Restrictive Scheduling Bill Halted

May 31 2016 - Workplace Policies - HRWatchdog

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If SB 878 passed, retail, grocery and restaurant employers would face penalties and litigation if they change an employee work schedule with less than seven days notice, even at the request of the employee.

A bill identified as a job killer by the California Chamber of Commerce was held on the Senate Appropriations Committee suspense file on May 27:

  • SB 878 (Leyva; D-Chino) Mandated Scheduling Requirement — Eliminates worker flexibility and exposes employers to costly penalties, litigation and government enforcement, by mandating employers in the retail, grocery or restaurant workplace, including employers who have hybrid operations that include a retail or restaurant section, to provide a 21-day work schedule and then face penalties and litigation if the employer changes the schedule with less than seven days notice, even when the change is at the request of the employee. Senate Appropriations Committee, 05/27/16; Failed Deadline.

Other employment related job killer are awaiting action this week by the full Senate or Assembly:

  • AB 2879 (M. Stone; D-Scotts Valley) Employment Arbitration Agreements Discrimination — Unfairly discriminates against arbitration agreements and is likely preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act, which will lead to confusion and litigation, by prohibiting an employer from requiring an individual who is a member of the military to sign a mandatory arbitration agreement as a condition of employment. Assembly Floor.
  • SB 1166 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) Imposes New Maternity and Paternity Leave Mandate — Unduly burdens and increases costs of small employers with as few as 10 employees, as well as large employers with 50 or more employees, by requiring 12 weeks of protected employee leave for maternity or paternity leave, and exposes all employers to the threat of costly litigation. Senate Floor.

The next significant deadline for the California Chamber of Commerce job killer bills is June 3, the date by which bills must pass the house in which they were introduced.

For more information on the remaining job killer bills, visit

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