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CELA Sponsored Bills

CELA-Sponsored and Priority Legislation  

 

Ensuring Equal Pay 

  1. AB 1676 (Campos) - This bill would amend the Equal Pay Act to clarify that an employee’s prior salary cannot be the basis for any disparity in compensation when compared to a co-worker of the opposite sex who is doing substantially similar work.  Status:  On the Governor’s desk*
  • SB 1063 (Hall) - This bill would amend the Equal Pay Act to include race and ethnicity.  Status:  On the Governor’s desk*
  • AB 1890 (Dodd) - This bill would create a framework through which state contractors will be required to submit summary data on the compensation of their employees, including information on gender and race, to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.  Status:  On the Governor’s desk*

Arbitration Fairness 

  • AB 2879 (Mark Stone D) - This bill would prohibit an employer from requiring a waiver of the protections afforded under Military and Veterans Code Section 394 as a condition of employment, including the right to file and pursue a civil action or complaint, as specified.  Status:  Stalled on the Assembly Floor.
  • SB 1078 (Jackson) - This bill would prohibit an arbitrator from taking new cases from a party or from a lawyer for a party during the pendency of an arbitration.  This bill also would require disclosure of solicitations by arbitration service providers and would prohibit solicitations of business from a party or a lawyer for a party during the pendency of an arbitration.  Status:  On the Governor’s desk* 

Expanding Family Leave 

  • SB 654 (Jackson) - This bill would extend 6 weeks of job-protected bonding leave to California workers at companies with at least 20 employees within 75 miles of the employee’s worksite.  Status:  On the Governor’s desk*  
  • AB 908 (Gomez) - This bill increases the wage replacement rate under California’s Paid Family Leave Program from 55% to 70% for those who make up to 33% of the California average weekly wage or 60% for those who make more than 33% of the California average weekly wage.  The bill also eliminates the one-week waiting period for PFL.  Status:  Signed on April 11th, 2016!

Prohibiting Choice of Law/Choice of Forum Clauses 

  • SB 1241 (Wieckowski) - This bill would prohibit an employer from imposing as a condition of employment a requirement that an employee who primarily lives and works in California agree to a provision that would (1) require the employee to adjudicate outside of California a claim arising in California or (2) deprive the employee of the substantive protection of California law with respect to a controversy arising in California. The bill would make any provision of a contract that violates these prohibitions voidable at the option of the employee and would require a dispute over a voided provision to be adjudicated in California under California law. The bill would specify that injunctive relief is available and would authorize a court to award reasonable attorneys’ fees. The bill would provide that “adjudication” includes litigation and arbitration for purposes of these provisions. The bill would except from these provisions a contract with an employee who was represented by legal counsel, as specified.  Status:  On the Governor’s desk*

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