Status of labor & employment bills

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, 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 while several bad bills moved forward. The following is a quick snap shot:

Bills held in suspense/no longer moving

  • AB 1804 (Curt Hagman, R-Diamond Bar) Employment Training Panel (CMTA supported);
  • AB 1994 (Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley) Hospital Employees Workers’ Compensation Presumption (CMTA opposed);
  • AB 2030 (Mariko Yamada, D-Davis) Unemployment Insurance Self Employment Assistance Program (CMTA opposed);
  • AB 2727 (Steven Bradford, D-Inglewood) Applicant Criminal History (CMTA opposed); and
  • SB 1259 (Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord) Office of Economic Development (CMTA supported).

Important bills to be heard in their second House

  • AB 569 (Bill Emmerson, R-Hemet) Meal Period Carve-Out for Transportation (CMTA opposes);
  • AB 1827 (Juan Arambula, I-Fresno) Transfer Unemployment Insurance Resources to One-Stop Centers (CMTA opposes);
  • AB 2340 (William Monning, D-Santa Cruz) Bereavement Leave (CMTA opposes);
  • SB 657 (Darrell Steinberg, Senate President pro Tempore, D-Sacramento) Human Trafficking (CMTA opposes);
  • SB 1231 (Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro) Contracts with State – Human Trafficking (CMTA opposes);
  • SB 1304 (DeSaulnier) Medical Leave for Bone Marrow and Organ Donation (CMTA opposes); and
  • SB 477 (Dean Florez, D-Shafter) Outdoor Heat Illness (CMTA opposes).

Among the bills that were held, CMTA supported AB 1804 which would have stopped the diversion of Employment Training Panel dollars to the Department of Social Services.  CMTA also supported another bill held back, SB 1259, which would have created a position for a Secretary of Economic Development and Job Creation in an effort to reorganize government and maximize tools available for businesses.  Both of these bills would have gone a long way to help restore a strong economy.

Of the bills still moving, SB 657, which mandates all businesses to develop, implement and maintain a policy that shows how they avoid human trafficking and slavery in their supply chain, will soon take testimony in an Assembly Judiciary hearing.

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