Nearly 30 Fullerton business owners and managers gathered at the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce to voice their concerns over issues created by loiterers the downtown area.
Organized by Norm Kredit, a financial planner at Richey Advisors, Inc., and facilitated by the Fullerton Chamber, the Sept. 2 meeting was an opportunity for business leaders to discuss activities adversely impacting business and put employees and property at risk. Issues ranged from panhandling and drug use to urination and other practices that pose public health risks, as well as trespassing and robbery.
Fullerton Chief of Police Dan Hughes fielded questions and provided information on precautionary actions business owners can take. He also outlined measures the police department routinely engages in to reduce friction between Fullerton’s transient population and the community at large.
Moving forward, those present at the meeting agreed to remain in communication with each other and to begin grassroots efforts aimed at solving the challenges presented by loitering and resultant criminal activity.
For more information on how to become involved in this coordinated effort to protect business in downtown Fullerton, contact the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce at (714) 871-3100.
A proposed city ordinance against loitering in public parking areas is slated for discussion during the Sept. 16 Fullerton City Council meeting. More information on City Council meetings can be found at CityofFullerton.com.
Chamber supported legislation that will resolve confusion between state and federal rules governing health care enrollment waiting periods has been signed into law.
The bill, SB 1034 (Monning; D-Carmel; Chapter 195), eliminates confusion for employers by deleting certain provisions of California law related to waiting period limitations for health care coverage and clarifying that employer-imposed waiting periods are governed by federal law.
SB 1034 prohibits group health care benefit plans from imposing any waiting or affiliation period before issuing health coverage in order to resolve confusion between state and federal law and to better conform to provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). California has a long-standing 60-day waiting period for insurers, but the ACA established a 90-day waiting that applies broadly to employers.
Inconsistencies between the state and federal laws have had an indirect impact on employers and created confusion about whether health care can be treated like other benefits, which often are instated after 90 days of employment. SB 1034 will allow employers to continue treating all employee benefits as a group, easing administration and compliance with the law, while ensuring that employees receive coverage in a timely manner, as required by the ACA.
Clarification of the law also will help multi-state employers by ensuring they have just one date to keep in mind when determining when a new hire or otherwise newly qualified employee must be enrolled in a health care plan.