Economic growth and job creation are the keys to making California a great place to live, work and do business. To help lawmakers focus on the full ramifications of proposed laws, the California Chamber of Commerce identifies each year the legislation that will hinder job creation. The job killer list highlights those bills that truly are going to cost the state jobs.

2017 Job Killer List

The California Chamber of Commerce identified four job killer bills on January 13 to call attention to the negative impact that the proposed measures would have on California’s job climate and economic recovery if they were to become law. Two more job killer bills were subsequently identified, bringing the total to six.

CalChamber will periodically release job killer watch updates as legislation changes.

The list of 2017 job killer bills follows:

Arbitration Discrimination

SB 33 (Dodd; D-Napa) Discrimination Against Arbitration Agreements — Unfairly discriminates against arbitration agreements contained in contracts for goods and services and is likely preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act, which will lead to confusion and litigation, by prohibiting any mandatory arbitration agreement that requires an individual to waive any claims for fraud, identity theft, or wrongful use of personal identifying information.

Affordable Housing Barriers

AB 199 (Chu; D -San Jose) Prevailing Wage on All Development Projects — Increases housing costs and discourages development by imposing prevailing wage on all development projects (private and public).

Increased Labor Costs

AB 5 (Gonzalez Fletcher; D-San Diego) Unfair Scheduling Mandate — Burdens small and large employers with a scheduling mandate that requires employers to offer additional hours of work to employees before hiring a new employee or contractor and exposes employers to multiple threats of costly litigation for technical violations that do not cause an employee any harm.

SB 62 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) Significant Expansion of California Family Rights Act — Increases costs, risk of litigation and creates less conformity with federal law by expanding the family members for whom leave may be taken, which will provide a potential 24-week protected leave of absence for employers to administer.

SB 63 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) Imposes New Maternity and Paternity Leave Mandate — Unduly burdens and increases costs of small employers with as few as 20 employees by requiring 12 weeks of protected employee leave for child bonding and exposes them to the threat of costly litigation.

Increased Unnecessary Litigation Costs

SB 49 (De León; D-Los Angeles) Creates Uncertainty and Increases Potential Litigation Regarding Environmental Standards — Creates uncertainty for businesses with respect to the federal environmental standards proposed to be incorporated into California law if backsliding occurs at the federal level in the future, and increases the potential for costly litigation by creating private rights of action under California law when certain events occur.

Bills Stopped

Since starting the job killer bill list in 1997, the CalChamber has prevented 93% of these onerous proposals from becoming law. Every job killer stopped means the state will at least do no more harm to businesses and their ability to compete in the national and global markets.

View the 2016 Graveyeard.

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