Decision Time Looms for ‘Job Killer’ Bills in Senate​​​​​​​​

Aug 6 2014 - Time Off, Workers' Compensation - HRWatchdog

The Senate Appropriations Committee delayed action on four “job killer” bills Monday pending consideration of their fiscal impacts. A fifth “job killer” awaits a vote by the entire Senate.

Senate Appropriations Suspense File

The following California Chamber of Commerce-opposed “job killer” bjob-killersills were sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee Suspense File to be considered again on August 14:

AB 1522 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego) Paid Sick Leave. Increases employer mandates by requiring all employers, large and small, to provide all employees in California with paid sick leave, and threatens employers with statutory penalties and litigation under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) for alleged violations.

AB 1897 (R. Hernández; D-West Covina) Contractor Liability. Imposes liability on a contracting entity for the contractor’s wage and hour violations and lack of workers’ compensation coverage, despite the lack of any evidence that the contracting entity controlled the working conditions or wages of the contractor’s employees.

AB 2416 (Stone; D-Scotts Valley) Unproven Wage Liens. Creates a dangerous and unfair precedent in the wage-and-hour arena by allowing employees to file liens on an employer’s real or personal property, or property where work was performed, based upon alleged yet unproven wage claims.

On Senate Floor

Awaiting a vote by the entire Senate is CalChamber-opposed AB 2617 (Weber; D-San Diego) Interference with Arbitration Agreements and Settlement Agreements. Unfairly prohibits the enforcement of arbitration agreements or pre-litigation settlement agreements that require the individual to waive their right to pursue a civil action for the alleged violation of civil rights.

Action Needed

CalChamber urges members to contact their senators to ask them to oppose these “job killer” bills.

Easy-to-edit sample letters are available at www.calchambervotes.com.​

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