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Just 2 of 27 ‘Job Killers’ Survive in 2014

Twenty-five of the 27 “job killer” bills identified by the California Chamber of Commerce in 2014 failed to become law in their original form.

The CalChamber released its annual list of “job killer” bills on April 9 calling attention to the negative impact that the proposed measures would have on California’s job climate and economic recovery if they were to become law.

The list below shows the final status of this year's “job killer bills.

Click on the bill numbers below for more information.

Costly Workplace Mandates

AB 1522 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego) Paid Sick Leave — Increases employer mandates by requiring all employers, large and small, to provide all employees in California with paid sick leave. “Job killer” tag removed due to 08/29/14 amendments, but CalChamber still opposes. Signed—Chapter 317, Statutes of 2014.

AB 2604 (Brown; D-San Bernardino) Exposes Employers to Disproportionate Workers' Compensation Penalties — Dramatically increases penalties and costs for delayed payments and will result in disproportionate penalty awards that are significantly greater than the amount of the delayed payment. Assembly Insurance Committee 03/13/14; Failed Deadline.

SB 935 (Leno; D-San Francisco) Minimum Wage — Unfairly increases employer costs by increasing the minimum wage to $13 by 2017 and then increased thereafter according to the Consumer Price Index. Failed passage in Assembly Labor and Employment Committee 06/25/14.

Economic Development Barriers

AB 1897 (Hernández; D-West Covina) Contractor Liability — Unfairly imposes liability on a contracting entity for the contractor’s wage and hour violations and lack of workers’ compensation coverage, despite the lack of any evidence that the contracting entity controlled the working conditions or wages of the contractor’s employees. Signed — Chapter 728, Statutes of 2014.

AB 2140 (Bloom; D-Santa Monica) Harms Economy — Eliminates jobs and chills tourism in the San Diego region by eliminating performances of Orca at SeaWorld San Diego. Assembly Rules Committee 04/09/14; Failed Deadline.

AB 2372 (Ammiano; D-San Francisco) Split Roll Change of Ownership — Originally unfairly targeted commercial property by redefining “change of ownership” so that such property is more frequently reassessed, which ultimately would have led to higher property taxes that would have been passed on to tenants, consumers, and potentially employees. With May 28 amendments, provides clarity regarding change of ownership of commercial property for purposes of reassessment in accordance with Proposition 13. CalChamber now supports. Held on Senate Appropriations Suspense File 08/14/14; Failed Deadline.

AB 2416 (Stone; D-Scotts Valley) Unproven Wage Liens — Creates a dangerous and unfair precedent in the wage and hour arena by allowing employees to file liens on an employer’s real or personal property, or property where work was performed, based upon alleged yet unproven wage claims. Failed passage in Senate 08/28/14.

AB 2420 (Nazarian; D-Sherman Oaks) Significantly Limits In-State Energy Development — Places California businesses at a disadvantage, increasing fuel costs, impeding job growth and suppressing property, income and excise tax revenues, by allowing local governments to impose local moratoriums on well stimulation treatments. Failed passage in Assembly Local Government Committee, 04/30/14.

AB 2617 (Weber; D-San Diego) Interference with Arbitration Agreements and Settlement Agreements — Unfairly prohibits the enforcement of arbitration agreements or pre-litigation settlement agreements that require the individual to waive their right to pursue a civil action for the alleged violation of civil rights. Signed—Chapter 910, Statutes of 2014.

SB 1017 (Evans; D-Santa Rosa) Oil and Gas Severance Tax — Unfairly targets the oil and gas industry with the burden of a severance tax on the extraction of oil and gas in order to fund higher education, health and human services, as well as the state parks and recreation. Held on Senate Appropriations Committee Suspense File 05/23/14; Failed Deadline.

SB 1021 (Wolk; D-Davis) Split Roll — Discriminates against commercial property through split roll by allowing a school district to impose a higher parcel tax against commercial property as opposed to residential property. Failed passage in Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee 06/25/14.

SB 1132 (Mitchell; D-Los Angeles) Significantly Limits In-State Energy Development — Places California at a competitive disadvantage, increases fuel costs, impedes job growth and suppresses property, income and excise tax revenues by imposing a statewide moratorium on well stimulation treatments until the completion of a scientific study. Failed passage in Senate 05/29/14.

SB 1188 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) Unwarranted Expansion of Product Defect Litigation — Significantly increases product defect litigation and associated claims by allowing consumers to pursue claims after the warranty has expired for “material” omissions regarding the product that are unrelated to any health and safety concerns. Assembly Judiciary Committee 06/05/14; Failed Deadline.

SB 1372 (DeSaulnier; D-Concord) Increased Tax Rate — Threatens to significantly increase the corporate tax rate on publicly held corporations and financial institutions up to 15% according to the wages paid to employees in the United States, and threatens to increase that rate by 50% thereafter, if the corporation or institution reduces its workforce in the United States and simultaneously increases its contractors. Failed passage in Senate 08/28/14.

SB 1381 (Evans; D-Santa Rosa) California-Only New Labeling Requirements and Increased Litigation — Increases cost of food productions and increases frivolous litigation by forcing farmers and food companies to implement costly new labeling, packaging, distribution and recordkeeping for products sold in California. Latest amendments remove private right of action that would have led to increased litigation on all entities in the supply chain if a product was not properly labeled. “Job killer” tag removed, but CalChamber still opposes. Failed passage in Senate 05/29/14.

2013 JOB KILLER CARRY-OVER BILLS

Costly Workplace Mandates

SB 404 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) Expansion of Discrimination Litigation — Makes it virtually impossible for employers to manage their employees and exposes them to a higher risk of litigation by expanding the Fair Employment and Housing Act to include a protected classification for any person who is, perceived to be, or associated with an individual who provides medical or supervisory care to a listed family member. Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee Suspense File 08/30/13; Failed Deadline.

Economic Development Barriers

AB 52 (Gatto; D-Los Angeles) Substantial Expansion of CEQA — Before amendments, created substantially more opportunities for CEQA litigation and gave Native American Tribes veto authority over land use projects by allowing tribes to determine what tribal resources required protection and mitigation under CEQA. Opposition and “job killer” status removed due to 08/22/14 amendments. No Position. Signed—Chapter 532, Statutes of 2014.

AB 1330 (J. A. Pérez; D-Los Angeles) New Double Penalties — Before amendments, discouraged investment and expansion in some disadvantaged regions of the state by doubling most fines and penalties issued by the Air Resources Board (ARB), Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and Air Quality Management Districts (AQMDs) on facilities located there. “Job killer” status removed due to 08/22/14 amendments, but CalChamber still opposes. Senate Floor 08/25/14; Failed Deadline.

ACA 3 (Campos; D-San Jose) Lowers Vote Requirement for Tax Increases — Adds complexity and uncertainty to the current tax structure and pressure to increase taxes on commercial, industrial and residential property owners by giving local governments new authority to enact special taxes, including parcel taxes, by lowering the vote threshold from two-thirds to 55%. Assembly Local Government 04/04/13; Failed Deadline.

ACA 8 (Blumenfield; D-San Fernando Valley) Lowers Vote Requirement for Tax Increases — Adds complexity and uncertainty to the current tax structure and pressure to increase taxes on commercial, industrial and residential property owners to finance local public safety, transportation, water and recreation infrastructure by lowering the vote threshold for bonded debt supported by property taxes from two-thirds to 55%. Senate Governance and Finance Committee 06/27/13; Failed Deadline.

SB 686 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) Safety Recalls — Exposes car dealers to significant liability and precludes them from selling a car despite the lack of actual knowledge that the car was subject to a recall, that may or may not pose any imminent harm to the consumer or renter. Failed passage in Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee 06/17/14.

SB 691 (Hancock; D-Berkeley) Dramatically Increases Pollution Penalties — Dramatically increases existing strict-liability penalties for nuisance-based, non-vehicular air-quality violations without adequately defining what types and levels of pollution would trigger those penalties. Assembly Inactive File 09/12/13. Failed Deadline.

SCA 4 (Liu; D-La Cañada Flintridge) Lowers Vote Requirement for Tax Increases — Adds complexity and uncertainty to the current tax structure and pressure to increase taxes on commercial, industrial and residential property owners by giving local governments new authority to enact special taxes, including parcel taxes, by lowering the vote threshold from two-thirds to 55%. Senate Appropriations Committee 08/29/13; Failed Deadline.

SCA 7 (Wolk; D-Davis) Lowers Vote Requirement for Tax Increases — Adds complexity and uncertainty to the current tax structure and pressure to increase taxes on commercial, industrial and residential property owners by giving local governments new authority to enact special taxes, including parcel taxes, by lowering the vote threshold from two-thirds to 55%. Senate Appropriations Committee 06/27/13; Failed Deadline.

SCA 8 (Corbett; D-San Leandro) Lowers Vote Requirement for Tax Increases — Adds complexity and uncertainty to the current tax structure and pressure to increase taxes on commercial, industrial and residential property owners by giving local governments new authority to enact special taxes, including parcel taxes, by lowering the vote threshold from two-thirds to 55%. Senate Appropriations Committee 08/29/13; Failed Deadline.

SCA 9 (Corbett; D-San Leandro) Lowers Vote Requirement for Tax Increases — Adds complexity and uncertainty to the current tax structure and pressure to increase taxes on commercial, industrial and residential property owners by giving local governments new authority to enact special taxes, including parcel taxes, by lowering the vote threshold from two-thirds to 55%. Senate Appropriations Committee 06/27/13; Failed Deadline.

SCA 11 (Hancock; D-Berkeley) Lowers Vote Requirement for Tax Increases — Adds complexity and uncertainty to the current tax structure and pressure to increase taxes on commercial, industrial and residential property owners by giving local governments new authority to enact special taxes, including parcel taxes, by lowering the vote threshold from two-thirds to 55%. Senate Appropriations Committee 06/27/13; Failed Deadline.

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