Labor Issues for Manufacturing

VITAL LABOR BILLS MOVE TO THE FLOOR

By Nicole Rice, Policy Director, Government Relations

The Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees met last week to announce the bills they would release to the Floor of their respective Houses for a vote. Several measures advanced that if enacted could increase the risk of penalties and liability for manufacturers. Among them are the following:

  • AB 450 (Chiu – D, San Francisco) places manufacturers in the precarious position of choosing which governmental body to comply with at the threat of hefty penalties and possible legal consequences.
  • AB 1209 (Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher – D, San Diego) provides a false impression of wage discrimination where none exists thereby subjecting manufacturers to meritless public criticism and the potential scrutiny of competitors looking for talent.
  • SB 63 (Hanna-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara) creates a new burdensome leave requirement on manufacturers with as few 20 employees.
  • SB 562 (Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens) raises costs on manufacturers to pay for universal healthcare.

Measures that remained in the committees are essentially “dead” for the balance of the legislative year, absent any procedural action that could move the vehicles, or their contents, forward.