The California Business and Industrial Alliance is committed to fighting for a regulatory framework in California that allows small and medium-sized businesses to thrive. Achieving meaningful reform to the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) is our main goal. That means fighting against misleading legislation that does little to solve our state’s PAGA problem, as well as bills that could unnecessarily harm our state’s employers.
Learn more about California’s latest batch of bad bills, and what you can do to help us fight back.
SB 646 – Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004: janitorial employees. Bill Information.
This bill was introduced by Senator Hertzberg (D). The bill would exempt unionized janitorial employees from the Private Attorneys General Act. We need comprehensive PAGA reform in California, not a carve out for a single industry.
SB 410 – Occupational safety and health: regulations. Bill Information
This bill was introduced by Senator Leyva (D), the former president of the United Food and Commercial Workers and the California Labor Federation.
This bill would exempt any occupational safety and health standard and order from the standardized regulatory impact analysis requirement. The bill would also require an economic impact assessment to be prepared for the adoption, amendment, or repeal of any occupational safety and health standard and order, including for any such standard and order that is a major regulation proposed after January 1, 2022.
AB 616 – Agricultural labor relations: labor representative elections: representation ballot card election. Bill Information.
This bill was introduced by Assembly Member Stone (D), formerly with the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and trustee of the Scotts Valley Unified School District. The bill is sponsored by United Farm Workers.
This bill would replace union secret ballot elections with representation cards that only require the signatures of just 50 percent of employees to unionize a workplace — a proposal known as “card check.” While this method can make organizing workers easier for unions, it doesn’t necessarily reflect the will of a majority of employees.
AB 701 – Warehouse distribution centers. Bill Information.
This bill was introduced by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D), a former labor leader and organizer for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
This bill would require specified employers to provide to each employee, defined as a nonexempt employee who works at a warehouse distribution center, upon hire, with a written description of each quota to which the employee is subject, including the quantified number of tasks to be performed, or materials to be produced or handled, within the defined time period, and any potential adverse employment action that could result from failure to meet the quota.