The Legislature’s deadline for introducing new proposed laws has come and gone and the table is largely set for the year ahead, which is the second and final year of this legislative session. Since Jan. 1, 2014, 2,028 pieces of legislation have been introduced.
The year will be colored by the June primary and November general elections, the state’s persistent drought, and the thirst by many lawmakers to challenge Governor Brown’s continued fiscal discipline, as the Governor continues send signals to the legislature that he intends to proceed very cautiously on new spending and continue progress on stabilizing California’s state budget for the longer term.
Of the newly introduced bills, the following is an overview of proposals affecting the industry:
- AB 1522 (Gonzalez) – Paid sick days: Would require employers to provide paid sick leave at a rate of one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked. Accrued paid sick days carry over to the following year, however, an employer may limit an employee’s use of paid sick days to 24 hours or three days in a calendar year.
- AB 1965 (Yamada) – Outdoor dining facilities: Would explicitly allow pet dogs on restaurant patios under certain circumstances.
- AB 2130 (Pan) – Retail Food Code: Placeholder bill intended to serve as vehicle to repeal or change recently enacted no bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods law.
- AB 2644 (Nazarian) – Toilet facilities: Requires each toilet stall in toilet facilities open to the public to contain a waste receptacle.
- SB 935 (Leno) – Minimum wage: Increases the minimum wage to $11 per hour in 2015, $12 per hour in 2016, $13 per hour in 2017 and beginning 2018, the state minimum wage would be adjusted annually with the rate of inflation.
- SB 1000 (Monning) – Sugar-sweetened beverages warning label: Requires all sugar-sweetened beverages, containing more than 75 calories per 12 oz. serving to display a warning that clearly states the following: “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.” Beverages include bottles, cans, vending machine dispensers and restaurants.
- SB 1042 (Calderon) – Baby changing tables: Requires food facilities to provide a baby changing table within or adjacent to toilet rooms, unless doing so would result in noncompliance with ADA requirements.SB 1138 (Padilla) – Seafood fraud: Would require any label of fresh, frozen or processed fish or shellfish offered for sale at wholesale or retail to clearly identify the species of fish or shellfish by its common name.
- SB 1350 (Lara) – Baby changing tables: would require baby changing tables in any place of public accommodation that provides restroom facilities for the public and installs new, or substantially renovated facilities.
- SB 1381 (Evans) – Food labeling: Would require labelling of genetically engineered foods.