Legislative Pipeline

PENDING LEGISLATIVE CHANGES

The following bills are currently pending in California. These bills have not been passed, yet.

Minimum Wage Increase –
SB 1162 Proposal to raise the state minimum wage to $7.25 on September 1, 2006 and to $7.75 on July 1, 2007, and indexing increases every year thereafter.

AB 1835 and 1844 Proposal to increase the minimum wage from $6.75 to $7.25 per hour effective July 1, 2007, and further increase it to $7.75 per hour effective July 1, 2008 and indexing increases every year thereafter.

Sexual Harassment Training –
AB 2095 Proposal too modify the current sexual harassment training statute by limiting the training requirements to employers with 50 or more employees in California, and by limiting the training requirement to supervisory employees within California. A recent rider to the bill would slightly modify the payday requirements, deleting the requirement that employees be paid at least twice per month provided employees are paid within seven days of the close of the pay period.

Independent Contractors –
AB 2186 Proposes a $50,000 penalty if an employer intentionally misclassifies employees as independent contractors in order to avoid unemployment insurance responsibilities.

Unemployment Compensation –
AB 2209 Proposal to void any agreement that prohibits an employee from pursuing unemployment compensation benefits.

Arbitration –
AB 2371 Proposal to eliminate an employer’s ability to mandate the use of arbitration to resolve discrimination claims under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Gender Pay Equity Violations –
AB 2555 Proposal to increase penalties for paying lower wage rates based on gender. Also would require employers with 50 or more employees to provide each employee with a written statement setting forth the employee’s job title, wage rate, and explanation as to how the employee’s wages are calculated.

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Original article by Robert E. Nuddleman, former associate of The Law Office of Phillip J. Griego.
 

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