Nicole Rice

Bill to unionize independent contractors withdrawn

By Nicole Rice, Policy Director, Government Relations

Capitol Update, 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 deadline requiring legislative approval of all bills with a state cost impact. Consequently, the measure is technically “dead” for the remainder of the year, absent any procedural or political maneuvers.

AB 1727 permitted independent contractors to organize and collectively bargain in units as small as 10 individuals with those who hired them for labor or services. It was approved on a partisan vote by the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee earlier this week.

Other CMTA-opposed measures that survived the deadline and continue to move include:

  • AB 2405 (Gatto, D-Glendale) – School Activities Leave Expansion
    Requires that 24 of the 40 hours available under the School Activities Leave each calendar year be paid time off.
  • SB 1166 (Jackson, D-Santa Barbara) – Parental Leave Expansion
    Requires all employers with five or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for workers to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption or foster care placement.
  • SB 1167 (Leyva, D-Chino) – Indoor Heat Illness Standard Creation
    Instructs Cal/OSHA to develop an indoor heat illness proposal for submission to the Standards Board for adoption by July 1, 2017.
  • SB 1234 (de León, D-Los Angeles) – Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program Implementation
    Provides legislative approval to implement the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, which mandates all private-sector employers (with five or more employees) that do not offer a retirement benefit to enroll their workers into this state-run program or pay a penalty.

More information on these and other labor and employment bills can be found on CMTA’s website.

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