Our Key Issues
CRA's advocacy program is focused on promoting, preserving and enhancing California's retail industry. CRA works with a top team of lobbyists who have advocated on retail issues for over 20 years. Their expertise, along with CRA's collaborations, allow CRA to effectively influence state public policy at the State Capitol and in major cities across California.
- Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA)
- California Air Resources Board/Transportation
- CalOSHA Regulations
- Corporate Taxes
- Environmental Responsibility
- Hazardous Waste
- Labor Issues
- Online Marketplace
- Organized Retail Crime
- Paid Sick Leave
- Predictive Scheduling
- Recycling/Packaging & Beverage Containers
- Supply Chain
- COVID-Related Labor Regulations
- And More
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Consumer and Privacy Protection
Regulatory AND Legislative Advocacy
CRA’s team of advocates are on the front lines of ensuring retail’s voice is heard in the State Capitol and in City Halls across the state. CRA collaborates with other likeminded organizations and associations and encourages our members to advocate for CRA priority issues including: Alcohol Beverage Control, CA Air Resources Board, CalRecycle, Cal/OSHA, COVID-19, Energy, Environmental Sustainability, Food Service/Grocery, Healthcare, Homelessness, Housing, Employee Issues, Local Government Issue, Packaging, Paid Leave Pharmacy/Chain Drug Privacy, Prop. 65, Taxes, On-line Marketplace Organized Retail Crime Workers Compensation.
Retailers depend on their employees because retailers know they would not be successful without a robust workforce. Retail employees are working on the frontlines of the COVOD-19 pandemic and CRA is working hard to ensure employment policies benefit CRA member employees and their safety while not being overly burdensome to employers. Protecting employees, consumers and the economy are top priorities for the Association.
ORC & Retail Theft
Organized retail crime is a multi-million-dollar loss to the retail industry in California and affects main street retailers, regional retailers and national brands. CRA is on the front lines advocating for retailers at the state and local level for polices that protect both consumers and retailers.
CRA successfully lobbied Governor Gavin Newsom to propose in his 2022 State Budget:
- 2 additional ORC task forces - Sacramento and Central Valley
- PERMANENT funding for all 5 task forces
- $255 million over the next 3 years for local law enforcement related to retail theft
- $18 million to the Attorney General's office for dedicated prosecutors and investigators for Organized Retail Crime.
- $20 million for small business grants for those impacted by Organized Retail Crime.
- Money earmarked for cargo theft.
CRA also secured passage of the Association's sponsored legislation: AB 331, which continued funding for the State's Organized Retail Crime Task Force.
CRA works with many associations and groups to ensure we protect two of retail's most important assets: environment and people. Retailers are on the cutting edge of environmental sustainability. Our team works to connect retail expertise and values on environmental issues with members of the State Legislature, the Administration and various regulatory boards to ensure our members are informed and have a voice when these important issues are being debated.