Each year the California Chamber of Commerce releases a list of “job killer” bills to identify legislation that will decimate economic and job growth in California. The CalChamber will track the bills throughout the legislative session and work to educate legislators about the serious consequences these bills will have on the state.
In 2014, the proposed “job killer” bills threaten California employers with costly workplace mandates, economic development barriers, unnecessary regulation and inflated liability costs.
The 2014 “job killer” list follows.
COSTLY WORKPLACE MANDATES
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 as well as litigation for alleged violations.
Early Activity on ‘Job Killer’ Bills in 2014
AB 59 (Bonta; D-Alameda) Split Roll Parcel Tax — Potentially increases the tax burden on businesses by permitting local agencies to assess a higher parcel tax on commercial property than residential property, overturning an appellate decision that determined such taxes were unconstitutional. Missed deadline to pass from policy committee to fiscal committee in the house in which it was introduced. With 1/06/14 amendments, “job killer” status removed. CalChamber is opposed unless amended.
AB 1164 (Lowenthal; D-Long Beach) 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. Missed deadline to pass the house in which it was introduced. Held on the Assembly Floor Inactive File 1/31/14
SB 529 (Leno; D-San Francisco) Disposable Fast-Food Container Ban — Places an unworkable ban on disposable food services containers or single-use carryout bags, unless they can meet an increasing recycling threshold that will reach 75% on July 1, 2020. Held on the Senate Appropriations Suspense File, 1/24/14.
SB 626 (Beall; D–San Jose) Massive Workers’ Compensation Cost Increase — Unravels many of the employer cost-saving provisions in last year’s workers’ compensation reform package and results in employers paying nearly $1 billion in benefit increases to injured workers without an expectation that the increases will be fully offset by system savings. Missed deadline to pass from policy committee to fiscal committee in the house in which it was introduced, 1/17/14.
SB 747 (DeSaulnier; D-Concord) Unnecessary New Regulatory Scheme — Establishes a costly, duplicative, and burdensome program that requires the Department of Public Health to regulate manufacturers of consumer products that the department determines contribute to a significant public health epidemic (i.e., obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease), and allows the department to restrict or prohibit the sale of such products. With 1/06/14 amendments, “job killer” status removed. CalChamber still opposes.
SB 761 (DeSaulnier; D-Concord) Expansion of Paid Family Leave Program — Transforms the paid family leave program from a wage replacement program into a new protected leave of absence that will burden small and large businesses by allowing an employee to file litigation for any alleged retaliation or discrimination as a result of their intent, request, or use of the paid family leave program. With 1/06/14 amendments, “job killer” status removed. CalChamber has no position.
To view 2013 “job killer” list, click here