2020 Session Inundated with AB 5 Exemption Bills

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

One of the most controversial bills coming out of the 2019 Legislative Session was Assembly Bill 5, by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D – San Diego), dealing with the codification of the “ABC Test” found in the Dynamex decision for classification of workers. Since the enactment of AB 5 last fall, legislators up and down […]

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Bill Introduction Update

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

Through yesterday, Friday, February 14, there have been 753 bills introduced in the Legislature. That includes 506 ABs and 247 SBs.  The deadline for introducing bills in the 2020 Session is Friday, February 21. With Monday being a state holiday, there are four remaining days for bill introductions. Historically, the second year of a 2-year […]

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First day of 2020 Session–Here Come the New Bills

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

Yesterday, January 6, 2020, the first day of the 2020 legislative session, there were 25 bills introduced – 19 ABs and 6 SBs. The deadline for introducing bills in the 2020 Session is Friday, February 21. Historically, the second year of a 2-year session has had fewer bills introduced than the first year. Last year, […]

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2020 Brings New Law for Worker Classification

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

Beginning January 1, 2020, AB 5 (Gonzalez), which is Chapter 296, takes effect. This effective date is for provisions of the Labor Code, Unemployment Insurance Code, and Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders. Section One of the bill sets forth a number of statements of legislative intent that are not codified. The purpose of these “findings […]

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2020 Brings New Lactation Accommodation Requirements for Employers

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

Beginning January 1, 2020, SB 142 (Wiener), Chapter 720, imposes numerous lactation accommodation rules on California employers. This new law requires an employer to provide a lactation room or location that includes prescribed features and requires an employer, among other things, to provide access to a sink and refrigerator in close proximity to the employee’s […]

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2020 Brings Ban on “No-Rehire” Clauses

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

Beginning January 1, 2020, AB 749 (Stone), Chapter 808, adds Chapter 3.6 (commencing with Section 1002.5) to Title 14 of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure (CCP), and names it “Agreements Settling Employment Disputes.” The new law adds just one section to the CCP. This new law prohibits an agreement to settle an […]

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2020 Brings Longer Claims Period for Employment Discrimination Cases

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

Beginning January 1, 2020, AB 9 (Reyes), Chapter 709, extends to 3 years the statute of limitations for complaints alleging employment discrimination (up from the current one year). The new law specifies the operative date of the verified complaint is the date that the intake form was filed with the Labor Commissioner. The new law […]

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2020 and 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 next month. On January 1, 2020, the state’s minimum wage will be increased for all sizes of businesses as “small employers” will see their third wage hike in recent years. Under prior state […]

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Summary of Plastic Recycling Ballot Measure

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

(Editor’s note: Chris Micheli provides an analysis of the recycling initiative filed Monday.) CALIFORNIA RECYCLING AND PLASTIC POLLUTION REDUCTION ACT OF 2020 Filed November 4, 2019 SEC.1. Title This measure shall be known and may be cited as the “California Recycling and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act of 2020.”

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Bases for Gubernatorial Vetoes and Governor Newsom’s Themes?

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

Now that the 2019 Legislative Session has concluded and Governor Gavin Newsom has acted on the 1042 bills that reached his Desk this year, it is of interest to review not only the measures that he signed, but also the 172 bills that he vetoed. In reviewing the bills that were vetoed this year, are […]

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