AB 2832 (Lieber; D-Mountain
View) Would increase the state minimum wage to $7.25
in 2005 and to $7.75 in 2006, which would give California
the highest minimum wage in the nation. Employer costs would
be expected to rise by at least $2.08 billion annually.
Status: Passed Senate Appropriations Committee;
moves to Senate floor.
New Training Mandate – AB
1825 (Reyes; D- Fresno) Would add new sexual harassment
training mandates for employers with 50 or more employees to
provide 2 hours of sexual harassment training and education
to all supervisory employees within one year of January 1,
2005, and to all new supervisory employees within six months
of their assumption of a supervisory position, unless the
employer has provided sexual harassment training and
education to employees after January 1, 2004. Status:
Passed Senate Appropriations Committee; moves to Senate
Non-Employee Harassment –
AB 2889 (Laird). Would make California employers liable
for the harassment of a worker by customers or clients.
Status: In Senate Appropriations Committee.
BOSS" LAW REFORMS
SB 1809 (Dunn; D-Garden
Grove) as amended, would significantly overhaul
California's "sue your boss" law to bring fairness to
California's labor code enforcement and protects employers
from unnecessary and frivolous lawsuits. Status:
Signed by Governor Schwarzenegger.
AB 1912 (Richman).
Would amend protections under Civil Code for employers who
provide references on former employees. Would specify that
it is the policy of the State of California to encourage
employers to provide accurate, truthful, and substantive
information concerning the performance and qualifications of
individuals. Past employee would have to prove that
reference information was intentionally malicious and
knowingly false or misleading. Hearing to be set.
Status: In Senate Judiciary Committee since 6/23/04.