Chamber Opposes Bills that Limit Job Growth and Penalize Employers
The California State Legislature has been busy issuing new pieces of legislation over recent months, three of which the Chamber has identified as harmful to the growth and sustainability of the local business environment. Specifically, these bills reduce an employer’s ability to establish new jobs and jeopardize workplace management by significantly expanding leaves of absences for employees.
AB 5 (Gonzalez): The Opportunity to Work Act
AB 5 stunts job growth by requiring employers to offer current employees available hours of work as opposed to hiring new employees. If the business has more than 10 employees and operates in multiple facilities across the state, the employer would be legally required to contact all employees of that business in order to fulfill the mandate. This causes a significant burden on employers and places them at risk of litigation and costly fines.
SB 62 (Jackson): Unlawful Employment: family care and medical leave
SB 62 expands the family members for which an employee can take an extended leave of absence under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). Under this bill, an employee can take up to 12 weeks of leave to care for a family member not covered under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Upon returning to work after taking CFRA leave, the employee would have access to another 12 weeks of FMLA leave, totaling 24 weeks in a 12-month period. Under this bill, small employers would be hit hardest and would incur substantial cost increases and subject them to the risk of litigation.
SB 63 (Jackson): Unlawful Employment Practice: parental leave
SB 63 requires employers with at least 20 employees to provide an additional 12 weeks of protected parental leave. However, California already offers generous family leave, mandating that employers with at least five employees offer four months of protected parental leave. This bill will harm employers, who would suffer increased expenses for additional employment and face costly litigation.
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