CalChamber Releases 2014 Job Killer List

Apr 10 2014 - Minimum Wage, Time Off - HRWatchdog

The California Chamber of Commerce released its annual list of “job killer” bills yesterday, calling attention to the negative impact that 26 proposed measures would have on California’s job climate and economic recovery if they were to become law.

“The economic recovery is still the number one issue for Californians,” said Allan Zaremberg, president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce. “These bills pose a serious threat to our economy and, if enacted, would dampen job growth in the state. While it is encouraging that the list of new job killer bills is smaller than in past years, the unfortunate consequence of any one of these bills becoming law would be harmful to our economy. Protection of the job climate remains CalChamber’s top priority.”

Legislation included on the “job killer” list released today will change throughout the year as bills are amended or new language is introduced. The full 2014 “job killer list” includes these employment related bills:

AB 1522 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego) Paid Sick Leave — Increases employer mandates by requiring all employers to provide all employees in California with paid sick leave, and threatens employers with statutory penalties as well as litigation for alleged violations.

AB 2604 (Brown; D-San Bernardino) Disproportionate Workers’ Compensation Penalties — Increases penalties and costs for delayed payments and will result in disproportionate penalty awards that are significantly greater than the amount of the delayed payment.

SB 935 (Leno; D-San Francisco) Minimum Wage — Increases employer costs by increasing the minimum wage to $13 by 2017 and then increased thereafter according to the Consumer Price Index.

AB 1897 (Hernández; D-West Covina) Contractor Liability — Imposes liability on any contracting entity for the contractor’s  wage-and-hour violations, lack of worker’s compensation coverage, and/or failure to remit employee contributions, despite the lack of any evidence that the contracting entity controlled the working conditions or wages of the contractor’s employees.

AB 2617 (Weber; D-San Diego) Interference with Arbitration Agreements and Settlement Agreements — Prohibits the enforcement of arbitration agreements or pre-litigation settlement agreements that require the individual to waive his/her right to pursue a civil action for the alleged violation of civil rights.

2013 Job Killer Carry-over Bills
SB 404 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) Expansion of Discrimination Litigation — Expands the Fair Employment and Housing Act to include a protected classification for any person who is, perceived to be, or associated with an individual who provides medical or supervisory care to a listed family member.

To learn more, visit CAJobKillers.

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