Giving workers and employers flexibility makes sense for families

By Senator: Tom Berryhill Getting government out of the way so that businesses can thrive and prosper continues to be my top legislative priority. Frivolous or ‘gotcha’ lawsuits continue to divert valuable resources from expanding a business and hiring people to fighting the lawsuits.  The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and the California Environmental Quality…

More Headaches for California Employers

By: Ruth Evans of The Evans HR Group and Chamber of Commerce Board Member Every year our legislators introduce hundreds of new laws. Fortunately, many are “killed” along the way, but all too many actually do pass and make it to the Governor’s desk for his signature. 2015 is no exception! It is important to know and…

Honoring true Fresno philanthropy

By: Sally Caglia – Electric Motor Shop & Warnors Center for the Performing Arts Definition of Philanthropy: The practice of performing charitable or actions of benevolence, love of mankind in general. The US immigration flood of the 1920’s included an 8 year old boy from a very humble village in Italy. Being the first to…

“Play or Pay”

Michael Der Manouel, Jr., President – Der Manouel Insurance Group The following commentary pertains specifically to the portion of the Employer Mandate under the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA),” also known as “Play or Pay,” in determining employer size and what every employer should be planning for at this juncture in 2014 to prepare for  2015 and 2016. The…

Why I decided to be an Entrepreneur

By: Mike Pronovost – Owner, Powerband Internet Corporation From a young age I liked to question the status quo. I remember sitting in a classroom and being told that you should wait until after you graduate from college before you should start working or thinking about starting a business. At times, people tried to stress…

What’s the Answer?

By Blake Konczal, Director of the Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board The question of the state of Fresno’s economy is a perennial topic for conversation, both heated and convivial! Irregardless of the overall trends of the national or state economy in which we “float”, Fresno’s economic health is always of keen interest. Long before the recent…