Biz Buzz: Clock ticking on Top 20 under 40 nominations

If you intend to nominate someone for The Tribune’s Top 20 under 40 competition, time is running out. Nominations are due Oct. 31.

Now in its sixth year, the award honors 20 women and men younger than age 40 who have demonstrated excellence in their field and a strong commitment to community service.

To be eligible, nominees must live and work in San Luis Obispo County year-round and be 39 or younger on Jan. 1.

Common characteristics in past years’ winners include pride in community, dedication to craft and determination to succeed.

Candidates will be evaluated by a panel of judges from the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation.

Only one nomination per person will be accepted. Winners will be chosen by December, and short biographies of each will be published in The Tribune.

Previous winners have represented a diverse group of young talent and have been involved in finance, law, health care, education, business, local government and nonprofit organizations.

To nominate an individual, visit and click on “Twenty under Forty.” Be prepared to provide background information and specific accomplishments of the nominee.

For more information, contact marketing coordinator Nicole Smith at nsmith@thetribune or 781-7965.

— Tribune staff report

CHW settles federal discrimination case

The federal Justice Department said it reached a settlement with the owner of three area nonprofit hospitals after allegations it discriminated against new hires who were not native-born U.S. citizens.

Catholic Healthcare West has agreed to pay $257,000 in civil penalties and said it would review its practices of checking employment eligibility documents at its 41 facilities, the federal officials said.

CHW, a nonprofit organization, owns French Hospital Medical Center, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria.

The Justice Department said it found CHW required new hires who were not U.S. citizens, or who were naturalized citizens, to present more documents than federal law requires proving they are eligible to work in the United States.

Federal law forbids employers from requiring tougher, or different, eligibility verification standards based on a new hire’s citizenship status.

The settlement also calls for CHW to pay back any employee’s lost wages that might have resulted from the discriminatory practices, according to the Justice Department.

— Antonio A. Prado

In-N-Out Burger is hiring for new store

In-N-Out Burger — which expects to open its Arroyo Grande location at 110 W. Branch St. in November — is now hiring.

Applicants must apply online first at

Personal interviews will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 at the South County Regional Center, 800 West Branch St., and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Mission Inn of Pismo Beach, 601 James Way, Pismo Beach.

Starting pay is $10 an hour, plus benefits.

— Stacy Daniel