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Join the Chamber for an adventure to China


Tri-City Mental Health Tip – What does Mental Illness mean?

What does Mental Illness mean?

Mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s mood, thinking and behavior. It is a term that is often misunderstood. For some, it invokes images of severe cases such as schizophrenia. In reality, schizophrenia accounts for less than 1% of the mental illnesses in the United States.* Depression and anxiety are the two most common mental illnesses likely to be found in the workforce.

Similar to a physical illness, such as diabetes or asthma, mental illness can be episodic. This means people will have periods when they are motivated and highly productive, as well as times when they are not feeling well and functioning at a lower capacity. Mental illnesses are more likely to occur during times of high stress or uncertainty, so reducing stress in the workplace can be a big part of managing these conditions.

Suggested Action – Tips to reduce stress in the workplace:

1. Ensure employees have clearly defined roles and responsibilities.

2. Provide positive feedback often so staff know they are delivering what is expected of them.

3. Keep employees informed about upcoming changes to their department or to the organization.

4. Eat lunch with your co-workers. Interesting article on the benefits of eating lunch together. http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2016-02-03/3-reasons-to-eat-lunch-with-your-co-workers

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Hellen Keller

* www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org


Employers Required to E-File Paperwork with Employment Development Department

Beginning January 1, 2017, employers with 10 or more employees will be required to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits to the Employment Development Department (EDD).

***This requirement will expand to all employers beginning January 1, 2018.


Big Yellow Bus Program – LA County Fair

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Help Students in your community enjoy a day full of learning and fun at the LA County Fair and other year-round opportunities, courtesy of The Learning Centers at Fairplex! We invite you to join us and help make a difference in the lives of students in our community by joining the Big Yellow Bus Partnership Program. On average it costs $5.oo to bring one student on an educational field trip to the LA County Fair to experience an unforgettable hands-on opportunity found nowhere else.

Here are the top 5 reasons you should become a partner today!

1. 100% of all funds raised go toward providing transportation.
2. All students, teachers and chaperones attending FairKids enjoy FREE admission and parking.
3. Students enjoy 15 hands-on instructional exhibitions not found anywhere else in Southern California.
4. The educational exhibitions are aligned with California State Standards and count as a day of learning.
5. You can designate your donation to the community of your choice, providing a direct benefit to local students.

Click Here to Make a Difference!

Cal Chamber Releases 2016 Midyear Employment Law Update

The California Chamber of Commerce has released a new white paper that explains important changes to employment law. It’s already been a busy 2016 for employers, with lots of action from the California Legislature, federal and state agencies, local governments and the courts.

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Say Hello to Summer

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It’s that time again!!! Check out Chaffey Federal Credit Union’s “Great RV & Vacation Loan Event”

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Be a Mentor and Change a Life

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Meet new people, build your network, have fun, change your community and support an at-risk youth!

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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) TIPS

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For those of you who missed our Networking Luncheon, Officer Edgar Padilla gave a presentation on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).

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Over 300 Annual Events and Activities

Fairplex hosts more than 3 million people annually – from concert-goers to consumer and trade show attendees to flea market devotees – all with the goal of providing optimum customer service. With its multi-layered foundation of services and ability to produce events of every size, Fairplex provides a comprehensive experience for both guests and clients including a detail-oriented staff, on-site technology, rentals, on-site security, food and lodging.

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10 Things Businesses Might Not Know About California’s Paid Sick Leave Law

One year ago today, California employers had to begin providing the paid sick leave (PSL) benefit to their employees. To highlight several less-known aspects of the PSL benefit and provide practical tips to follow, the California Chamber of Commerce has released a Capitol News Report video, along with a white paper and infographic.

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