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Business Connection


July  2016

In this Month's Issue

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Executive Committee

Chairwoman of the Board
Gina Rossall, Westside Union School District
Monica Grado, George's Cleaners

Past Chairman of the Board
Josh Mann, Waste Management

Luis Garibay, City of Lancaster

Katy Nelson, Hunter Dodge

Austin Rice, Alden & Associates, LLP

Terry Roth, JAG Insurance Agency, Inc. 

Mark Hemstreet - Chief Executive Officer, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce   
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
Theresa Dawson, Lancaster Sheriff's Station

Rosemary Mann, Camille's Sidewalk Cafe

Charles Hoey, Charles Hoey & Associates

Chris Spicher, Antelope Valley Florist

Gene Melchers, Melchers Construction

Elizabeth Diachun, Antelope Valley

Shandra Goben, TownePlace Suites

Bernie Longjohn, Learn 4 Life

Barry White, Carpeteria

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Office Staff 

Mark Hemstreet, Chief Executive Officer
Sharon Molnar, Office Coordinator
Anna Zarley, Event Coordinator

New and Renewing Members

 Introducing Our Newest Members!

 AM Cafe
Mike Axley 
44205 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-9400

California Institute of 
Health & Social Services 
Jasmine Avilez
38345 30th Street East, Ste D-2
Palmdale, CA 93552
(661) 265-1101

Equal Chances
Azize Coskun
848 West Lancaster Blvd, Ste 102
Lancaster, CA 93534
(310) 647-7616

Heartland Payment Systems
Richard Newton
Canyon Country, CA 91351
(661) 424-9081

JAG Insurance Agency, Inc. 
Terry Roth 
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 547-3144

Primo Burgers
Paul Zerounian
44275 Division Street
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 510-6534

ROGEE Real Estate 
Century 21 Yarrow 
Rogee Rogers
44143 20th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(800) 752-7162

SYGMA Network, Inc. 
Karla Bulluck
46905 47th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 206-6585

Vets 4 Veterans
Tommie Hilzendeger
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 714-0454

Vinyl Alley / Voodoo Vinyl
Tony Pinker
765 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA  93534
(661) 945-6511

We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members 

ISU Stephen B Marvin Insurance
43700 17th Street West, Ste 101
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-1101
Member Since: 1937

Monte Vista Building Sites
42220 10th Street West, Ste 101
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-0435
Member Since: 1940

George's Cleaners
44759 Beech Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-4124
Member Since: 1947

Antelope Valley Florist
1302 West Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-6006
Member Since: 1956

Funerals and Cremations
44831 Cedar Street
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-1139
Member Since: 1961

Desert Operating Company 
2557 Still Meadow Lane
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 942-7575
Member Since: 1961

American Medical Response
1055 West Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-9310
Member Since: 1976

Coldwell Banker / Hartwig RE 
Burle Patterson
43912 20th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-8424
Member Since: 1976

W A Thompson Distributing Co.
45545 Trevor Avenue 
Lancaster, CA  93534
(661) 942-0479
Member Since: 1976

A V Engineering
129 West Pondera Street
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-0805
Member Since: 1985

A V Ford / Lincoln / Mercury/ Mazda
1155 Auto Mall Drive
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-3586
Member Since: 1987

 America's Best Value Inn
44131 Sierra Highway
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-8771
Member Since: 1987

Antelope Valley Animal Hospital 
1326 West Avenue N
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 273-1234
Member Since: 1987

Antelope Valley Fair Association
2551 West Avenue H, Ste 102
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 948-6060
Member Since: 1987

Antelope Valley Health Care
44445 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-7051
Member Since: 1987

Antelope Valley Hospital
1600 West Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-5000
Member Since: 1987

Edwards Federal Credit Union 
44288 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 952-5945
Member Since: 1987

Lancaster Moving & Storage
45652 Division Street
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 942-7515
Member Since: 1987

Law Office of Thompson Von Tungeln
857 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-5868
Member Since: 1987

Michael Glass, DDS 
44563 10th Street West 
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-6039
Member Since: 1987

Metro Floors, Inc
44109 Yucca Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-1501
Member Since: 1987

Sierra Medical Group
39115 Trade Center Drive, Ste 130
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 273-7346
Member Since: 1987

Universal Electronic Alarm
709 West Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 940-8669
Member Since: 1987

American Cancer Society
815 Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-7585
Member Since: 1988

Robert S. Wolf Insurance & Financial
44421 10th Street West, Ste F
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-8003, Ext 101
Member Since: 1989

TV Land 
PO Box 1467
Rosamond, CA 93560
(661) 256-8141
Member Since: 1990

Wal-Mart Store # 1563
44665 Valley Central Way 
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 940-8744
Member Since: 1990

West Park Villas
1800 West Avenue J-12
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-1562
Member Since: 1990

Living Stone Cathedral of Worship
37721 100th Street East
Littlerock, CA 93543
(661) 944-4128
Member Since: 1992

Ramon's Restaurant
1431 Rosamond Blvd, Ste 10
Rosamond, CA 93560
(661) 256-4602
Member Since: 1992

Hometown Directory
4145 Manly Rd
Rosamond, CA 93560
(661) 823-9111
Member Since: 1993

Bethel Christian School
3100 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 943-2224
Member Since: 1996

California Tile Supply Company
42704 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-2545
Member Since: 1996

Cobb Doerfler & Associates
1039 West Avenue J, Ste B
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-6103
Member Since: 1996

Commercial Services Unlimited
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 726-0071
Member Since: 1996

K-Swiss Shoe Outlet
44950 Valley Central Way, Ste 102-1/2
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 940-7666
Member Since: 1996

Kuzyk Law
1700 West Avenue K, Ste 101
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-6969
Member Since: 1996

Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary
808 East Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 942-8125
Member Since: 1998

Prestige Assisted Living
43454 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 949-2177
Member Since: 1999

Gordon D Elder, DC
44901 10th Street West, Ste A
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 726-9333
Member Since: 2000 

Suburban Propane, LP
46151 Sierra Highway
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-5117
Member Since: 2000

2511 Rosamond Blvd
Rosamond, CA 93560
(661) 256-4530
Member Since: 2001

AV Chem Dry
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 722-9342
Member Since: 2002

Camille's Sidewalk Cafe
44140 20th Street West, Ste 101
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 940-5878
Member Since: 2004

Mission Bank
43830 20th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-9038
Member Since: 2007

American Plumbing Services, Inc
42217 12th Street West, Ste B
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 266-0132
Member Since: 2008

The Pacifica Company
42231 6th Street West, Unit 208
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 294-8700
Member Since: 2008

Lancaster United Methodist Church
918 West Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 942-0419
Member Since: 2009

Sakura Buffet
44840 Valley Central Way
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 951-8338
Member Since: 2010

Academy for the Advancement
of Children with Autism
6742 East Avenue H
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 946-1234
Member Since: 2012

iLead Lancaster Charter School
254 East Avenue K-4
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 609-1489
Member Since: 2012

Security Defenders
528 West Milling Street
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-2581
Member Since: 2012

American Post & Parcel
43759 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-1150
Member Since: 2013

Malhi's Indian Cuisine
2007 West Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 305-5888
Member Since: 2013

Palmdale Auto Mall
412 Auto Center Drive
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 449-8600
Member Since: 2013

Boba Cove & Cafe
44445 Valley Central Way
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 945-2929
Member Since: 2014

The Peanut Pedaler
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 916-2506
Member Since: 2014

Antelope Valley Press
PO Box 4050
Palmdale, CA 93590
(661) 273-2700
Member Since: 2015

Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop
43530 10th Street West, Ste 105
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-3499
Member Since: 2015

Interested in Becoming an Ambassador?


Ambassadors have a unique opportunity to represent the Lancaster

Chamber at many events, including breakfasts, luncheons, mixers, ribbon cuttings/grand openings and more!  Through this involvement, ambassadors are able to represent the chamber while also representing and marketing their own businesses--it's truly a "win/win" relationship!



 If you or someone at your place of business is interested in

 participating in our comprehensive training series and ultimately

 becoming an ambassador, please contact the Chamber: 

(661) 948-4518

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
 Upcoming Events
July 2016

Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening
Bearly Cake
11:30 Am
Bearly Cake
2791 West Avenue L
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
JP Eliopulos Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Parade Committee Meeting
09:00 AM
Learn 4 Life 
177 Holston Drive
Lancaster, CA 93534
For more Information Contact
Luis Garibay at 661-675-8600

Lancaster Chamber Quarterly Mega-Mixer
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds 
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Turf Club 
2551 West Avenue H
Lancaster, CA 93536

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Director's Meeting
7:30-9:00 am
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Membership Orientation
12:00 PM -1:00 PM
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

All Chamber Night
Lancaster Jethawks
The Hangar
45116 Valley Central Way
Lancaster, CA 93534

Family Friendly Mixer
One-Year Anniversary Celebration
Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
43530 10th Street West, Suite 105
Lancaster, CA 93534
RSVP Required : 948-4518

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Ambassador Meeting
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

7:00 am- 8:30 am
A.M. Cafe
44205 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
RSVP: (661) 948-4518

Bakersfield Business Conference Special Pricing opportunity!

Chamber Members:

The Bakersfield Business Conference returns on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Don't miss America's best one-day program with business, investment, motivation, political and governmental thought, plus entertainment personalities and speakers on the main stage and alternative venues throughout the day.

Chamber members receive special pricing until February 1, 2016. Seating
assignments are based on receipt of purchase.

Tickets can be purchased by phone at (661) 371-2204, by mail to the Bakersfield Business Conference, PO Box 2026, Bakersfield, CA 93303, or on
our website.

For more information or to purchase tickets on the web please visit:



Helping Support Your Local Chamber is a


Take advantage of these special rates for chamber members!!



  •  Digital Display Ad on Chamber Wall - $250 / year (2050x1400 dpi).
  • Static Display Framed Poster* on chamber/visitor's center wall - $1000 / year (24x20 inches -8  AVAILABLE) -includes a free digital display for one year.
  • Chamber newsletter ad (600x600 dpi, includes link to your website) - $75 each or $750 for one year.
  • Website home page banner ad (along top of page) - $2500 per year 
  • Website home page ad $500 / year (600x600 dpi - TWO AVAILABLE).


  •  Package 1 - $500 - Includes one digital display ad and four newsletter ads.           
  • Package 2 - $1000 -  Includes one digital display ad, four newsletter ads, and one website home page ad (TWO AVAILABLE).
  • Package 3 - $1000 - includes one  24"x20" framed Chamber Wall poster* (12 AVAILABLE) and one digital display ad.

           *price includes poster production costs.




  • Community Calendar member event posting.
  • Annual area map and directories with advertising opportunities.
  • Referrals - Hundreds of request directed to members "ONLY".
  • Mailing Labels and Membership Lists available to members "ONLY".
  • Chamber Radio Talk Show and Chamber YouTube Free to members "ONLY".
  • Your business listed in the printed and online Membership Directory (Link to your website or social media!).

Chamber Membership Lists


Labels by Alpha: $50.00

Email Data: $50.00


Please call the Chamber for more information:

 (661) 948-4518

What can the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce do to help grow YOUR business???

What is Your Chamber?


Since 1902, the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce has existed as a private, voluntary, nonprofit (501(C)(3) and (C)(6) business organization dedicated to improving the economic environment of business growth and prosperity. The business community now serves a greater Antelope Valley Region, with a population of more than 480,000 people


As the Antelope Valley continues to develop and thrive, the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce continues to evolve to meet the needs of its members and our growing community. The Lancaster Chamber offers a variety of benefits to help businesses, large and small, to network and grow. 

Membership Benefits 

  • Chamber Website
  • Monthly Business Connection E-Newsletter
  • Membership Directory
  • Membership City Map
  • Radio Talk Show - Free
  • Super AV Expo
  • Quarterly Mega Mixers
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Endless Networking
  • Grand Openings/Ribbon Cuttings
Monthly Events 
  • Membership Luncheon
  • Business-4-Breakfast

Discount Advertisement 

  • AV Press - Chamber Page
  • Video Commercials
  • Web Video - Business Showcase

Please call the Chamber for more information:

 (661) 948-4518 

For those of you who have utilized all the wonderful features of our new website, we are confident that you have seen interest in your business grow!  We are seeing 
triple the traffic on our site since we rolled out the new product in late October!  It's easy for our members to use and navigate and the free marketing tools that are included are state-of-the-art!  If you have not yet had the opportunity to request optimization of your member page, upload coupons, classified ads, and member-to-member discounts, or submit your events and meetings to our community calendar, please log in to your account and take full advantage of these exciting ways to market your business on both our website and our mobile app!  If you need us to re-send your log-in information, please contact us at:

 (661) 948-4518


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Follow us on Twitter 


Lancaster Chamber 
Membership Luncheon 

Please join us for our monthly luncheon on 
July 13th where the City of Lancaster will be rolling out  a comprehensive overview of the:

 2016 Climate Action Plan

We encourage everyone to take some time to look over the plan prior to the  luncheon and the City of Lancaster will also have some hard-copies available for review.  

To review the 2016 Climate Action Plan prior to the event please click hereQuestions, comments, and dialogue are encouraged. 

RSVPs are suggested for this event.

                                              EVENT INFORMATION
July 13, 2016
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

JP Eliopulos Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536

The Chamber board of directors and staff look forward to seeing you there!
Chairwoman's Message 

Summer is an exciting time for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, and many great events will continue to happen in the coming months.  I know that you will want to mark your calendars and be a part of all that makes our community a great place to be.
Speaking of great events, wasn't "A Night at the King Kamehameha Club" terrific?  A luau in the desert you say-indeed, our staff did an amazing job of converting the University of Antelope Valley into our own private island if only for the night.  Thanks so much to Anna, Sharon and Mark for making this event possible, and for all who attended our 114th annual installation and celebration of the work of our "retiring" Chairman Josh Mann.  All of us so appreciate the commitment and devotion that you have for our community, and serving as our Chairman gave us all an opportunity to see that devotion first hand.  Thank you for giving so much of yourself and your talents to the Chamber this past year.  We are all richer for the gift of your time. 
Remember that we have our first Chamber Luncheon on July 13th at the Hellenic Center.  It will be a kickoff to our Chamber year.  I apologize for missing this first meeting, but I will be attending a conference out of the area that week.  Please enjoy the time for fellowship and networking, and thanks to Katie Nelson and Luis Garibay for serving as your hosts for this event. 
Are you starting to think of costumes and decorating options for your business?  Our annual dress and decorate contest is on the way in conjunction with the Antelope Valley Fair.  We'd like everyone to make an extra effort to help make this year's contest a chance for all of us to get involved. 
Thanks to Luis Garibay for chairing our parades this year.  We start the year with our Antelope Valley Fair Parade on Saturday, August 20th. Volunteers are needed to help make this a success, and there are many ways you can help. A Parade Committee has been formed, and more members are always welcome.  Call the Chamber Office for meeting times, exciting additions to the Parade are being considered, so please be part of the action. 
This past month is a time for us to reflect on the honor of being Americans. Thanks to those who make our freedom possible today, and to our forefathers who had a vision of greatness for the United States.  We are lucky that we get to operate our businesses in the US and most especially in the Lancaster Community. 
I hope to see you at the various Chamber events this month.  

Regina Rossall, Chairwoman of the Board

Quarterly Mega Mixer

Join us at the 
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds Turf Club 
 for our Quarterly Mega-Mixer!

July 19, 2016

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
Turf Club
2551 West Avenue H
Lancaster, CA 93534

Be sure to bring a raffle prize with your business card attached!

RSVPs are suggested
Advertise your business in the 
AV Fair Parade Program

Specs for the AV Fair Parade Program
August 20, 2016
Full Page  (8 h w X 6.5 w)...........................$200.00

Half Page (3.75 h X 6.5 w).......................... $125.00

Quarter Page(3.75 h X 3 w)..........................$ 75.00

Business Card Ad (1.625 X 3 w)....................$  25.00

Please make checks payable to:
"Lancaster Chamber of Commerce:

For credit card orders call (661) 948-4518
554 West Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, Ca. 93534-2534
661 948-4518 ~ 661 949-1212 Fax


2016 "Dress & Decorate" Contest


One Year Anniversary Celebration and Family Friendly Mixer!
Bring the kids and Join us in celebrating  the one year anniversary of

Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop 

  • Soda Tasting
  • Candy Tasting
  • Appetizers
  • Games
  • Free Give-Aways
  • Exclusive Discount on all purchases 
July 25, 2016

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop
43530 10th St W #105, Lancaster, CA 93534

RSVPs are Required

**Be sure to bring your raffle prizes with business cards attached**
         Promote YOUR business 
FREE of Charge 
Chamber Radio 
Talk Show

"Minding Your Business"

Minding Your Business (MYB) the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce weekly radio show features Chamber members and Friends each Saturday at 12 noon on High Desert Radio 1380am. Hosted by Chris Spicher of AV Florist and Aaron Goldstein of GoldsteinDigital. Music is by Lions Named Leo of Bakersfield, CA.
    Saturdays, 12-1 pm
 Call Chris Spicher: (661) 948-6006

 View our videos on YouTube 

  Join us for business, stay for breakfast!
     Thursday, July 28, 2016

   7:00 A.M.- 8:30 A.M

This Months Breakfast Sponsor:
iLead Charter Schools  
NEW! Event Location
A.M. Cafe
44205 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
RSVP: 948-4518 

Be sure to bring plenty of business cards and a raffle prize to promote your business!

*Please note - If you RSVP and do not attend you will be invoiced for $12.00.
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.

Paid sick leave questions continue to trouble many employers who want to comply, but are unsure about certain parts of the law. The latest CalChamber Capitol News Report, featuring Erika Frank, CalChamber vice president, legal affairs, and general counsel, and Jeff Belaski, general manager of the Waffle Experience, calls attention to how the PSL policy is implemented, accrual methods, record keeping and penalties.

1. The Law Covers Most Employers And Employees

Even though the paid sick leave law received a lot of press, some businesses still seem surprised about the new law, perhaps thinking it does not apply to them.
Unlike other leave laws, such as the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) or federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), there is no size requirement before the PSL law applies to a company. The law applies to all employers, big and small.
Moreover, PSL must be provided to all types of employees: part-time, hourly, temporary, seasonal, exempt and nonexempt. Any employee who has worked in California for the same employer for 30 or more days within one year from the beginning of his/her employment will be entitled to PSL.

2. Even If You Had A Generous Policy In The Past, It May Need Revising

Some employers may be under the impression that if they already had a generous paid sick leave or paid time off (PTO) policy in place, they don't need to do anything to comply with the new PSL law. But this is probably not true.
For example:
  • Many policies that voluntarily provided paid sick leave or PTO in the past did not allow employees to use the time to care for all of the family members who are currently covered by the new law (see discussion below). Policies may need to be updated to eliminate illegal limits on how PSL can be used.
  • Many paid sick policies in effect before the new law didn't cover part-time employees, who are now covered.
  • Pre-PSL policies also may contain insufficient accrual rates; specific rules apply regarding grandfathering in previously used accrual methods.
Employers will need to carefully compare any pre-existing policy with the requirements of the new PSL law to make sure the policy complies.

3. You Can Use Different Methods For Different Groups of Employees

Employers have various options for providing the sick leave benefit. Generally speaking, these divide themselves into accrual options (such as the option to provide one hour for every 30 hours worked) and a lump-sum option where the employer places the full amount of leave (three days/24 hours) in the employee's leave bank at the beginning of each year of employment, calendar year or 12-month period.

4. You Can Cap Accrual And Limit The Amount Of Time An Employee Can Take

If your company chooses to use an accrual method, you should consider whether you want to impose a cap on how much PSL an employee can accrue. Under the statutory accrual method of one hour per every 30 hours worked, full-time employees will accrue nearly nine days of paid sick leave each year. Those days will carry over to the next year and continue to accrue unless you impose a cap.
The PSL law allows employers to impose an accrual cap of 48 hours or six days. Once the employee reaches this cap, he/she will not continue to accrue PSL until he/she has used up some banked time.
The law also allows an employer to limit the amount of PSL an employee can use/take in any one year to three days or 24 hours. This is separate from the cap on accrual. An employer can both cap the amount that is carried over to the next year and limit the amount of PSL that an employee can use in any one given year.
Inform your employees of any cap on accrual or limitation on annual use that your company has enacted, preferably through a written policy.

5. Paid Sick Leave Can Be Used For Many Different Family Members

Paid sick leave isn't just for your employee to use when he or she is sick. Your employee also can use PSL to care for a child, parent (including parent-in-law), spouse, registered domestic partner, grandparent, grandchild or sibling.
Paid sick leave may also be used by an employee who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

6. Paid Sick Leave Is Protected: Check Your Attendance Policies

PSL is protected time off. Employers can't retaliate or discriminate against employees who use or try to use PSL.
Employers will want to look at any absence control policies they have in place.

7. No Doctor's Note Required

The law states that PSL must be provided when an employee makes a verbal or written request for the time off. If the need for time off is foreseeable, the employee must provide reasonable advance notice. If not, notice must be provided "as soon as practicable."
Unless certification is required pursuant to another leave law, no provision in the PSL law specifically allows an employer to require medical certification for paid sick time.

8. You Can Choose Between Various Options For Paying Employees For The Time Off

PSL must be paid no later than the payday for the next regular payroll period after the sick leave was taken.
Employers can use one of the following three methods to calculate how to pay employees who take paid sick time:
  • Calculate paid sick time for a nonexempt employee in the same manner as the "regular rate of pay" for the workweek in which the employee uses paid sick time, regardless of whether the employee actually works overtime in that workweek.
  • Calculate paid sick time for a nonexempt employee by "dividing the employee's total wages, not including overtime premium pay, by the employee's total hours worked in the full pay periods of the prior 90 days of employment."
  • Calculate paid sick time for an exempt employee in the same manner as wages are calculated for other forms of paid leave time.
9. You Have Recordkeeping Obligations

The PSL law requires you to keep records documenting the hours the employee worked, the paid sick days accrued by the employee and the paid sick days used by the employee for at least three years.
Amendments to the mandatory paid sick leave law specifically state that, for record-keeping purposes, an employer is not obligated to inquire into or record the purposes for which an employee uses paid time off.

10. Watch Out For Local Ordinances

Several cities, including San Diego, San Francisco, Emeryville, Oakland, and Los Angeles enacted local ordinances providing for paid sick leave. Employers with businesses in a city with a local PSL ordinance need to comply with both the state and the local law. For each provision, protection or benefit, employers will need to provide employees whichever is more generous to the employee.

The Month In Pictures


Pizza Hut Grand Opening 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony  

Josh Mann congratulating  LeRoy Halley on celebrating 50 years in business!


Funeral Homes and Cremations 

Outgoing Chairman, Josh Mann, passes the gavel to the Incoming Chairwoman, Regina Rossall 

114th Annual Installation Banquet 

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce 
2016-17 Board of Directors  
Small Business of the Year
CR Roadhouse, Nylah Edgeman
Medium Business of the Year
Antelope Ambulance 
Large Business of the Year
Choices in Learning National Foundation 
Learn 4 Life Charter Schools
Ribbon Cutting - Antelope Valley Dream Center/Inspirations Thrifty Trends
Best Commercial Winner
The Tech Gods, Christopher Perosi