TAKE ME HOME! T HE M ORENO V ALLEY I nland E mpIrE n Ews O nlInE @ IEBJpUB.COm PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL I NLAND E MPIRE EDITION B USINESS J OURNAL B y L es H amasaki s taff W riter Baby Boomers (Americans born in the period 1946 to 1964) and undocumented immigrants (who number some 11 mil-lion) are major issues impact-ing America’s national debt. Boomers are the largest part of the nation’s growing senior pop-ulation, now 40+ million and destined to become 76 million --nearly one-fifth of the U.S. population --by 2030, millions of them living entirely on their Social Security income. Mean -while, millions of undocument-ed immigrants from south of our border live under threat of deportation while eking out low-income lives doing work most Americans eschew A major solution to this pair of conundrums: U.S. seniors going south, immigrant workers coming north, both bettering their lives. The lack of jobs and oppor-tunities for a better life in Mex -ico and Central America and the endemic violence in many parts of these countries are the driving force for immigrants Local Postal Customer J anuary 2015 Trading Places: Swapping Seniors for Immigrant Workers, Helping Both --and America to illegally risk their lives to cross the U.S. border to their north --while ever more cash-strapped American se-niors seek new lower-cost living opportunities south of the border. The heart of the Trading Places proposal is [See TRADING Page 4] CalChamber Highlights Two Significant New Employment Laws for 2015 Mandatory Sick Leave The biggest news in the leaves of absence arena is mandatory paid sick leave. The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 requires employers to provide paid sick leave to any employee who has worked in California for 30 days, at an accrual rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked. Employers are allowed to lim-it an employee’s use of paid sick leave to 24 hours or three days in each year of employment and may put a maximum cap on to-tal accrual of 48 hours or six days. “All employees, regardless of how long they work or how many hours, now are entitled to the sick leave,” Frank explains. “So many employers had exist -ing policies that only applied to those who worked full time. Now their part-time employees will have to have it as well. In addition, there’s a new positing requirement that employers are going to have to comply with and a new notice that they’ll have to give to their employees at time of hire that work on an hourly basis.” The effective date for employ-ers to begin providing the paid sick leave benefit is July 1, 2015. Barrera clarifies this law isn’t just about when an employee gets sick; it’s about when the employee’s children get sick, and when other family members get sick too. “One of the significant provi -sions of the bill was a new defi -nition of what a family member is, to include not just your (From left) CalChamber Policy Advocate Jennifer Barrera, General Counsel Erika Frank and President and CEO Allan Zaremberg recap key requirements of two significant new employment laws. spouse or a child, but also your sibling, or grandparents as well,” Barrera explains. “This is a more expansive definition than what we saw in California before and al-lows an employee to utilize [See LAWS Page 3] WANT TO SAVE BIG ON ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE? JOIN THE CLUB! Just Scan QR Code to Join It’s FREE Sooner or later, nearly everyone needs roadside assistance, especially here in Southern California, The Exclusive “Club Card” was created to provide it’s members with 24/7 access to today’s most needed roadside services. Just one call produces prompt help for everything from flat tires, lockouts and jump starts to out of gas fuel delivery* and even towing. All at a substantial discount. * Discount excludes cost of fuel.