Legislative Policy Committees Reject Job Creator Bills
(April 23, 2012) Four California Chamber of Commerce-supported “job creator” bills are likely dead for the year, having been rejected by legislators in the first policy committees to review the proposals.
The following “job creator” bills failed to get enough bipartisan support in their initial policy hearings:
- AB 1789 (Morrell; R-Rancho Cucamonga) – Private Attorney General Act Exemption: This CalChamber-sponsored bill eliminates the threat of frivolous litigation with regard to ambiguous provisions of the Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders that have not been substantively reviewed or revised for the past 10 years. Failed to pass the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee on a vote of 2-5.
- AB 1804 (Valadao; R-Hanford) – Project Labor Agreements: Promotes job and economic growth by freeing up local funds through elimination of penalties on local government that prohibit project labor agreements. Failed to pass the Assembly Local Government Committee on a vote of 3-3.
- SB 1114 (Dutton; R-Rancho Cucamonga) – Reduces Wage-and-Hour Competitive Disadvantage for California Employers: Lowers costly daily overtime requirement for California employers by requiring payment of overtime only after 10 hours in a workday. Failed to pass the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee on a vote of 1-4.
- SB 1115 (Dutton; R-Rancho Cucamonga) – Workplace Flexibility for Small Employers: Alleviates the burden of unnecessary regulations by allowing an employer with 10 or fewer employees to implement an alternative workweek schedule at the request of the employees. Failed to pass the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee on a vote of 1-3. The bill was granted reconsideration.
These bills are a part of CalChamber’s 2012 Renew Agenda and will help position California for economic recovery.
For updates on the remaining “job creator” bills visit www.calchamber.com/jobcreators.
Staff Contact: Marc Burgat