2018 Brings New Protections for Employee Whistleblower Complaints

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

On October 3, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 306 (Hertzberg – Van Nuys) as Chapter 460, which takes effect on January 1, 2018. This bill substantially changes the laws regarding employee retaliation actions and tips the scales in favor of employees. Under SB 306, the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) is authorized […]

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2018 Brings New Protections for Job Applicants with Criminal History

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

Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1008 (McCarty – Sacramento) on October 14, 2017 as Chapter 789 to address employment discrimination based upon criminal conviction history. Employers in California need to be aware of this bill’s numerous provisions that take effect on January 1, 2018. This new law adds Section 12952 to the Government Code to provide […]

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2018 Brings Salary History Prohibition: Employers Beware

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

Starting January 1, 2018, all California employers will be prohibited from asking about a job applicant’s prior salary history. This prohibition applies to both public and private employers, regardless of size. Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 168 (Eggman) on October 12 as Chapter 688. This bill adds Section 432.3 to the Labor Code. The bill has a number […]

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California’s Gas Tax on Its Way Up

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

In the State of California, there are a variety of sources of funding for transportation purposes, including funding for the state highway system and the local streets and roads system. These funding sources include fuel excise taxes, commercial vehicle weight fees, local transactions and use taxes, and federal funds. Because of legislation earlier this year, […]

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Final Bill Tally

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

Bills Signed into Law by the Governor: 859 Bills Vetoed by the Governor: 118 Bills Allowed to Become Law without the Governor’s Signature: 0 Total Bills Acted Upon: 977 Signing Percentage: 88% Veto Percentage: 12%   Of the 859 bills that the Governor signed this year, 567 were Assembly Bills and 292 were Senate Bills. […]

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Bills Facing the Business Community When the Legislature Reconvenes

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

Even though the 2017 Legislative Session recently concluded, the California business community needs to be aware of “2-year bills” that will be considered when the Legislature reconvenes on January 3, 2018. There are nearly 1,000 of these two-year bills that are technically alive, at least until the constitutional deadline of January 31, 2017 to clear their […]

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Will PAGA Finally Be Reformed at the Ballot Box?

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

Earlier this month, three separate initiatives were submitted to the California Attorney General for title and summary to reform California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) statute because this law continues to be of significant concern to California employers. Enacted over a dozen years ago, PAGA allows employees to sue their employers in a “representative action” […]

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The Legislature Should Not Adopt APA Exemptions

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

A fundamental purpose of both the federal and California Administrative Procedure Acts (APA) is to allow public participation in the federal and state rulemaking processes. This is where the executive branch engages in quasi-legislative activities by adopting rules and regulations to implement statutes passed by the legislative branch of government. Key to allowing public participation […]

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Why the Governor Should Veto SB 63

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

The business community supports and promotes family-friendly policies so long as these measures do not impose an undue financial or compliance burden upon businesses operating in this state. Unfortunately, SB 63 (Jackson) does not fit this mold. To make matters worse, last year Governor Brown vetoed a similar bill by the same author that would […]

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Why the Governor Should Veto AB 1209

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

While the business community is strongly in favor of gender pay equity and many of us worked diligently two years ago to enact SB 358 (Jackson) to make California’s Equal Pay Act the “toughest in the nation,” Governor Brown should veto AB 1209 (Gonzalez Fletcher), which is intended to publicly shame companies based upon a […]

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