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2020 Virtual Turkey Trot

 

YES, it is happening folks, we are officially un-canceling the Turkey Trot! Well…sort of. This year, for safety reasons, we are asking you to participate on your own time and at your own pace.

Join our team, the TOLUCA LAKE TROTTERS, and help us raise funds for two organizations that are doing great things for our community!

* Toluca Lake Beautification Partners

North Hollywood Police Activity League (PALS)

 The process is simple:

– Join our team today!  $10 to join. Any generous donations beyond that are appreciated.

– Invite friends & family members to join the fun. Encourage each other to move from literally anywhere.

– You will have 10 days to complete 2 runs/walks/jogs: get out for a 1 mile and/or a 5k between Nov 20 – Nov 29. Safely, on your own schedule, at your own pace.

– Upload your results to the Leaderboard and follow along as the standings update in real time! (OPTIONAL: if you use a GPS watch or smartphone when you run, the results can be auto-detected and uploaded for you)

*Specific instructions and details will be sent via email after you register.



Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training for 2021

California’s Sexual Harassment Mandatory Training Law in Effect in 2021

Sexual harassment training was supposed to be mandatory for virtually all employees in California as of Jan. 1, 2020. That was thanks to Senate Bill 1343, which was passed in September 2018. However, that date has been pushed back to Jan. 1, 2021 because of SB 778, which state lawmakers quietly passed in August. SB 778 pushed back the implementation of SB 1343 by a full year.

You’d be forgiven for being mistaken and not realizing employers had another full year before they are mandated to be in compliance. CapRadio was. In a correction, the media outlet wrote, “(SB 778) came with no announcements or notification from the lawmaker’s office.”

That said, our Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers would encourage companies to that haven’t already begun the process may want to explore how to do so this year so there aren’t any surprises with compliance issues in 2021. The more your workers understand about sexual harassment and your company policies for dealing with it, the more likely it can be appropriately handled from the start (which means better morale for your workers and less chance of litigation for you). It will also allow you to be prepared well ahead of time so your company isn’t scrambling last-minute to comply.

What Does SB 1343 Require

As it stands, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) outlines a number of unlawful employment practices, which include harassment of an employee either directly by an employer OR indirectly by agents of the employer with the employer’s knowledge. This is the provision under which many California sexual harassment claims are filed. An “agent of an employer” is a co-worker or other employee of the company. If you report the harassing conduct to your employer and your employer does nothing, you then may have grounds to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against your employer.

SB 1343 requires any employer who employs five or more employees (including seasonal and temporary workers) to extend a minimum of two hours to train all supervisory employees AND at least one hour of sexual harassment training to all non-supervisory employees. After the initial training session, additional training must be conducted at least once every two years thereafter.

The law also directs the state’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing to develop and/or obtain online sexual harassment prevention training courses for both the 1- and 2-hour requirements. The department must also make develop or obtain fact sheets and posters on preventing sexual harassment in California. These materials, to be produced in multiple languages, are intended to be made available to employers, employees and the general public.

Every employer must obtain these information sheets and materials for reproduction and distribution to workers.

Some of the information available on these posters should help employees by:

  • Identifying sexual harassment as illegal;
  • Defining sexual harassment under both state and federal statutes;
  • Describing examples of sexual harassment;
  • Detailing the employer’s internal complaint process for reporting sexual harassment;
  • Explaining the legal remedies available through the DFEH;
  • Indicating how to contact the DFEH;
  • Explaining state laws that protect workers who report sexual harassment from being subject to retaliation.

An employer who violates any of the requirements under SB 1343 can be compelled by the DFEH to do so.




Toluca Lake’s Fritz Coleman

Fritz Coleman may be retiring from his day job, but as he has only been the Honorary Mayor of Toluca Lake since the Fall of 1994; we will require he remain in his role for at least another 15 years to get our 40!

Fritz has been a real friend to the Toluca Lake Chamber, supporting our events, fund raisers and local village businesses. We will miss him as weatherman at 5 and 11 on NBC4 but now he will have time to follow his passion of giving of himself in dedication of time and talent, and raising funds and awareness for countless charitable causes. At a time like this we need more Fritz Colemans in this world.

Congratulations Fritz!


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Support the Chamber and Support the Village!

During this unprecedented time, the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce continues to be a resource to the small businesses of the Village and provides important information and marketing resources.

 

Residents in the Village can also join the Chamber for the annual fee of only $50 and Resident Members receive the new Toluca Lake App which provides discounts at participating Chamber member businesses. Also, your financial contribution will go towards valuable community projects spearheaded by the Chamber.

 

Please know that you do not need to reside in or have a business in Toluca Lake. Our surrounding neighbors are also welcome to join as a business member or a resident member!
 
With membership in the Chamber, businesses have an opportunity to showcase their services while residents may participate in merchant discounts and be involved in community programs and services.
 
It’s also important to note that joining the Chamber allows you to be as involved as you want to be. You will not be obligated to attend meetings or host benefits.
 
Thank you for your support of the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce Yard Signs

Toluca Strong Signs
 
The Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce has started a campaign to show our city that we are resilient, positive, inclusive and strong. Recently the Chamber commissioned wonderful new signs with the message “Toluca Strong” and we are offering them free to our members while supplies last.
 
The sign was created by Kari Ramsey of 5 Oceans Creative (www.5o2creative.com), who also designed the new logo for the Toluca Lake Tennis and Fitness Club.
 
To receive a sign, please contact Adam James via email at president@tolucalakechamber.com. We ask that you be an active member of the Chamber and agree to post the sign prominently at your business so it can inspire the community.
 
Thank you all for your support of the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce and together we are stronger … together we are Toluca Strong!


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