168 Labor / Employment articles


Help CMTA Stop AB 1209 and SB 63
 Sept. 22, 2017

CMTA needs your help to stop two labor bills from becoming law. If signed, these bills will dramatically increase the litigation expense and exposure of all manufacturers, no matter your size. Governor Jerry Brown needs to hear from you … Ask ...
California manufacturers should prepare for changes in overtime rules
 Aug. 11, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a Request for Information (RFI) on the 2016 Obama Administration's Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rule that would raise the current salary threshold for exempt employees from $23,660 to $47,476 ...
Study raises questions about minimum wage increase
 July 7, 2017

A study released last week by the University of Washington analyzing the minimum wage increase in Seattle has found that jobs and work hours fell for the city’s lowest paid employees after the rise to $13 an hour last year. The study ...
Single-payer healthcare bill stalled for the year
 June 30, 2017

The Healthy California Act, the proposed government-run healthcare program, has been stalled in the state Assembly after Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) announced last week that he declined to send the bill to a policy committee for ...
New mandatory leave policy advances
 June 26, 2017

The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee passed a new statutory burden on small businesses. SB 63 (Hannah-Beth Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) will require small manufacturers with a minimum of 20 employees within a 75-mile radius to allow an ...
False impressions of wage discrimination could lead to public shaming
 June 9, 2017

The CMTA-opposed AB 1209 (Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, D-San Diego) passed out of the Assembly last week on a 48-19 final vote with several Legislators declining to weigh in. It is headed to the State Senate for further consideration. In its ...
Key Labor Bills Move to the Floor
 May 27, 2017

The Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees met last week to announce the bills they would release to the Floor of their respective Houses for a vote. Several measures advanced that if enacted could increase the risk of penalties and liability ...
Work week dispute ruling handed down
 May 12, 2017

In a unanimous ruling handed down this week by the state Supreme Court in the case of Mendoza v. Nordstrom Inc., No. S224661 (May 8, 2017), Californians may be required to work more than six consecutive days without overtime as long as they ...
State-run retirement programs may be in danger
 May 5, 2017

Whether states can continue with the development and implementation of government-run retirement savings programs for private-sector employees has become more uncertain. Last week, the United States Senate voted to roll back the Obama-era U.S. ...
Problem proposals
 April 7, 2017

Bill amendments continue to flood in as the Legislature takes a week’s break before returning to address the thousands of proposals still pending for policy and fiscal consideration. Among these recently modified measures are two bills ...
CMTA to testify before the Senate Labor Committee
 March 19, 2017

CMTA will appear before the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee this week on two measures:   SB 524 (Vidak – R, Hanford) will allow manufacturers to rely in good faith on the written advice received and published by the ...
Prevailing wage bill would extend to private construction
 March 10, 2017

A bill that could require higher wages to workers on many residential projects is scheduled to be heard by the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment on March 15th.  Assembly Bill 199 by Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) and the California ...
Governor Fills Management Representative Position on the Cal/OSHA Standard Board
 Feb. 17, 2017

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Ms. Chris Laszcz-Davis to the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board as the newest management representative.  The position has been vacant for some time with the passing of the previous ...
Another look at prevailing wages for companies with Risk Management Plans
 Feb. 2, 2017

The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee will convene this week to receive an update on the implementation and enforcement of SB 54 (Chapter 795, Statutes of 2013) authored by then-Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) and prompted, in part, by ...
Public discussions begin on indoor heat illness regulation
 Jan. 27, 2017

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (better known as Cal/OSHA) will hold its first IndoorHeat Advisory Committee Meeting on February 28 from 10am to 3pm in Oakland, California. The meeting has been convened in accordance ...
DIR having success with anti-fraud efforts
 Jan. 20, 2017

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has released a report detailing their success in combating fraud in the workers’ compensation system. With the aid of two legislative measures that became effective the first of this year, DIR ...
Labor issues in play – retirement, overtime & unemployment
 Jan. 6, 2017

ALERT: Employers are NOT subject to Secure Choice mandate in 2017 Contrary to what you may have heard, California employers will not be subject to the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Program (Secure Choice) in 2017.  In fact, ...
New Federal Overtime Rule Stalled Before Execution
 Dec. 2, 2016

A federal judge in Texas has issued a temporary injunction to halt the implementation of the new federal overtime laws that would have significantly changed how employers compensate and classify their nonexempt and exempt employees.  This ...
Workers' Compensation overhaul saves California money, study finds
 Dec. 2, 2016

Last week, the highly respected Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) conducted a comprehensive study of a major overhaul of the system enacted by Governor Brown and the Legislature four years ago.  The results ...
The passage of Proposition 64 & what it means for employers
 Nov. 17, 2016

Contrary to what many employers may believe, the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana does not affect your right to maintain a safe working environment for all your employees. Proposition 64 allows for the immediate recreational use ...
New federal overtime law begins December 1
 Nov. 4, 2016

On December 1, 2016, the new federal overtime rules will take effect and change how employers currently classify and compensate both their nonexempt and exempt employees. Manufacturers will want to make certain they have compliance strategies in ...
EEOC posts new online webinars
 Nov. 4, 2016

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has posted new online webinars related to the new federal EEO-1 reporting requirements and the new rules governing corporate wellness programs. Both webinars provide helpful information to ...
Mandatory retirement savings and new heat illness rules approved by Governor
 Sept. 30, 2016

There has been plenty of action coming from the corner office on the first floor of the Capitol as Governor Jerry Brown works to meet the September 30th deadline to sign or veto legislation. This week, he signed into law two bills that will set ...
New state law mandates electronic filing and payment for all employers
 Sept. 23, 2016

Beginning next year, all employers will be required to electronically file their employment tax returns, wage reports and payroll tax deposits to the Employment Development Department (EDD) in accordance with AB 1245 (Chapter 222, Statutes of ...
Governor approves overtime expansion for farmworkers
 Sept. 16, 2016

Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 1066 (Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego) that repeals the longstanding 10-hour daily overtime requirement for agricultural workers and requires growers to provide premium pay after the eighth hour of the day or ...
Secure Choice implementation plan heads to Governor
 Sept. 9, 2016

California moves one step closer to establishing a government-sponsored retirement savings program for private sector workers. SB 1234 (Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles), which happens to be the same bill number as the originating ...
Indoor heat illness regulation mandate heads to Governor
 Aug. 26, 2016

SB 1167 (Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia) passed its final legislative hurdle today and is now headed to the Governor for consideration. The bill instructs the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (also known as Cal/OSHA) to develop a heat ...
Bill to clarify tracking hours worked heads to Governor
 July 21, 2016

There has been a long-standing practice and interpretation of California law that employers are not required to track the hours worked by their exempt employees.  In response to a recent federal court decision challenging that notion, the ...
EEOC announces 2nd public comment period on Pay Data Collection Proposal
 July 15, 2016

On July 14th, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) opened its second public comment opportunity for the proposed changes to the EEO-1 pay data collection requirement for federal contractors. The 30-day comment period will end ...
Parental leave bill stumbles in Assembly labor committee
 June 24, 2016

In an unexpected turn of events this week, the maternity/paternity leave bill stalled in the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, where it should have enjoyed an easy approval along partisan lines. Three of the five Democrat committee members, ...
Two important announcements this week from the federal Department of Labor
 May 20, 2016

--- US Department of Labor announces finalized overtime pay regulations The US Department of Labor has released it finalized rule regarding overtime pay.  The rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed to ...
CMTA opposes repeal of overtime exemption for agricultural industry
 May 6, 2016

Manufacturers that provide goods and services to California farmers could soon see reductions in product orders if AB 2757  (Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego) becomes law. This CMTA-opposed bill eliminates the 10-hour daily overtime exemption for ...
Bill to unionize independent contractors withdrawn
 April 22, 2016

The question of whether or not independent contractors can unionize will not be answered this year. Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) decided to pull AB 1727 from consideration in the Assembly Judiciary Committee the day before the ...
Paid family leave expanded in California
 April 15, 2016

Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 908 this week to expand the benefit available under the state’s Paid Family Leave program, which provides partial wage replacement to California workers taking time to care for an ill family member and to ...
Bargaining units for independent contractors to form
 April 8, 2016

Manufacturers use independent contractors to perform many services critical to the production of their product; regulatory compliance and the maintenance of their facilities. A bill introduced by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) would ...
Legislature passes bill to set highest minimum wage in the nation
 April 1, 2016

Earlier this week Governor Brown announced he had reached a deal with initiative proponents to increase California's minimum wage to $15 over a period of 6 years and tie future increases to inflation. The Legislature heard and passed the bill, ...
First minimum wage initiative cleared for ballot
 March 25, 2016

Election officials have announced that the first of two proposals to increase the State’s minimum wage to $15 an hour has qualified for the November General Election ballot, having garnered the 400,000-plus signatures needed to place the ...
Regulatory updates
 March 18, 2016

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has recently issued numerous changes affecting key provisions of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Below is a summary of those proposals. It is important for manufacturers to understand ...
Special session on health care adjourns
 March 11, 2016

Last July, Governor Jerry Brown called for an extraordinary session on health care. Legislation introduced under this mantle does not follow the same committee and house deadlines, and hearings have been underway since. This week, Senate President ...
Indoor heat and illness standards proposed
 March 4, 2016

A new proposal seeks to begin the much anticipated discussion regarding temperature conditions for those working in indoor facilities. SB 1167 by Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) requires the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health ...
Answer CMTA's paid sick leave survey for small & mid size manufacturers
 Feb. 26, 2016

If you are a small to mid size manufacturer, your participation in our Paid Sick Leave (PSL) survey is very important to us. Understanding how PSL has impacted your operations will help us determine what changes to the law are necessary to support ...
State Design for Private Sector Retirement Plan Revealed
 Feb. 19, 2016

California is one step closer to formulating a plan for a government-run private sector retirement program. Recommendations prepared by an independent consulting firm are under consideration by the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings ...
Women's Caucus declares 2016 priorities
 Feb. 12, 2016

The California Legislative Women’s Caucus announced their 2016 budget and policy priorities during a recent press conference. Focused on securing economic opportunity for all women and families, their legislative agenda includes four ...
Dual minimum wage initiatives battle on
 Feb. 5, 2016

California voters are one step closer to having to decide if the state's economy can endure another serial wage increase. Last month, members of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) reportedly submitted 600,000 signatures to their ...
Assembly approves the "Double Pay on the Holiday" measure
 Jan. 29, 2016

Not without a fight, the “double pay on the holiday” bill passed the State Assembly this week and will now head to the State Senate for consideration and approval. This CMTA-Opposed bill originally stalled on the Assembly Floor last ...
USDOL issues joint employer liability rules
 Jan. 22, 2016

The US Department of Labor (USDOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has issued guidance on when companies can be classified as “joint employers” and thereby held responsible for violations of federal labor law under the Fair Labor Standards ...
Minimum Wage and the State Budget
 Jan. 8, 2016

Governor Jerry Brown presented his 2016-2017 State Budget proposal yesterday, Jan. 7th, in which he continued to demonstrate a commitment to fiscal prudence and responsibility. He spoke of the wisdom behind fiscal restraint and the need for ...
Double Pay on Thanksgiving, take 2
 Dec. 4, 2015

The debate over whether employers must provide double pay to those working on Thanksgiving will again take center stage when the Legislature reconvenes next year.  The previous attempt to move AB 67 by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez ...
Dueling Minimum Wage Proposals
 Nov. 6, 2015

The state’s largest labor union has announced the filing of a second minimum wage initiative, setting up a ballot rivalry between two factions of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) that could ultimately risk the success of both ...
Governor rejects CMTA-opposed labor bills
 Oct. 16, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown vetoed several CMTA-opposed labor bills. Among them are the pre-dispute arbitration prohibition (AB 465); the protected leave expansion (SB 406) and the salary inquiry ban (AB 1017). In rejecting these measures, the ...
Governor signs bill to provide limited PAGA relief regarding wage statements
 Oct. 12, 2015

Governor Brown has signed the CMTA-supported AB 1506 (Roger Hernández, D-West Covina), urgency legislation that will immediately grant employers an opportunity to cure specified technical violations in an itemized wage statement before they ...
Cal/OSHA proposes amendment to repeat violation regulations
 Oct. 1, 2015

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (better known as Cal/OSHA) has proposed expanding the definition of “repeat” violations of employee health and safety requirements that will significantly increase the incident of ...
Ask the Governor to veto these bills!
 Sept. 18, 2015

The fate of two CMTA-opposed labor and employment measures are pending before the Governor. If adopted, these bills will collectively increase manufacturers’ litigation exposure, legal costs and severely hamper your operational ...
Legislature bans salary history inquiries
 Sept. 11, 2015

Employers may no longer be able to request prior salary history from job candidates under a CMTA-opposed measure that was approved by the State Legislature. While the effort to reduce instances of wage discrimination is laudable, the challenge is ...
Anti-Arbitration ban approved by Legislature
 Aug. 28, 2015

The Legislature has approved the anti-arbitration bill and sent it to the Governor for consideration. Both Houses passed the measure along partisan lines with several Moderate Democratic Senators and Assembly Members opting not to cast a ...
$15 Minimum Wage Initiative cleared for signatures
 Aug. 5, 2015

Anticipating that legislation to move California to a $13 minimum wage by 2019 may not reach the Governor’s desk or earn his signature, proponents of raising the base wage rate have received sign off from the Secretary of State to begin ...
Rating Bureau finds workers' comp costs remain high
 July 30, 2015

California’s workers’ compensation (WC) premiums continue to grow at double-digit rates declared the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) in its recently released “State of the System” ...
Paid Sick Leave changes signed into law
 July 17, 2015

On July 13th, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 304  (CMTA leg info | expanded info) a bill by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) that provides clarification to California’s new paid sick leave law, the ...
California Paid Sick Leave law goes into effect
 July 2, 2015

California manufacturers have experienced many milestones over the past several years including the passage of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32); implementation of the workers’ compensation reform (SB 863); and the adoption ...
Family Rights expansion bill update
 June 26, 2015

The effort to expand the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) breezed through its first Assembly policy committee after having handily passed the State Senate earlier this month. SB 406 (Hannah-Beth Jackson, D, Santa Barbara) subjects more ...
New Cal/OSHA Chief
 June 19, 2015

Juliann Sum of Berkeley was appointed by Governor Brown last December and unanimously confirmed on June 11th by the Senate Rules Committee to lead the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Division of Occupational Safety and Health ...
Senate approves minimum wage bill
 June 12, 2015

Senator Mark Leno’s (D-San Francisco) minimum wage bill was approved by the State Senate last week and now moves to the Assembly for consideration. The bill passed with all but three Democrats supporting the measure. SB 3 imposes a 63 ...
Assembly Set to Vote on Bill to Limit the Use of Salary History in Hiring
 May 22, 2015

AB 1017 by Assembly Member Nora Campos (D-San Jose) would limit how employers can use a candidate’s salary history during the hiring process. Supporters argue that providing such information perpetuates gender pay inequality by preserving ...
Wage Lien Alternative Unveiled
 May 1, 2015

In an effort to address the growing difficulty in collecting unpaid wage theft judgments, Assembly Member Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) introduced AB 2416 last year that would have allowed an employee to place a wage lien on the real and personal ...
AG releases new resource guide to inform compliance with the CA Transparency in Supply Chains Act
 April 17, 2015

Since January 1, 2012, manufacturers have been required to provide consumers with better information about the working conditions behind the goods brought to market, pursuant to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act that was approved in ...
Telephonic hearings for UI appeals
 April 2, 2015

CMTA supports AB 944 by Assembly Member Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) that seeks to increase the utilization of telephonic hearings in unemployment insurance appeals hearings, which can make it easier and more convenient for employers to participate ...
KQED radio panel on CA jobs
 March 26, 2015

This week CMTA’s Dorothy Rothrock inserted California’s manufacturing jobs picture into an otherwise rosy KQED panel on California jobs. Sweeping manufacturing jobs data under the rug is bad for California's economy and middle ...
Take the Workers’ Comp Survey!
 Jan. 9, 2015

Are the workers’ compensation reforms working for you? Have your costs stabilized and fallen? Or, have the promises of huge savings come up short? Share your experiences with us by taking the Workers’ Compensation Action ...
Legislative Committee Chairs Announced
 Dec. 18, 2014

The state Senate and Assembly leadership have announced their committee chairs for the 2015-16 Legislative Session.  In the labor arena, Assembly Member Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) will continue to lead the Assembly Labor & Employment ...
Community College Board creates Workforce Education and Training Task Force
 Dec. 11, 2014

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has created a task force to develop and recommend policies and procedures that will make the community college workforce education and training programs more responsive to the needs of ...
Senator tries again for higher minimum wage hike
 Dec. 4, 2014

On the first day of the 2015-16 legislative session, Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) proposed raising the state minimum wage. SB 3 increases the minimum wage in two stages to $13/hour by July 1, 2017 and ties future annual increases to ...
New EDD system to improve and more accurately identify & process fraud claims
 Oct. 23, 2014

The Employment Development Department (EDD) is in the process of upgrading its 30-year-old computer system for a faster, more high-tech cloud-based system that is hoped to allow it to better ferret out suspected fraudulent claims. Using a $1.75 ...
2nd Comment Period Opens for Proposed CFRA Regulations
 Oct. 17, 2014

An updated version of the proposed amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) regulations has been released by the Fair Employment and Housing Council (Council).  This document reflects changes made in response to comments received ...
Job-based health premiums increasing
 Sept. 26, 2014

In a nationwide employer health benefits survey of more than 2,000 businesses by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust (Kaiser/HRET), findings suggest the average premium changes over time rose modestly in the ...
CMTA opposes changes to heat illness regulations
 Sept. 18, 2014

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has proposed revisions to the “Heat Illness Prevention Standard” found in Title 8, Section 3395. The announcement and draft proposal can be found here ...
Paid sick leave bill signed
 Sept. 11, 2014

California became only the second state in the Nation to require employers to provide paid sick leave to their workers in accordance with legislation signed this week by Governor Jerry Brown. Dubbed the “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families ...
Bad labor bills head for Senate Floor vote
 Aug. 15, 2014

Three of the year’s most troubling labor and employment bills advanced to the Senate Floor this week. Together, these measures propose to significantly increase the cost and risk of manufacturing in California: AB 1522 (Lorena Gonzalez, ...
President Obama signs federal workforce development reform bill
 July 25, 2014

President Barack Obama signed into law the first legislative reform of the federal workforce education and training system in 15 years. The“Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act” (WIOA) supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of ...
Legislature rejects higher minimum wage proposal
 July 3, 2014

The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee defeated a measure that would have resulted in a sharp hike in the State’s minimum wage. This action took place only days before the newly approved $1 per hour increase took effect July 1, ...
Liability bill for subcontracted employees passes another hurdle
 June 26, 2014

A bill to make employers legally liable for the wage and hour violations, workers’ compensation coverage, tax contributions and deductions and workplace injuries of workers obtained through a labor contractor or third-party staffing agency has ...
Minimum wage set to increase next month
 June 20, 2014

In just a couple of weeks, California’s minimum wage will increase from $8 an hour to $9 as a result of AB 10 (Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville), which was signed into law last year.  AB 10 calls for two increases over the next three years ...
Cal/OSHA abatement mandate moves forward
 June 13, 2014

The Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee approved a bill that creates a costly, double-appeals process within the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) that presumes an employer’s guilt and undermines ...
Bill blames employers for the plight of the working poor
 May 15, 2014

AB 1792 (Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles) would require the Department of Finance, in consultation with several other state departments, to develop and publish a list of employers who have employees that utilize certain public assistance programs ...
Another frivolous litigation deterrent bill defeated
 May 9, 2014

AB 2095 (Don Wagner, R-Irvine) was defeated this week in the Assembly Judiciary Committee after having passed out of the Assembly Labor Committee last month with bipartisan support. The measure would have discouraged frivolous lawsuits pertaining to ...
Another flexible work schedule bill defeated
 April 24, 2014

The latest attempt to provide workers with more flexibility in their work schedules was defeated this week by the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee. AB 2448 by Assemblymember Brian Jones (R-Santee) would have permitted an individual ...
CMTA joins comments on OSHA proposed disclosure rule
 April 4, 2014

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a rule that would require employers to report workplace injuries and illnesses on OSHA’s online database and make that information available to the public. The ...
New Liability for "Permatemp" Employees
 March 28, 2014

Manufacturers that utilize temporary workers in their operations could soon find themselves legally responsible for their wage/hour payments, workers’ compensation benefits, and workplace injuries and conditions according to recent legislation ...
$12-an-hour minimum wage plan gets shelved in California
 March 21, 2014

Ron Unz, a Republican who ran for governor in 1994, abandoned his plan this week to put a $12-an-hour minimum wage on the ballot. Unz had been arguing since last fall that the wage increase would be beneficial to all ...
CMTA joins petition re meal & rest period certification cases
 March 13, 2014

  CMTA and others have joined onto an amicus letter in support of a petition for review related to the Brinker Restaurant Corporation v. Superior Court meal and rest case.  At issue in the petition is the misinterpretation of Brinker as ...
Measure proposes changes to Family School Partnership Act
 Feb. 28, 2014

Employers with 25 or more employees working at the same location must allow a parent, custodial grandparent or guardian to take up to 40 hours off per year (with a maximum of eight hours per month) to participate in activities at their child’s ...
Complaint filed against Cal/OSHA over staffing
 Feb. 21, 2014

The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed an official complaint with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last week regarding the state’s inadequacy in enforcing California’s minimum standards ...
More minimum wage increases proposed
 Feb. 14, 2014

With the passage of AB 10 (Luis Alejo, D-Salinas) last year that raised the State’s minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016, California is slated to have the highest minimum wage in the country. Now, two additional proposals seek to increase that ...
Wage lien bill defeated
 Jan. 30, 2014

AB 1164 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D- Long Beach) would have allowed an employee to file a lien against an employer’s property for unproven wage claims. Due to a concerted effort from the business community, including CMTA, ...
Governor outlines goals for UI solvency plan in budget
 Jan. 15, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown released his 2014-15 State Budget last week, which discussed the current state of California's unemployment insurance (UI) deficit. His proposal projects that the balance of the state’s UI loan to the federal ...
Flexible work schedule bill defeated
 Jan. 10, 2014

In its first action of the new legislative year, the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment defeated a measure that would have granted individual workers the opportunity to choose an alternative work schedule.  It was voted down on a party ...
Governor appoints new labor agency head
 Nov. 8, 2013

This week Governor Brown announced the appointment of David Lanier as Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. He replaces Marty Morganstern, a long-time trusted advisor, who has served as Labor Secretary since ...
Evidentiary privilege for union to worker communications rejected
 Oct. 24, 2013

Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation to preclude disclosure of any confidential communication between an employee and a union agent when acting in their representative capacity. AB 729 by Assembly Labor Committee Chairman Roger Hernandez ...
Gov. Brown Signs SB 54
 Oct. 17, 2013

On Sunday, October 13th, the last day for bills to be signed, SB 54, Hazardous Materials Management: skilled and Trained Workforce, was signed by Governor Brown.  While SB 54 originally dealt with county employees' retirement, it was gut ...
Governor rejects duplicative Cal/OSHA appeals process proposal
 Oct. 18, 2013

Governor Brown vetoed a controversial bill that would have required a manufacturer to abate an alleged workplace safety violation prior to a final judgment as to the existence of the violation.     AB 1165 by Assembly Member Nancy ...
Governor approves minimum wage increase
 Sept. 26, 2013

As expected, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation this week to increase the state’s minimum wage to $10-an-hour by 2016. AB 10 (Luis Alejo, D-Salinas) requires a $1 increase in the minimum wage by July 2014, followed by another $1 ...
Increasing minimum wage on the table
 Sept. 12, 2013

We are hearing that AB 10 (Luis Alejo, D-Salinas) will be amended today that would increase the minimum wage by 25 percent over the next three years.  It provides for a $1 increase in the minimum wage in July 2014 and another $1 increase in ...
Juliann Sum to serve as CalOSHA acting chief
 Sept. 6, 2013

Christine Baker, Director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), announced this week that Juliann Sum will serve as the Acting Chief of Cal/OSHA following the resignation of Ellen Widess.  Sum joined DIR in May 2012 as a Special ...
Attorney's fees will be more difficult to recover in California wage disputes
 Aug. 29, 2013

This week, Governor Brown signed SB 462 (William Monning, D-Carmel) making it more difficult for a prevailing employer to recover attorney's fees for certain wage and benefit claims. Currently, attorney's fees may be provided to the ...
Unemployment insurance update
 Aug. 15, 2013

  California is currently $10 billion in debt to the federal Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fund. As a result, employers have been paying back that debt through higher and higher federal unemployment taxes. This tax will continue to increase by ...
Employer healthcare penalty bill defeated in Assembly
 July 26, 2013

AB 880 by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) that would have imposed the state equivalent of an “employer responsibility penalty” on large employers failed passage last month in the Assembly. The bill required a two-thirds ...
If your company hires foreign workers, READ THIS …
 July 18, 2013

Manufacturers who recruit and hire foreign workers could be treated as third-party contractors and saddled with new requirements and liabilities according to a bill being considered by the Legislature during these final weeks of Session.SB ...
Legislature considers increase in minimum wage
 June 21, 2013

Next week, on June 26th, the Senate Labor and Employment Committee will consider a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage by $2 an hour starting in 2014. As recently amended, AB 10 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) proposes to ...
Assembly approves bifurcated Cal-OSHA appeals process
 June 6, 2013

A bill opposed by CMTA, AB 1165 by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), was approved by the State Assembly and is now under consideration by the State Senate. This bill creates a double appeals process for serious, willful, repeat or ...
Companies could be liable for independent contractor damages
 May 9, 2013

SB 556 by Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) would make companies engaging independent contractors (IC) liable for damages caused by the IC if the public has reason to believe the IC is an employee or agent of the ...
Covered California report on individual premium costs
 April 4, 2013

In preparation for the enactment of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), California’s leading healthcare insurance authority, Covered California, released a report outlining factors affecting individual premium costs ...
Measures seek to expand worker protections & benefits
 March 29, 2013

CMTA is following three measures that seek to expand worker protections benefits under California law. These bills are reintroductions of unsuccessful efforts from last year that are now being championed by newly-elected State Senator Hannah-Beth ...
California opens website on healthcare changes
 Feb. 15, 2013

"Covered California", the state-run exchange program that oversees implementation of the federal healthcare reform act, launched a new website this week to introduce the state’s new healthcare reform program to California consumers. ...
FEHC pregnancy regulations approved
 Dec. 13, 2012

Amendments to the state’s “Pregnancy Regulations” proposed by the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) have been approved by the Office of Administrative Law and will take effect December 30, 2013.California employers with ...
Minimum wage increase proposed
 Dec. 7, 2012

Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) this week reintroduced legislation seeking increases to the state minimum wage rate, despite its defeat last legislative session. The new bill, AB 10, is similar to Alejo’s previous AB 1439 in that it would ...
Cal/OSHA Considers Updates to Hazard Communications Standard
 Nov. 21, 2012

Last week, the California Occupational Safety and Health Act Standards Board (OSHA-SB) held a public hearing to consider comments on the proposed rulemaking to address Globally Harmonized System (GHS) updates to the Hazard Communication Standard ...
California healthcare policy update
 Nov. 16, 2012

California policymakers have been on an aggressive course to expand and improve healthcare and its delivery in the state.  Several significant actions were taken this week in furtherance of that effort.The “Let’s Get Healthy ...
Pension program for private sector signed by governor
 Oct. 5, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown signed two measures that will create the first state-mandated pension program for private sector employees – SB 1234 and its companion bill SB 923, both authored by Senator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles). While SB 1234 ...
Governor Brown to call special session on healthcare reform
 Aug. 30, 2012

Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown (D) announced that he would convene a special session at the beginning of the next legislative year to focus on California’s remaining responsibilities related to the implementation of the federal ...
Two labor measures stall in fiscal committee
 Aug. 23, 2012

Two measures opposed by CMTA that would have expanded California employment laws were held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee last week. Absent any end-of-session maneuvers by sponsors or supporters, the bills are effectively dead for this ...
Trial lawyers seek to increase medical damage awards
 July 19, 2012

The Consumer Attorneys of California have sponsored SB 1528 (Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento) related to medical damages recovery. Although the bill in its current form doesn’t expressly address it, opponents, including CMTA, continue to ...
Employer-mandated pension program advances
 June 22, 2012

Despite lingering questions regarding program feasibility, employer liability and the State’s financial responsibility, SB 1234 by Senator Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) continues to move through the Legislature.  Having moved from the ...
Health insurance rate initiative for November
 June 7, 2012

Proponents of the “Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act” have submitted some 800,000 signatures in an effort to qualify the measure for the November election. The ballot initiative forces health insurance companies ...
Minimum wage bill awaits review by Appropriations Committee
 May 4, 2012

The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee passed a bill on a partisan vote that would link the state required minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index. The bill, AB 1439 (Luis Alejo, D-Salinas), would provide for an annual increase adjustment of ...
Two victories on the employment front
 April 27, 2012

A couple of bad for business bills failed to pass out of their policy committees by the deadline date this week. AB 1808 (Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara) was tabled for this year as the author requested the bill be pulled from committee review.  ...
Meal and rest
 April 13, 2012

The California Supreme Court issued an important decision this week regarding the responsibility of employers to provide meal and rest breaks.  In brief, the Court found that “an employer’s obligation is to relieve its employee of ...
Bill to allow wage liens against employer property heads to committee
 April 13, 2012

AB 2517 (Mike Eng, D-Monterey Park) would allow any employee, employee representative, or the Labor Commissioner to file a lien against an employer's real and personal property simply on the basis that the employee believes he or she has a valid ...
Discriminating against the unemployed in hiring
 March 30, 2012

A bill which would prohibit private employers from discriminating against currently unemployed applicants in the hiring process passed its first legislative committee this week.  AB 1450 (Michael Allen, D-Napa) was voted out of Assembly Labor ...
Carve-out from Meal Period laws
 March 16, 2012

For the past few years industries such as trucking, utilities and security guards have attempted, without success, to pass legislation to exempt them from the labor code meal period rules. CMTA has opposed these attempts, instead supporting a ...
Bill inappropriately intrudes into private hiring practices
 March 16, 2012

AB 1450 (Michael Allen, D-Napa) prevents an employer from making routine and legitimate inquiries into an applicant’s employment history because such questions might accidently reveal the applicant’s unemployment status.  Recent ...
Private sector employee pension system proposed
 March 2, 2012

Senator Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) has introduced a measure requiring employers with more than five employees to provide their workers with retirement or pension plan options. Business owners would be required to provide employer-sponsored ...
Single-payer healthcare bill on hold in Senate
 Jan. 27, 2012

SB 810 (Mark Leno, D-San Francisco), the single-payer healthcare bill, failed passage on the Senate floor on Thursday, but was granted “reconsideration” at the request of Senator Leno and could be brought up again as early as Monday when ...
Paycheck protection measure qualifies
 Dec. 16, 2011

A ballot measure that aims to prohibit labor unions and corporations from using automatic employee/member payroll deductions for political purposes has qualified for the November 2012 general election.  If approved, corporations, employee ...
Health insurance rate proposition filed
 Nov. 18, 2011

The non-profit Consumer Watchdog Organization has recently announced its filing of the “Insurance Rate Public Justification and Accountability Act” that would expand some of the concepts that were included under voter-approved ...
LAO reports on UI fund insolvency
 Oct. 28, 2011

The California Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program continues to be plagued with financial problems ever since the program became insolvent in 2009.  Following the 2007 economic decline, the state UI program began paying out more than it was ...
Paycards legislation vetoed
 Oct. 21, 2011

Siding with banks and employers, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 931 (Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa), a bill unions sought to restrict employers from using debit cards to pay employees. The practice of paying workers with debit cards carrying their ...
SCIF to lay off up to 1800 employees
 Oct. 14, 2011

The quasi-public State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) is planning to lay off between 1,500 and 1,800 employees in jobs by the end of the 2nd Quarter of 2012 – jobs officials say have been crowded out by evolving technology and business ...
Court hearing on meal & rest set for Nov. 8
 Oct. 7, 2011

More than three years ago, in July of 2008, the California Court of Appeal - Fourth Appellate District published their decision on the Brinker Restaurant Meal and Rest case. California law requires that employees get meal periods of at least 30 ...
California receives funds to review health insurance rates
 Sept. 30, 2011

California has been awarded $4.3 million in federal grant funding to update the state’s health insurance rate review process.  $52 million in federal funding was awarded nationwide.  Approximately half of the California funding, $2.1 ...
Health care rate control bill stalls in Senate
 Sept. 23, 2011

A controversial push to give state regulators the power to reject increases in health insurance rates stalled in the state Senate at the end of session. AB 52 (Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles) would have let the state insurance commissioner or the ...
Bereavement leave mandate on the Governors desk
 Sept. 23, 2011

A bill, AB 325 (Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach), to require employers to grant every employee up to three days of unpaid bereavement leave upon the death of a family member has passed the Legislature and now sits on the Governor’s desk. CMTA ...
Leave requirements for organ and bone marrow donations clarified
 Aug. 12, 2011

Last year, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 1304 (Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord), a bill that required employees to provide leave for employees making organ or bone marrow donations.  The legislation provided employees with 30 days of time off ...
Health insurance bill facing intense pressure for amendments
 July 8, 2011

The Senate Health Committee heard testimony on AB 52 (Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles) on Wednesday.  It would allow the Department of Insurance and the Department of Managed Health Care to modify, deny or approve health insurer rate hikes after an ...
Court sides with nonresidents on overtime
 July 8, 2011

Last week, the California Supreme Court ruled that out-of-state employees who work for California based companies are subject to California overtime laws during business trips to the State.  The decision is a result of a class action lawsuit ...
Governor vetoes card check legislation
 July 1, 2011

At the 11th hour, in a surprise turn of events, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 104 (Darrell Steinberg, Speaker pro Tempore, D-Sacramento) that would have established a “card check” to unionize farm workers instead of a secret ...
Assembly budget panel votes to keep Cal/OSHA Standards Board
 June 3, 2011

In Governor Brown’s May budget revise, he suggested the elimination of the Cal/OSHA Standards Board. This a board made up of both labor and business representatives that help the safety and health division develop regulations and help with ...
Paycheck protection ballot measure approved for circulation
 June 3, 2011

A ballot measure that would dramatically change the fundraising and political contribution opportunities of employee unions and corporations has been cleared by the Secretary of State for circulation and has already raised a reported $345,000.  ...
Assembly passes bill to ban credit checking by employers
 May 27, 2011

Last week, the Assembly passed, with only democrat party support, AB 22 (Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia) that would prohibit employers from running credit checks on potential employees.  The bill would not apply to individuals applying for positions ...
Minimum wage bill moving through the Legislature
 May 13, 2011

The Legislature is attempting to raise California’s minimum wage through AB 10 (Luis Alejo, D-Salinas). This bill would increase the minimum wage beginning in January 2012 from $8 to $8.50 and then automatically index the wage rate upward ...
Brown combines state agencies
 May 13, 2011

In an effort to identify efficiencies and savings in state government, Governor Jerry Brown has announced a plan to combine the State Personnel Board (SPB) with the Department of Personnel Administration (DPA) by July 2012.  The new entity ...
New system for health insurance rates a bad idea
 May 6, 2011

The California Assembly is considering a bill which imposes a new health insurance rate regulatory system. Proponents of AB 52 (Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles) argue that excessive rates impact access to care.  However, AB 52 will not cure the ...
Paid sick leave bill passes labor committee
 April 15, 2011

This week the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee approved AB 400 (Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco). The bill requires California employers to provide at least seven paid sick days for employees who work in California for seven or more days in a ...
Family leave expansion
 March 25, 2011

Once again the legislature will consider various bills that expand family leave in California.  Some are for bereavement leave, paid sick leave and an expansion of the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). Although all employers are subject to ...
Solution to improve UI access would have the adverse effect
 March 18, 2011

A newly introduced bill, AB 391 (Richard Pan, D- Sacramento), would require the Employment Development Department (EDD) to provide in-person unemployment benefit assistance in at least one comprehensive one-stop career center. CMTA opposes it ...
Labor agency re-org imminent
 March 11, 2011

Earlier this week the Senate Rules Committee took up the confirmation of recently appointed Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), Marty Morgenstern.  Morgenstern received support from Labor and Business organizations and ...
Employers face UI tax increase
 Feb. 11, 2011

Unemployment continues to soar above 12% in California and 1.7 million residents received Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits in 2010. The State has borrowed up to $9.8 billion from the federal government to pay out a record $23 billion in ...
Supreme Court to Review Another Meal Period Ruling
 Feb. 4, 2011

For several years California has been litigating the definition of “provide” in the Meal Period statute. Over a year ago the Supreme Court granted review of the Brinker v. Hohnbaum decision which would determine whether California law ...
New state labor secretary
 Jan. 7, 2011

In his first days in office Governor Jerry Brown begins to shape his new administration. Many of his appointments will have a significant impact on manufacturers. One such is his selection of Marty Morgenstern as Secretary of the Labor and Workforce ...
Join CMTAs anti-human trafficking working group
 Dec. 17, 2010

Earlier this year, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 657 (Speaker Darrell Steinberg), which requires that certain manufacturers disclose what they are doing to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their global supply chains.  The new ...
Brown makes Health & Human Services appointment
 Dec. 10, 2010

This week, Governor-Elect Jerry Brown appointed Diana Dooley as Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency. She will be an instrumental player in the implementation in California of the federal health care law. Diana Dooley is currently the ...
California's other budget deficit: the unemployment insurance fund
 Oct. 25, 2010

This week the Legislative Analyst’s Office released a report confirming that California’s unemployment insurance (UI) fund continues to be insolvent. This report looks at the history of the UI program, compares California's program to ...
UI fund still broken
 Oct. 15, 2010

California’s unemployment insurance (UI) fund continues to bleed. California employers are the only ones responsible for funding UI benefits which they pay through an annual tax. Due to California’s high unemployment rate and large ...
Call to Action Contact the Governor on SB 657
 Sept. 10, 2010

SB 657 (President pro Tempore Darrel Steinberg, D-Sacramento) empowers the Attorney General, (AG) to force certain retail sellers and manufacturers doing business in this state to disclose their efforts to discover and eradicate slavery and human ...
Union-only carve-out for meal periods
 Aug. 27, 2010

A bill that would give certain union industries relief from meal period liability, AB 569 (Bill Emmerson, R-Hemet), heads to the Governor’s desk. Currently all industries, businesses, and occupations are subject to a restrictive statute which ...
New rules on federal health care
 July 16, 2010

After the historic passage of the Patient Protection in the Affordable Care Act, the federal government is now working diligently to roll out a series of regulations related to Health Care Reform.   Earlier this week U.S. Health and Human ...
Anti-human trafficking policy mandate moves out of committee
 July 2, 2010

The Assembly Judiciary Committee passed, 7 to 2, SB 657 (Darrel Steinberg D-Sacramento) which mandates that manufacturers and retailers develop and disclose their company’s policy to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their supply ...
Status of labor & employment bills
 June 11, 2010

Between the Appropriations Committee and floor sessions last week the Legislature was busy moving bills along and slowing others down. In the area of labor and employment, several key bills were held in their respective Appropriations Committee ...
Senate dems announce job bill package
 Feb. 12, 2010

Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) revealed a 27-bill package on February 10th. He estimated that it would create 140,660 jobs. Some bills will use federal funds for transportation (SBx8 36 Correa), high speed rail (SB 965 ...
Unemployment funds in trouble
 Jan. 22, 2010

As unemployment continues to rise, it comes as no surprise that California now faces the largest unemployment fund shortfall in the nation.  The Legislative Analyst Office has forecast an $18.4 billion deficit by the end of 2010. As of now, ...
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