Nicole Rice

Governor rejects CMTA-opposed labor bills

By Nicole Rice, Policy Director, Government Relations

Capitol Update, 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 relied on many of the arguments raised by CMTA and others in the business community.

If these policies had become law, they would have significantly increased manufacturers’ litigation costs and fundamentally changed how companies operate in California. CMTA is pleased by this outcome and thanks the Governor for his thoughtful consideration of the impact these measures would have had on California’s manufacturing industry.

Veto messages for all three bills can be found below.

AB 465 (Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina) – would have precluded the use of arbitration agreements as a condition of employment.

AB 1017 (Nora Campos, D-San Jose) – would have prevented an employer from asking or requesting an applicant to disclose their prior salary history or compensation.

SB 406 (Hanna-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara) – would have expanded the persons for whom you can take leave under the California Family Rights Act to include grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and parent-in-laws.

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