Category: Policy

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has provided updated vaccine guidance for employers. In summary, the fact sheet clarifies that yes, employers can require employees to get a COVID vaccine. However it does state that protected classes must remain free from harassment, and that accommodations must be made to certain extents. The fact […]

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The state’s tier-based system that dictates the level of restrictions for businesses and schools may be getting an addition soon: a green-tier that is essentially an “all systems go” standard where the virus is in total retreat. As of now, the tiers that a county could possibly land in are purple (most restrictive), red (less), […]

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Despite mortgage rates being near all-time lows, one of the biggest challenges in buying a new home is the upfront costs. Bank of America’s Community Homeownership Commitment addresses this barrier by providing grants toward down payment and closing costs, along with low down payment mortgage options.  Initially launched in 2019, Bank of America has already helped nearly 21,000 […]

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Mexican Congress passed an energy bill that will change the distribution rules under which electricity is fed to the power system. Specifically, the bill prioritizes energy plants owned and operated by the Federal Electricity Commission, followed by solar, wind, and combined cycle stations owned by private entities. As a result, no new renewable energy projects […]

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Baja’s State Government announced the following changes to restrictions and precautionary measures following a statewide decrease of new COVID-19 cases: Restaurants, retailers and hotels may operate at up to a 75% capacity, including access to common areas. Gyms, public pools, spas, and sport centers may operate at up to a 65% capacity. Public transportation vehicles, […]

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Presidents Biden and Lopez Obrador met virtually on Monday to advance joint efforts to address migration and development in Southern Mexico and Central America. Both Presidents reaffirmed their commitment to bilateral collaboration to fight the pandemic, reactivate our shared economy, and address climate change. This includes efforts to deepen cooperation on the COVID-19 response by enhancing […]

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In partnership with the San Diego Workforce Partnership, District 7 Councilmember Raul Campillo is exploring a predictive scheduling policy. If successful, this would be the San Diego region’s first official use of such a policy, following other localities like Seattle and San Francisco. Statewide legislation proposing predictive worker scheduling was ultimately defeated in 2015 and […]

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Following an announcement from the White House of an immigration reform bill, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 was introduced to Congress last week by Sen. Bob Menendez (NJ) and Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA).  The bill would provide an 8-year pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, increase the number of available diversity visas, […]

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The Paycheck Protection Program application process will undergo some minor changes, according to President Biden’s administration. For the first two weeks of the the application period that opened on Wednesday, only firms with fewer than 20 employees will be eligible. Following that exclusive timeframe, it will reopen for the broader business population to apply. Additionally, […]

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