The Merced County Department of Workforce Investment, in partnership with the California Employers Association and the Central Valley Regional Hotline, invites everyone, especially small business owners, to attend a free webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 10 am.

The Los Banos Chamber of Commerce is among many groups encouraging business owners to attend this informative webinar.

With legislation refocused its attention on passing a multitude of labor and employment bills, this presentation will go over critical updates for California employers, including new pay transparency requirements, mandatory bereavement leave, changes to the California Family Rights Act and paid sick leave law, new cannabis use rights, minimum wage and exempt salary increases and COVID-related extensions and updates.

 The webinar will also cover industry-specific watershed bills, such as the FAST Act (impacting fast food restaurants), major labor relations changes in the agricultural industry and new requirements for call centers. 

 The webinar will not only cover the new laws, but the California Employers Association HR advisors will also discuss policy updates, practical guidance, and available resources. Of course, the Association is there to answer your burning questions!

 To register for the event, visit

 The chamber is willing to help businesses that need assistance registering for this event.

The Westside Express