With a Friday deadline for fiscal committees to report bills to the floor, the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees have determined the future of all remaining legislation that significantly impacts the state’s budget, not those of employers. The Senate considered more than 300 items while the Assembly had nearly 150 on the docket.
AB 1522 (Gonzales – D) Paid Sick Leave Mandate – OPPOSE
Requires an employer to provide an employee with paid sick days, to be accrued at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked. An employer may limit an employee’s use of paid sick days to 24 hours or three days in each calendar year. The legislation puts California employers at a competitive disadvantage while inviting lawsuits.
AB 1792 (Gomez – D) Report on Employers – OPPOSE
Requires the the state government to develop and publish a list of California employers who have 25 or more employees using public assistant benefits. The goal of the is to determine the average per-individual cost to the state to provide the benefits and report the total cost to the state of the aggregated benefits provided to each identified employers’ employees. The bill is an attempt to create such a list to “shame” employers based on any employees that may use any public assistance, while completely neglecting to include the same company’s state tax contributions in the report. The effect of the bill will be to shame the companies who provide entry level, part-time jobs.
AB 1897 (Hernandez – D) Labor Contracting – OPPOSE
Requires companies to share all responsibility and liability with their labor contractors regarding the following: payment of wages; reporting and payment of required employer contributions; worker contributions and personal income tax withholdings; and worker's compensation coverage. The bill would disproportionately affect small businesses, making them liable for violations committed by their third-party contractors.
AB 2416 (Stone – D) Wage Liens – OPPOSE
Allows employees to record liens against their employers’ real and personal property for an “alleged” unpaid wage or other compensation owed to the employee. The bill would give an independent contractor the ability to hold any property on which they performed work hostage due to an alleged wage violations by their employer.
Each house places legislation in a “suspense file” where they can compare the fiscal implications to the state budget to decide what can be afforded. Bills that do not pass out of committee, and are held in the suspense file, are dead for the year.
All legislation that passed out of the appropriations committees will now move to the respective floors of each house for a vote by the full body. Each house will have until midnight Aug. 31 to either approve or disapprove the remaining legislation.