LEGISLATIVE BILL WATCH

Posted: September 27, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Below is a summary of bills that we are focused on that impact the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate sectors, during the final two weeks of the 2019 Session.  The Governor has until Midnight on October 13 to sign or veto measures on his Desk.   AB 5 (Gonzalez D) Worker status: employees and independent contractors. Summary: Addresses the Dynamex Court case on independent contractors. Amendments exempting commercial real estate brokers and brokerage firms are in the bill. Negotiating ...

GOVERNOR’S SIGNING MESSAGE ON AB 5

Posted: September 27, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
“To Members of the California Assembly: Assembly Bill 5 is landmark legislation for workers and our economy. It will help reduce worker misclassification-workers being wrongly classified as ‘independent contractors,’ rather than employees, which erodes basic worker protections like the minimum wage, paid sick days and health insurance benefits. The hollowing out of our middle-class has been 40 years in the making, and the need to create lasting economic security for our workforce demands action. ...

CALCHAMBER STATEMENT ON AB 5

Posted: September 27, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The California Chamber of Commerce today released the following statement on AB 5 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego): “CalChamber is pleased with the number of professions that AB 5 recognizes should not fall under the independent contractor test set forth in the Dynamex decision. AB 5 provides clarity and certainty for those industries. The fact that the Legislature recognized in AB 5 — and in related legislation — that so many professions and industries include workers who are not appropriately classified ...

LACTATION ROOM BILL SENT TO GOVERNOR

Posted: September 27, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
On A 57-13 vote in the Assembly, and then a 28-11 vote in the Senate, the amended bill dealing with lactation rooms in workplaces has been sent to Governor Gavin Newsom. SB 142 (Weiner; D-San Francisco) initially sought to require lactation rooms in all buildings, was amended twice in the last two weeks to take the building code provisions out of the bill.  While this is a improvement to the bill, we have remained opposed to the bill in light of the fact that that AB 1976 (Limon; D-Santa Barbara) ...

RENT CAP / “JUST CAUSE” BILL SENT TO GOVENOR

Posted: September 27, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
A bill that seeks to bring residential rent caps to California, AB 1482 (Chiu; D-San Francisco), passed the Senate 25-10, and then passed the Assembly 48-25.  A “grand deal” between the Governor and supporters of the bill came together several weeks ago which all but guaranteed passage of the controversial measure.  This bill has been a top priority for us to defeat. However, the deal points with the Governor has pushed many of our allied opposing groups accept the compromise language.  The ...

FINAL WEEK OF LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Posted: September 6, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The final week of the 2019 Legislative year is upon us.  The Legislature is feverishly working its way through hundreds of bills that will impact our state and your business before they adjourn sometime around Midnight next Friday. There are still many significant pieces of legislation that will impact our industry that we are following closely, including bills to drastically change independent contracting, add strike benefits to public employee unions, address housing, and much much more.  Read More →

LACTATION ROOM MANDATE ON ASSEMBLY FLOOR

Posted: September 6, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
SB 142 (Weiner; D-San Francisco) the bill seeking to require lactation rooms in all buildings, will be voted on next week.  We have opposed the bill all year as redundant in light of the fact that AB 1976 (Limon; D-Santa Barbara) was just signed last year and was substantially similar; and we have specifically objected to the fact that this bill sought to mandate significant building code requirements, would increase the potential for PAGA lawsuits, and had no ability for workplaces that cannot ...

RENT CAP / “JUST CAUSE” BILL PASSES SUSPENSE

Posted: September 6, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
A bill that seeks to bring residential rent caps to California, AB 1482 (Chiu; D-San Francisco), will be heard next week.  A “grand deal” between the Governor and supporters of the bill has come together. This bill has been a top priority for us to defeat. However, the deal points with the Governor has pushed many of our allied opposing groups accept the compromise language.  The new bill is in print today and we are working to analyze its impact on our industry. For the time being we remain ...

DYNAMEX/GIG ECONOMY BILL UP NEXT WEEK

Posted: September 6, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Since 1989, California courts and regulators applied a set of rules called the Borello test for deciding whether a worker was an independent contractor. This approach weighed nine different factors to account for the variety of California industries and professions that would be regulated. Despite this test being used for over three decades, the California Supreme Court made a surprising and unprecedented departure in April 2018 by replacing these nine factors with a one-size-fits-all approach consisting ...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2019

Posted: September 6, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Below is a summary of bills that we are focused on that impact the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate sectors, during the final two weeks of the 2019 Session. Bills on the Senate Floor: AB 5 (Gonzalez D) Worker status: employees and independent contractors. Summary: Addresses the Dynamex Court case on independent contractors.  Amendments exempting commercial real estate brokers and brokerage firms are in the bill.  Negotiating final amendments regarding business-to-business transactions ...
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