California Update

2015 Shaping Up to Be an Active Year on the Legislative Front

Feb 18, 2015
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Since the deadline to introduce legislation in California is not until February 27, a majority of the bills that SHRM will be monitoring have yet to be introduced. However, two bills that have already been introduced and have caught the attention of employers in the Golden State include an effort to increase California’s minimum wage and legislation that would require employers to pay their employees double pay if they work on Thanksgiving or Christmas.

One bill that is certain to be introduced later this month is the SHRM-supported workplace flexibility legislation that would allow private employees and employers to establish an alternative work schedule. Assembly Member Brian Jones (R-Santee) authored legislation last year and has announced that he will be introducing a similar bill again this session. He and his staff have already requested input from SHRM and the CalSHRM State Council on ways of enhancing the proposal and helping to move the bill forward in the legislative process in Sacramento.

Other potential workplace-related bills that SHRM will be tracking and advocating on include a bill to allow employees to file liens on an employer’s real or personal property based on wage claims, veterans’ employment legislation, and possible modifications to last year’s paid-sick-leave proposal which becomes effective on July 1. In addition to these workplace issues, both the Senate and Assembly Democratic Caucuses have indicated that they plan to focus on income equality and economic security for women in the upcoming 2015-16 session.

Given the strong interest in workplace-related bills by the Democratic majority, it is essential that the voice of HR continues to be heard in California through SHRM’s presence in Sacramento and our Advocacy Team efforts throughout California. SHRM, in collaboration with the CalSHRM State Council, will continue to advocate on behalf of the HR profession in this bellwether state for workplace policy.

One way that SHRM members in California can stay informed and advocate with their state lawmakers is by attending the 2015 California State Legislative and HR Conference. This conference brings acclaimed employment law attorneys, national speakers and SHRM experts to the podium to deliver powerful and impactful presentations. Members should attend to learn more about ever-changing employment laws and current legislative issues in California, as well as the role of HR practitioners and business leaders in these unique times.

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