Written by Gordon Webster, Jr.
The state Legislature is on its summer break, and there were four bills identified by the California Chamber of Commerce as job killers that remained active and can still pass after lawmakers return to Sacramento Aug. 21.
The following four job killers are still moving, waiting to be approved by the Democratic supermajority in the Senate and Assembly that never saw a regulation it didn’t like.
Take this summer to reach out to your lawmaker’s home district, and let them know these four bills, and many others like them, only drive more and more businesses to want to move out of state.
The CalChamber refers to this bill as the public shaming of employers. It would require the state’s employers to collect and report data to the Secretary of State on mean and median salaries of men and women in the same job title and job description, determine which employees do “substantial similar” work, and then have those reports posted on a public website. Obviously, the goal here is to have employers receive undue, unlawful scrutiny and criticism of wage disparities.
This new maternity/paternity leave mandate unduly burdens and increases the costs of small employers with as few as 20 employees by requiring them to provide 12 weeks of protected employee leave for child bonding. As per usual, it exposes employers to the threat of litigation.
This measure unfairly discriminates against arbitration agreements that are part of consumer contracts for good or services with a financial institution. This measure is likely preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act, and will only lead to confusion and costly litigation.
This measure creates uncertainty by giving broad discretion to state agencies to adopt rules and regulations more stringent than federal rules and regulations in effect. This increases the potential for costly litigation.