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    September 06, 2019
    By  CalChamber  - September 6, 2019

    With just one week left before legislators leave Sacramento for the year, major bills having a significant impact on business remain to be voted on by the Senate or Assembly.

    Amid the ongoing discussions on many of the bills listed below, it is vital that job creators let their legislators know about the impact of pending proposals.

    As California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Allan Zaremberg has said, “The best lobbyists are a legislator’s constituents, because they know more about their issue than anybody else in California.”

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    The CalChamber is encouraging members to urge legislators to oppose the following bills:

    Job Killer Bills

    • AB 51 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego): Bans arbitration agreements made as a condition of employment. Banning such agreements benefits the trial attorneys, not the employer or employee. Governor Brown vetoed a similar measure last year and stated it “plainly violates federal law.”

    • AB 1066 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego): Passed Senate Appropriations Committee with amendments: Allows employees on strike to receive unemployment benefits if the strike lasts more than four weeks, incentivizing strikes, burdening employers, and potentially affecting the solvency of California’s UI fund.

    • AB 1080 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego): Amendments Pending: Provides CalRecycle with broad authority to develop and impose costly and unrealistic new mandates on manufacturers of all single-use packaging and certain single-use plastic consumer products under an unrealistic compliance time frame.

    • SB 1 (Atkins; D-San Diego): Unnecessarily threatens water supply reliability for millions of Californians and threatens to exacerbate California’s housing crisis and disrupt agricultural operations throughout California.

    • SB 54 (Allen; D-Santa Monica): Amendments Pending: Provides CalRecycle with broad authority to develop and impose costly and unrealistic new mandates on manufacturers of all single-use packaging and certain single-use plastic consumer products under an unrealistic compliance time frame.

    Other CalChamber-Opposed Bills

    • ACA 14 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego): Passed Senate Appropriations with amendments: Places an unreasonable contract prohibition on the University of California for support services.

    • AB 731 (Kalra; D-San Jose): Passed Senate Appropriations with amendments: Imposes a burdensome rate review process for health plans and insurers in the large group market.

    • AB 1478 (Carrillo; D-Los Angeles): Passed Senate Appropriations with amendments: Significantly amends current law regarding job protected leave for jury duty, victims of a crime, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking by creating a new private right action for potential employer violations.

    • AB 1482 (Chiu; D-San Francisco): Amendments Pending: Places rent caps on all rental housing in the State of California, including new construction, regardless of whether costs from utilities increase or capital improvements are made, thereby disincentivizing maintenance on existing units and new housing construction.

    • SB 749 (Durazo; D-Los Angeles): Passed Assembly Appropriations with amendments: Unnecessarily requires the disclosure of private employees’ personnel and financial data under the California Public Records Act as well as private employers’ trade secrets.

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