Why State Efforts to Preclude Arbitration Usually Violate Federal Law

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

The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) provides that agreements to arbitrate “shall be valid, irrevocable and enforceable, save upon such grounds as exist at law or in equity for the revocation of any contract.” (see 9 USC Section 2) How has the U.S. Supreme Court viewed the reach of the FAA and state efforts to limit […]

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2018 Brings New Rules for Immigration Worksite Enforcement Actions

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

Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 450 (Chiu – San Francisco) on October 4, 2017 as Chapter 492 dealing with immigration worksite enforcement actions. Effective January 1, 2018, California employers need to be aware of the numerous provisions of this new law. This bill adds Government Code Section 7285.1 to prohibit an employer (or a person acting […]

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2018 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, 2018, the state’s minimum wage will be increased for all sizes of businesses as “small employers” will see their first wage hike in recent years. Under prior state law, the […]

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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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