The proposals introduced by legislators cover a wide array of issues. Below is a sample of some of the bills that we are preparing to engage on this cycle:
· SB 3 (Leno)- seeks to increase the minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2017 and tie future increases to the rate of inflation.
· SB 203 (Monning)- Would require the posting of a warning sign at establishments where consumers purchase a sugar-sweetened beverage in an unsealed beverage container, when it is filled by an employee of a food establishment.
· SB 406 (Jackson)- Expands family leave programs by expanding the population eligible and eliminates small business exemption for those with fewer than 50 employees and provides only exemption to those with fewer than five (5) employees.
· AB 67 (Gonzalez)- would require employers to pay at least two (2) times the regular rate of pay to an employee working on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
· AB 357 (Chiu)- seeks to require employers with 500+ employees in the state and with more than 9 locations in the United States to provide two week schedules to employees and pay employees a set number of hours for each schedule change made under a certain number of days.
· AB 471 (Harper)- Allows for a waiver of meal period requirement by mutual consent of employee and employer, so long as the employee doesn’t work more than 6 hours.
· AB 588 (Grove)- allows an employer with the right to cure a violation with regards to wage statements before an employee may bring a civil action under the Private Attorney Generals Act.
· AB 669 (Daly)- accounting for tips in minimum wage calculations for regularly tipped servers that earn the equivalent of $15 an hour and maintains a “qualified tipped employee” at a minimum wage rate of $9 an hour. Beginning on January 1, 2016 non-tipped or non-qualified tipped employees will have a minimum wage of $10 an hour.
· There are a handful of bills introduced by legislators to bring ADA reform and a “right to cure” to address the predatory lawsuit abuse by some attorneys preying on businesses.
As the CRA legislative advocacy team prepares to engage on a number of policy issues, your input and help will be critical. We look forward to engaging restaurateurs and food service operators on many levels, such as participating in legislative meetings in the Capitol or district offices, grassroots letter writing and phone call campaigns, Lobby Day, and/or peer-to-peer outreach.