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CalChamber Identifies Four Job Killer Bills

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The California Chamber of Commerce has identified four job killer bills that would have a negative impact on California’s economy if they become law. CalChamber will release the full list of job killer bills in the spring.

• AB 5 (Gonzalez Fletcher; D-San Diego/Kalra; D-San Jose) Hampers Ability to Manage Workforce Effectively.
Description: Unfair Scheduling Mandate. Burdens small and large employers with a scheduling mandate that requires employers to offer additional hours of work to employees before hiring a new employee or contractor and exposes employers to multiple threats of costly litigation for technical violations that do not cause an employee any harm.

• SB 33 (Dodd; D-Napa) Discriminates Against Arbitration.
Description: Discrimination Against Arbitration Agreements. Unfairly discriminates against arbitration agreements contained in contracts for goods and services and is likely preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act, which will lead to confusion and litigation by prohibiting any mandatory arbitration agreement that requires an individual to waive any claims for fraud, identity theft, or wrongful use of personal identifying information. 

• SB 62 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) Expands Employment Litigation.
Description: Significant Expansion of California Family Rights Act. Increases costs, risk of litigation and creates less conformity with federal law by expanding the family members for whom leave may be taken, which will provide a potential 24-week protected leave of absence for employers to administer.

• SB 63 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) Expansive Leave Mandate.
Description: Imposes New Maternity and Paternity Leave Mandate. Unduly burdens and increases costs of small employers with as few as 20 employees by requiring 12 weeks of protected employee leave for child bonding and exposes them to the threat of costly litigation.

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