Jarrell Cook

Bill to give union representatives evidentiary privileges to be heard in committee

By Jarrell Cook, Associate Policy Director

Capitol Update, June 18, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

AB 3121 by Assembly Member Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) is set to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 19. The bill would expand the evidentiary privileges given to attorneys and physicians to union agents when they are conversing with employees of a company represented by their union. AB 3121 would make both the union agent and employee the holder of the privilege, allowing the union agent to prevent the employee from disclosing the content of their own communications with the agent, even if it impedes the resolution of a workplace investigation.

This bill puts California manufacturers at a significant disadvantage when addressing issues such as claims of sexual harassment and other workplace safety issues and may hinder timely resolutions.

Governor Brown vetoed a similar bill, AB 729 in 2013. CMTA is working with a coalition of business and industry groups to oppose this measure.

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