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December 16, 2014   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

NLRB Green Lights Quickie Union Elections


Regarding the Ambush Election Rule, the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) issued its final rule on Friday, December 12th. According to Brian Mahoney of PoliticoPro, “In the most significant policy change ever undertaken by the Obama administration to strengthen the power of labor unions, a divided National Labor Relations Board issued a long-awaited final rule speeding up the union election process. The rule will require businesses to postpone virtually all litigation over eligibility issues until after workers vote on whether to join the union… The regulatory shift represents a clear victory for the labor movement.” Read the full article here.

The rule is slated to take effect April 14, 2015.

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Otis Rawl joins National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) president and CEO Jay Timmons in issuing this statement in response: “Shortening the time frame before an election robs employees of the ability to gather the facts they need to make an important and informed decision like whether or not to join a union and denies employers adequate time to prepare. It is critical that this rule be eliminated.”

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2015 HR Conference: Call for Speakers

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting proposals for possible presentations at the upcoming 25th Annual Human Resources Conference scheduled for May 6-8, 2015 on Hilton Head Island. 

You are invited to submit a proposal(s) to speak at this conference. The deadline to submit is Monday, January 19, 2015.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, including the exclusive presenting sponsorship. This conference is an exciting opportunity for your company to exhibit your products and services and/or contribute as a sponsor to some of South Carolina’s best HR professionals.

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Business Speaks at the State House: Register Now

The Chamber will host Business Speaks at the State House, presented by Zeus Industrial Products, Inc., on January 20, 2015 at 4 p.m. Business Speaks is a town hall gathering of more than 400 of South Carolina's leading business people, constitutional officers and members of the General Assembly. Register early for the SC Chamber of Commerce’s legislative preview, and reserve your spot! It provides a special opportunity to hear updates on the South Carolina Chamber's 2015 Competitiveness Agenda and speak directly with legislators.
Key Senate and House members will participate in an open panel discussion on important business issues such as infrastructure, health care costs, energy, economic development and workforce development. During the town hall meeting, the Chamber will honor legislators who scored 100 percent on the Chamber's 2014 Legislative Scorecard and are strong advocates of business. These leaders will be presented with a Business Advocate Award.

Various sponsorship opportunities are available starting at just $300. View sponsorship opportunities. For event sponsorship inquiries, please contact Paul Dunn at 803.255.2566.

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Mark Your Calendar: Competitiveness Agenda Series Dates Set

The Competitiveness Agenda Series, in its second year, will feature four separate forums held in Columbia on key aspects of the Chamber’s Competitiveness Agenda. You may choose to invest in one or all four forums based on your company’s needs. Stay up-to-date on changes in the law and what pending changes mean for your company and for South Carolina. View the 2015 investment opportunities. Registration is now open.

February 24 • Infrastructure Forum (Agenda available soon)
April 23 • Health Care Forum
May 19 • Environment/Energy Forum
August 18 • Workforce Development Forum

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SBA Seeks Nominations for the 2015 South Carolina Small Business & Advocacy Awards

The SBA South Carolina District Office is now accepting nominations for the 2015 South Carolina Small Business & Advocacy Awards, which honor the state's top small business entrepreneurs and supporters. The South Carolina Awards are part of the SBA's National Small Business Week Awards program. The deadline to submit nominations for all awards is 3 p.m. Monday, January 5, 2015. Self-nominations are also encouraged.

Two of the nine awards are part of the SBA's national awards program. Nominations for the Small Business Person of the Year and Exporter of the Year can be submitted through SBA's online awards portal. South Carolina- specific awards include the SC Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year, SC Young Entrepreneur of the Year, SC Minority Enterprise Advocate of the Year, SC Women in Business Advocate of the Year and the SC Small Business Ally of the Year.

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