Three California Chamber of Commerce job killer bills that will significantly increase labor costs and create more liability for employers are expected to be voted on in the coming days in the Senate and Assembly as the legislative session comes to a close on Monday.
California’s businesses are enduring historic economic hardship and challenges, so it is more critical than ever that lawmakers avoid saddling them with new and unworkable mandates that will slow the economy and further cripple the state’s job creators.
The CalChamber is encouraging members to urge legislators to oppose the following job killer bills:
AB 3216 (Kalra; D-San Jose) imposes an onerous and stringent process for specific employers to return employees to the workforce, which will delay rehiring and subject employers to litigation for any alleged mistakes.
SB 1383 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) significantly burdens small employers by requiring small employers with only five employees to provide eligible employees with 12 weeks of mandatory family leave, which can be taken in increments of 1–2 hours, and threatens these small employers with costly litigation if they make any mistake in implementing this leave.
SB 1399 (Durazo; D-Los Angeles) significantly increases the burden on non-unionized employers in the garment manufacturing industry in California by eliminating piece rate as a method of payment even though it can benefit the employee, creating joint and several liability for contractors for any wage violations or the employer, and shifting the evidentiary standards in a Labor Commissioner hearing to limit the ability for an employer to defend against an alleged wage violation. These additional requirements will encourage companies to contract with manufacturers outside of California, thereby limiting the demand and workforce of garment manufacturers in California.