What Happens in the Middle Part of the Legislative Session?

Chris Micheli
Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

This is the second installment in a 3-part series about the major happenings in the legislative process pursuant to the California Constitution and relevant statutes. Part II is focused on the middle part of the Legislative Session, which is essentially the adoption of the state budget and consideration of bills in their second house. Part […]

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Legislative Intent and California Courts

Chris Micheli
Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

In determining the intent of the Legislature in enacting state laws, California courts have historically taken a limited view of legislative materials that can be used to determine intent. The courts generally rely upon certain types of legislative history documents to gain an understanding of the meaning of a statute and, ultimately, to apply the […]

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What Happens in the First Part of the Legislative Session?

Chris Micheli
Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

This is the first installment in a 3-part series about the major happenings in the upcoming Legislative Session pursuant to the California Constitution and relevant statutes. Part I is focused on the first part of the Legislative Session. Part II focuses on the middle part of the session, and Part III looks at the last […]

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2019 Brings Bans on Certain Settlement Agreement Provisions

Chris Micheli
Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

AB 3109 (Stone) takes effect on January 1, 2019 to make unenforceable any provision in a contract or settlement agreement that prevents a person from testifying in a judicial, administrative or legislative proceeding in response to a court order, subpoena or official request about alleged criminal conduct or sexual harassment. In addition, SB 820 (Leyva) […]

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2019 Brings New Lactation Accommodation Requirements for Employers

Chris Micheli
Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

AB 1976 (Limon) takes effect on January 1, 2019 to require an employer to make reasonable efforts to provide an employee wishing to express breast milk in private with an area in close proximity to her workspace that is not a bathroom. Existing California law requires every employer to provide a reasonable amount of break […]

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2019 Brings Clarity to Employer Use of Prior Salary History

Chris Micheli
Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

AB 2282 (Eggman) takes effect on January 1, 2019 and the new law will provide clarity to employers and job applicants on several provisions of existing California law that is intended to prohibit the use of prior salary history in negotiations between employers and applicants for employment.

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2019 Brings New Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

Chris Micheli
Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

SB 1343 (Mitchell) takes effect on January 1, 2019 to reduce the sexual harassment training requirement threshold from employers with 50 or more employees to employers with 5 or more employees, including non-supervisorial employees in the training. Existing law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) requires employers with 50 or more employees to […]

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2019 Brings Yet Another Minimum Wage Hike

Chris Micheli
Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

Just like earlier this year, because of the enactment of SB 3 (Leno) in 2016, California’s minimum wage is going up again. On January 1, 2019, the state’s minimum wage will be increased for all sizes of businesses as “small employers” will see their second wage hike in recent years. Under prior state law, the […]

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Attention Employers: What You Need to Know About Election Day

Chris Micheli
Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

Under California law, employers and employees have rights and obligations related to election day. These provisions of law are found in the California Elections Code as set forth below: If a voter does not have sufficient time outside of working hours to vote at a statewide election, the voter may, without loss of pay, take […]

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The Case for Proposition 11 on the November Ballot

Chris Micheli
Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

For the benefit of Californians across the state, the California Ambulance Association supports Proposition 11 on the November 6, 2018 statewide ballot and urges the state’s citizens to vote in favor of this important ballot measure. CAA’s members are private-sector emergency ambulance service providers. However, not only are we healthcare first responders, but also, we […]

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