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The California Legislature opened the 2017-18 session earlier this month with Democrats enjoying a supermajority in both the Senate and the Assembly. Democratic leaders in Sacramento quickly made headlines when they hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help position them to possibly challenge actions by the Trump administration that they (and possibly other states) feel go too far, particularly in the area of immigration law and other statutes impacting the workplace and the country. California employers and sole HR practitioners are also watching developments in Washington, D.C., specifically President Donald Trump's promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and how that will affect the future of California's health exchange, Covered CA.
The deadline for bills to be introduced this session is February 17; however, multiple bills that will impact HR professionals have already been introduced, including a prohibition on inquiring about an applicant's salary history, an expansion of parental leave and a requirement that employers offer additional hours of work to an existing employee before hiring additional workers. This session is sure to be filled with numerous pieces of legislation impacting the workplace, and SHRM will monitor developments and act accordingly as these bills are considered throughout the year. See a complete summary of the California workplace bills that were signed into law in 2016.
If you want to stay up-to-date on California HR public-policy issues, be sure to attend CalSHRM's 2017 California State Legislative & HR Conference from April 19-21 in Sacramento. This conference is where key business decision-makers, business owners, senior-level officers, mid-level management and human resource professionals come to learn about important California and federal legislation and employment issues that are currently impacting their business or will do so in the future. Register for the conference.
If you have any questions on workplace public policy in California, please contact Jason Gabhart at either Jason.Gabhart@shrm.org or (916) 403-3465.
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