The legislature faced another key deadline, the House of Origin deadline. This deadline required legislators to take up their measures for a floor vote and pass in order to keep it alive. Legislation that was not approved by the house of origin by Friday, June 3rd is now dead for the year.
After the marathon set of Floor Sessions last week in the Assembly and Senate, several hundred bills were taken up for a vote in a three-day period. Several bills that the CRA opposes passed in their house of origin and one died. Below is a list of the bills that were taken up last week, which faced the June 3rd deadline:
- AB 1676 (Campos – D): Prohibits an employer from asking a job applicant for their salary history, and requires an employer to provide a job applicant a salary range for a position. The legislation is well intentioned, but is filled with legal loopholes and exposes employers to costly litigation. Governor Brown vetoed similar legislation last year. The bill was passed in the Assembly, and is now in the Senate.
- AB 2121 (Gonzalez – D): Requires the ABC to establish a list of approved Responsible Interventions for Beverage Servers (RIBS) training courses by 2020 and requires alcohol servers to complete training within three months of employment and every three years thereafter. The bill was passed in the Assembly, and is now in the Senate and will be amended to address CRA concerns.
- AB 2261 (Hernandez): Allows the DLSE to investigate, cite, or file action against an employer at any time, either with or without an employee complaint, for discharging or discriminating against any employee in violation of any law under the Labor Commissioner. The bill was passed in the Assembly, and is now in the Senate.
- AB 2405 (Gatto – D): Would have required employers with 25 or employees to provide an employee, who is a parent with children in child care through 12 grade, with eight (8) hours of paid time off annually to take time off to participate in school activities, enroll/re-enroll in school, or emergency situation. The bill DIED in the Assembly.
- SB 1063 (Hall – D): Expands on existing law (Gender Equity law) to also prohibit an employer from paying any of its employees at a wage less than the rates paid to employees of another race or ethnicity for substantially similar work. Existing law already prohibits discrimination based on race and ethnicity. Well intentioned indeed, but as with many labor laws, this one is fraught with litigation traps. The bill was passed in the Senate, and now is in the Assembly.
- SB 1166 (Jackson – D): Requires employers with 10 or more employees to provide 12 weeks of protected employee leave for maternity or paternity leave, and exposes all employers to the threat of costly litigation. The bill was passed in the Senate, and now is in the Assembly.
- SB 1167 (Leyva – D): Directs CalOSHA to adopt regulations for indoor workers to prevent indoor heat illness. The bill does not prohibit the division from proposing a standard that limits the application of high heat provisions to certain employment facilities. This bill is unnecessary as current regulations already require employers to identify and address workplace hazards, including the risk of heat illness in indoor workplaces. The bill was passed in the Senate, and now is in the Assembly.
- SB 1234 (De Leon – D): State Run Retirement Program for Private Sector Employees. Potentially creates liabilities, costs and administrative burdens for employers by creating a mandated state-run retirement savings program for private sector employees without sufficiently addressing liability, costs and whether the program is subject to the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The bill was passed in the Senate, and now is in the Assembly.