California Update

Two SHRM-Backed Bills Introduced in California Legislature

Mar 6, 2015

February 27 was the deadline for California lawmakers to introduce bills for this session in Sacramento, and SHRM has identified at least two proposals that it will be advocating in support of this year.

Assembly Member Brian Jones (R-Santee), pictured at right below with SHRM members Deb Horne and Michael Kalt, has introduced an updated workflex proposal embodied in AB 1038, which would allow individual employees and employers to agree on an alternative workweek schedule that would provide for 10-hour workdays in a 40-hour workweek.

Currently, California overtime law severely hampers non-exempt employees from seeking individual alternative workweek schedules because of the requirement that overtime must be paid for time worked in excess of eight hours per day. AB 1038 is designed to provide these employees with a better work/life balance for their own benefit as well as the benefit of their families. SHRM and its affiliate the California SHRM State Council (CalSHRM) have worked closely with Assembly Member Jones in crafting a bill that addresses the needs of both employees and employers in the state.

Another bill backed by both groups and also sponsored by Assembly Member Jones is one that would allow private employers to voluntarily provide an affirmative preference to veterans in the hiring process. Other SHRM state councils, such as those in Washington and Arkansas, have been successful in advocating for similar legislation in their states with strong bipartisan support. CalSHRM, a strong supporter of the veterans community, is working closely with Assembly Member Jones to identify a Democratic lawmaker to sign on as a principal co-author of the bill in an attempt to garner as much support as possible for the bill from both sides of the aisle.

On April 9, attendees at CalSHRM’s 2015 California State Legislative & HR Conference will have an opportunity to meet with their respective state senator and assembly member at the State Capitol in Sacramento and advocate in support of both bills. In addition to the advocacy opportunity, the conference will feature acclaimed employment law attorneys, national speakers and SHRM experts. Members planning to attend will learn more about the numerous, ever-changing employment laws and other workplace issues in California.

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