720 N Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
MARCH 28, 2018

Like most of you, I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on a hit T.V. drama. The likely hood of either of these occurring is VERY low. However, again like most of you, I put on my critical thinking hat as I read through the latest rulings regarding employment law.

Since the state of California has created labor laws beyond the standards of the Federal Law, the CA Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) uses the Enforcement Policies and Interpretations Manual to regulate employment law.

Here lies the problem.

"In its analysis, (Alvarado v. Dart Container Coporation) the Supreme Court also provided lengthy discussion on whether the DLSE’s manual was binding authority on the courts. The Supreme Court concluded that the DLSE Enforcement Manual is a void underground regulation and not entitled to any deference. However, the Supreme Court held that it still could consider the DLSE’s interpretation if the court was independently persuaded that the interpretation was ultimately correct."

Which simply means that the labor law standards are subject to interpretation.

In an earlier case (The Tidewater Marine Western Inc. v. Bradshaw) the court determined that the DLSE manual is simply “one among several tools available to the court,” stating that “depending on the context, it may be helpful, enlightening, even convincing,” or “it may sometimes be of little worth.”

What does this mean for your business?

Clarity in the law would be nice. Unfortunately, that is not what we got. Instead, this latest case demonstrates that the court has the final say and interpreting power. History will show that the court favors the plaintiff in labor law disputes.

A word of advice. If in doubt, seek legal council.

Unfortunately, since the law is open to interpretation, an employer's good intentions can be taken to task. Engaging the knowledge and expertise of a business law firm can be the best insurance policy available.


Rorie Johnston

Member Appreciation Drive
The Chamber Ambassadors are launching a Member Appreciation Drive with the first campaign beginning
in May.

You can be a part of the special hand-delivered gift to the first 144 members, for only $144 and 144 pieces of your collateral material.

Only 4 partner spots left!

  • Payment due by 4/3, Collateral by 4/15/2018
  • Distribution list will be provided to the partners.
  • Proceeds support the Miss Escondido Pageant.
Nominate a deserving person/business/organization for the Chamber Annual Installation and Awards Dinner
Save the date, June 15, for the Escondido Chamber Annual Installation and Awards Dinner.

Nominations are being accepted for
  • Family Owned Business of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Community Organization of the Year
  • Community Enhancement

Go to Information and Nomination . Nominations are due by April 12.
"Passing the Torch"
June 15, 2018
5:30 to 9:30
The Museum at
California Center for the Arts, Escondido

April 3, 2018 | 11:30AM - 1PM
Escondido Chamber of C0mmerce

April 3, 2018 | 4PM - 5PM
Speaker: Ernest Dronenburg
Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk @ SD County
Topic: Savings Under Prop 13
Escondido Chamber of C0mmerce

April 9, 2018 | 12PM - 1PM
Escondido Chamber of Commerce

Speaker: Greg Waite
Project Manager, Integral Communities
Topic: Developing the former Police Station and former Palomar Hospital
April 12, 2018 | 12PM - 1PM

April 18, 2018 | 11:30AM - 1PM

April 18, 2018 | 11:30AM - 1PM

April 27, 2018 | 7:30AM - 9AM
Speaker: Judy Fitzgerald
Topic: Is Work-Life Balance Possible?
When: Mon Apr 9, 2018 9am – 9:30am
Where: Escondido Chamber of Commerce, 720 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025, USA
When: Tue May 1, 2018 12:30pm – 1pm
Where: Cypress Court, 1255 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92026, USA
Non-Profit Merger will benefit the community
San Diego Habitat for Humanity and local nonprofit Sustainable Surplus Exchange are pleased to announce a merger of their business operations, effective March 5, 2018.

The Sustainable Surplus programs will become an initiative of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, in support of Habitat’s mission of building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter, and as an effort to continue the Sustainable Surplus model of reducing corporate waste.
Empower Employees to Help Save Energy

Buildings don’t use energy – people do. Your employees affect a building’s energy performance. Many people already save energy at home. Show them the connections between those good behaviors and what they can do at work. It’s the little things that, when added together, can make a big difference.

High utility costs can be a result of paying for energy that is wasted by lights, equipment, and HVAC systems that are left on for long periods while not in use. According to Energy Star, office buildings waste up to one-third of the energy they consume. Your business can use less energy and lower its costs if you:

Educate your employees to turn off lights and equipment when not in use and enable the power management features on computer equipment.

Work with your facility management team to make sure systems are operating properly and then consider upgrades to enhance energy-efficiency.

Consider installing occupancy sensors in conference rooms, store rooms, or other areas not continuously occupied.

Schedule an energy audit for your facility. An audit can help identify problems, like heat loss, and give you a plan of action for making energy-efficient upgrades. Learn more at sdge.com/BES .

Read the EPA’s Building Upgrade Manual to help you plan and implement building improvements. And Energy Star provides a guidebook with ideas to help increase energy efficiency in your facility. Download the action workbook here .

Learn more on how your business can save energy by visiting sdge.com/busin ess .