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California INFORM Consumers Act Signed Into Law

The following statement can be attributed to California Retailers Association President and CEO Rachel Michelin:  SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 301 (Skinner), California’s version of the federal INFORM Consumers Act now pending in Congress, a measure strongly supported by the California Retailers Association and passed by the State Legislature with zero opposition. SB 301 …

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The Mercury News op-ed: To protect supply chain, independent truckers need clarity

By ROB LAPSLEY, RACHEL MICHELIN and ERIC SAUER | PUBLISHED: July 30, 2022 at 5:05 a.m. | UPDATED: August 1, 2022 at 4:34 a.m. The imminent imposition of AB 5 on the trucking industry triggered the recent shutdowns at California ports, including Oakland. AB5 codified the employee classification test under the landmark 2018 Dynamex decision. This change significantly narrows the circumstances for someone to …

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CRA President Addresses Retail Theft with Loss Prevention Magazine

The California Retailers Association continues to push for much-needed reforms to protect retailers’ employees, customers and neighborhoods from rampant and dangerous retail crime and the hits keep coming!  Recently, Rachel Michelin, president and CEO of the California Retailers Association joined a podcast with the nationally acclaimed Loss Prevention Magazine to discuss what is happening in California with regards to retail theft …

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CALIFORNIA RETAILERS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT AND CEO RACHEL MICHELIN ISSUES STATEMENT ON SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT ATTORNEY RECALL ELECTION

Following the Recall Election of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, President of State’s Largest Retail Advocacy Organization Issues Official Statement SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rachel Michelin, president and CEO of the California Retailers Association and a leading voice nationally in identifying solutions to rising crime and rampant retail theft, issued the following statement in response to …

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CRA President and CEO Speaks with USA Today: Violence rises as some employees fight back against shoplifters, thieves

The California Retailer’s Association reminds its members that lives count more than merchandise. As for a recommendation on what actions merchants should take against shoplifters or thieves, it’s up to them. “It’s a company-by-company decision,”  Michelin said. She said she has been trying to persuade reluctant state lawmakers to pass tougher laws to dissuade thieves and …

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CRA President and CEO Speaks with KNX News Radio Los Angeles on State Retailer Efforts to Combat Organized Crime

Rachel Michelin: “ORC is a growing problem and we are seeing the level of violence increase in California. CRA is collaborating with the California Organized Retail Crime Association (CalORCA) to educate policymakers, law enforcement, district attorneys and other stakeholders so we can all get on the same page. There’s a lot of finger pointing on …

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Unified Business Community Calls on Governor Newsom to Provide Clarity on Economic Reopening

SACRAMENTO—The unified state and regional business community today issued the following statement in response to new workplace regulations passed by the Cal/OSHA Standards Board and expedited by a subsequent Executive Order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom: “Today’s actions are a step in the right direction and we sincerely thank the governor for issuing an Executive …

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California Retailers Association Announces Ryan Allain as Manager of State and Local Government Affairs

Sacramento, CA – March 3, 2020 – The California Retailers Association (CRA) announced today that Ryan Allain will take on the newly created role of Manager of State and Local Government Affairs. Ryan joins CRA’s Steve McCarthy, Vice President of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, as a registered lobbyist for the association. In his new …

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CRA and CA Business Properties Association Joint Statement on rePlanet’s closure

Sacramento, CA – August 9, 2019 – Today, in response to the announcement by rePlanet, Rachel Michelin, President of California Retailers Association and Rex Hime, President and CEO of California Business Properties Association issued the following statement: “For three decades, California consumers, business and government together built a robust infrastructure for recycling cans, bottles and …

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