 20 employees to provide up to 12 workweeks of unpaid, job-protected parental leave for baby bonding;
  • Ban-the-box legislation that restricts employers with five or more employees from asking about criminal history on job applications;
  • A new law that bans all employers from asking job applicants about their prior salary history;
  • The Immigrant Worker Protection Act, which shields workers from immigration enforcement while on the job; and
  • A new law that expands mandatory sexual harassment prevention training.
Busy Year for Employers Produces Wins for Future
The 2017 legislative year was a busy one for the California Chamber of Commerce and other employer advocates.

Nevertheless, CalChamber policy advocates, together with members, allied associations and local chambers of commerce, stopped many harmful proposals, won amendments to remove damaging provisions in other proposals, and helped pass bills to invest in the state’s future.

In 2017, the CalChamber tracked 214 California bills, stopping 91 (including 25 job killers), securing amendments to 31 (16 of which were signed into law) and backing 16 bills that were signed into law. Read More...
IRS: Plan Now to Use Health Flexible Spending Arrangements in 2018
The Internal Revenue Service is reminding eligible employees that now is the time to begin planning to take full advantage of their employer’s health flexible spending arrangement (FSA) during 2018.

FSAs provide employees a way to use tax-free dollars to pay medical expenses not covered by other health plans. Because eligible employees need to decide how much to contribute through payroll deductions before the plan year begins, many employers this fall are offering their employees the option to participate during the 2018 plan year.

Interested employees wishing to contribute during the new year must make this choice again for 2018, even if they contributed in 2017. Self-employed individuals are not eligible.
Leadership Torrance Class of 2018 Applications Being Accepted
Are you, or do you have an employee that is an emerging leader that is looking to develop their leadership skills? If yes, then click on the link below to learn about Leadership Torrance.

Leadership Torrance is a professional development program designed to help current and future leaders in business and other community organizations develop their leadership skills, community knowledge, and professional networks. Through the program, participants will learn and refine their leadership styles, meet and make connections with leaders in the community, and discover opportunities for community engagement and involvement.
EVENTS
Breakfast with South Bay's Health Care Leaders
A panel discussion about affordability, accessibility and quality of health care

Wednesday, Dec. 6th @ The DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance
7:30am | Registration
8:00am | Program & Breakfast

Featuring: Mary Kingston, Chief Executive, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers, San Pedro & Torrance; Craig Leach, President & CEO, Torrance Memorial Medical Center; Santiago Munoz, Chief Strategy Officer, UCLA Health; Lesley Wille, Senior Vice President, Kaiser Permanente; and Mark Wilbur, President & CEO, Employers Group

TACC Members | $35
Non-Members | $50

Torrance Small Business Week 2017

Saturday, Nov. 25th through Saturday, Dec. 2nd

A record number of Torrance area chamber-member businesses will be offering exclusive discounts and savings when you mention "Torrance Small Business Week" to their staff from Nov. 25th through Dec. 2nd. Discounts range from 10% off your entire purchase to complimentary services for new customers.
Women in Business Committee Meeting
"Cheers & Challenges: Celebrating our 2017 victories & addressing our most pressing issues for 2018."

Friday, Nov. 17th | 8:00am-9:30am

The mission of the TACC Women in Business committee is to support the role of women in today's workforce. To provide women in business with a forum to engage with other members and build partnerships that will increase business potential as well as lasting friendships.

Technology & Innovations Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 28th | 8:00am-9:30am

Follow the Flow of Innovation! Join us for this month’s Technology and Innovation meeting where you will get the latest updates on all things tech, from the newest apps to cyber security alerts, all in an effort to help your business grow.

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