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  • Immigration, Labor & Housing

    SB-1103, as Amended, Hurtado. Workforce Training Programs: Supportive Services.

    Lead Author: Hurtado (S)

    SB-1103 would dedicate money to workforce development and education with an emphasis on helping workers, including farm workers, gain certificates or education to help adapt to technology being adopted by different industries. If this bill passes through the Appropriations Committee, it will show support for Senator Hurtado and could provide funds to rural California. Bill text >>

    Status: Active Bill - In Committee Process
    UnitedAg supports this bill. Read the joint letter of support sent to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.


    SB-1383: Unlawful employment practice: family leave

    Lead author: Jackson (S)
    Principal Co-authors: Gonzalez (A) , Kalra (A)
    Co-authors: Carrillo (A) , Chiu (A) , Leyva (S) , Limón (A)

    This bill would revise and recast these provisions to make it an unlawful employment practice for any employer to refuse to grant a request by an employee to take up to 12 workweeks of unpaid protected leave during any 12-month period to bond with a new child of the employee or to care for themselves or a child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner, as specified. The bill would require an employer who employees’ both parents of a child to grant leave to each employee. The bill would also make it an unlawful employment practice for any employer to refuse to grant a request by an employee to take up to 12 workweeks of unpaid protected leave during any 12-month period due to a qualifying exigency related to the covered active duty or call to covered active duty of an employee’s spouse, domestic partner, child, or parent in the Armed Forces of the United States. The bill would define employee for these purposes as an individual who has at least 1,250 hours of service with the employer during the previous 12-month period, unless otherwise provided. Bill text >>

    Outcome: The bill passed the Assembly 46-16 and the Senate 21-12.

    AB-2956, as Introduced, Robert Rivas. Income Taxes: Credits: Agricultural Employees: Overtime Pay

    Lead Authors: Robert Rivas (A) , Eduardo Garcia (A)

    This bill would allow a credit against those taxes for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2023, in an amount equal to the overtime wage premium paid or incurred by the taxpayer in the taxable year to an agricultural employee, as defined, in the taxable year pursuant to the specified provisions of the Phase-In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016. The bill would also include additional information required for any bill authorizing a new tax expenditure. This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy. Bill text >>

    Status: Active Bill - In Committee Process


    AB-3075, as amended, Gonzalez. Wages: Enforcement

    Lead Author: Gonzalez (A)

    Provides for public shaming of corporations and interference with corporate formation based on arbitrary, unclear and unfair standards. The bill would also result in chaotic and inconsistent enforcement of wage and hour laws by local jurisdictions by authorizing them to impose their own wage payment requirements as long as they are “at least as stringent” as state law requirements. Bill text >>

    Status: Active Bill - In Committee Process


    AB-3216, as amended, Kalra. Employee Leave: Authorization

    Lead Author: Kalra (A) , Gonzalez (A)
    Principal Co-author: Durazo (S)

    This bill would revise and recast these provisions to make it an unlawful employment practice for any employer to refuse grant a request by an employee, with qualified employment service, to take up to 12 workweeks of unpaid protected leave during any 12-month period for family care and medical leave, including birth of the employee’s child or adoption, to care for the employee’s own medical condition, or for a child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner, as specified. The bill would also make it an unlawful business practice for an employer to refuse to grant an employee up to 12 workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for emergency leave, as defined. The bill would also delete the exception specifying that it is not an unlawful employment practice for an employee to refuse to grant a request for family care and medical leave by an employee if the employer employs less than 50 employees within 75 miles of the worksite where the employee is employed. Bill text >>

    Status: Active Bill - In Floor Process
    UnitedAg opposes this bill. Read the updated floor alert sent to the Assembly and the one-pager.


    SB-900, as amended, Hill. Department of Industrial Relations: Worker Status: Employees and Independent Contractors

    Lead Author: Hill (S)

    This bill would recast those provisions and would delete the express authorization for the department to assist and cooperate with the bureau. Bill text >>

    Status: Active Bill - In Committee Process


    SB-1102, as amended, Monning. Employers: Labor Commissioner: required disclosures

    Lead Author: Monning (S)

    This bill would require an employer to include in their written notice to all employees, specified information required in the event of a federal or state declared disaster or emergency. The bill would prohibit an employer from retaliating against an employee for raising questions about the declarations’ requirements or recommendations. This bill would additionally require an employer to provide an H-2A employee, as described, on the day the employee begins work in the state, or begins work for another employer after being transferred, a written notice in Spanish and, if requested by the employee, in English, containing specified information relative to an H-2A employee’s rights pursuant to federal and state law. The bill would also require the commissioner to create a template, as specified, by either creating a new template or combining these requirements with an existing notification template for purposes of carrying out this requirement, including a separate section of the template listing key legal rights of H-2A workers under California Law, and to make the template available to employers in the manner as determined by the commissioner by January 2, 2021. The bill would also make conforming changes. Bill text >>

    Status: Passed

    UnitedAg opposes this bill.

  • Workers' Compensation

    AB-196, as amended, Gonzalez. Workers’ Compensation: COVID-19: Essential Occupations and Industries

    Lead author: Gonzalez (A)

    This bill would define “injury” for an employee to include illness or death resulting from the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) under specified circumstances, until January 1, 2024, and July 1, 2024, for employees generally, and until July 1, 2024, for certain peace officers, firefighters, and health care workers, among others. The bill would create a disputable presumption, as specified, that the injury arose out of and in the course of the employment and is compensable. The bill would limit the applicability of the presumption under certain circumstances. The bill would require an employee to exhaust their paid sick leave benefits and meet specified certification requirements before receiving any temporary disability benefits or, for police officers, firefighters, and other specified employees, a leave of absence. The bill would also make a claim relating to a COVID-19 illness presumptively compensable, as described above, after 30 days rather than 90 days. Until July 1, 2024, the bill would allow for a presumption of injury for all employees whose fellow employees at their place of employment experience specified levels of positive testing, and whose employer has 5 or more employees. Bill text >>

    Outcome: The bill failed in committee.


    AB-664, as amended, Cooper. Workers’ Compensation: Injury: Communicable Disease

    Lead Authors: Cooper (A) , Bonta (A) , Gonzalez (A)
    Principal Co-authors: Aguiar-Curry (A) , Hueso (S) , McCarty (A) , Umberg (S)
    Co-authors: Bloom (A) , Boerner Horvath (A) , Burke (A) , Cervantes (A) , Chau (A) , Chen (A) , Chiu (A) , Flora (A) , Galgiani (S) , Gloria (A) , Lena Gonzalez (S) , Kalra (A) , Lackey (A) , Low (A) , Mathis (A) , Medina (A) , Melendez (A) , Petrie-Norris (A) , Ramos (A) , Rodriguez (A) , Stern (S) , Voepel (A) , Waldron (A) , Wicks (A)

    This bill would define “injury,” for certain state and local firefighting personnel, peace officers, certain hospital employees, and certain fire and rescue services coordinators who work for the Office of Emergency Services to include being exposed to or contracting, on or after January 1, 2020, a communicable disease, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), that is the subject of a state or local declaration of a state of emergency that is issued on or after January 1, 2020. The bill would create a conclusive presumption, as specified, that the injury arose out of and in the course of the employment. The bill would apply to injuries that occurred prior to the declaration of the state of emergency. The bill would also exempt these provisions from the apportionment requirements.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute. Bill text >>

    Status: Active Bill - In Committee Process


    SB-1159, as amended, Hill. Workers’ Compensation: COVID-19: Critical Workers

    Lead author: Hill (S)
    Co-author: Daly (A)

    This bill would, until an unspecified date, define “injury” for a critical worker, as described, to include illness or death that results from exposure to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) under specified circumstances. The bill would create a disputable presumption, as specified, that an injury that develops or manifests itself while a critical worker is employed arose out of and in the course of the employment. Bill text >>


    Outcome: Governor Newsom signed and passed this bill on September 11th.


    Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order on Workers' Compensation

    May 6, 2020

    On May 6, 2020, Governor Newsom announced he signed an Executive Order to expand the scope of workers’ compensation benefits during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This was in response to front line workers and others in the essential workforce contracting the virus and movement by the Legislature to expand workers’ compensation coverage through legislation.

    We suggest you reach out to your individual workers’ compensation insurance provider to determine how the Executive Order will impact your business and the procedure to follow should you have an employee test positive for COVID-19.

    A link to the Executive Order can be found here.

  • Occupational Safety

    AB-2043, as amended, Robert Rivas. Occupational Safety and Health: Agricultural Employers and Employees: COVID-19 Response

    Lead Authors: Robert Rivas (A) , Eduardo Garcia (A) , Gonzalez (A)
    Co-author: Bonta (A)

    This bill would require the division to disseminate to agricultural employers information on best practices for COVID-19 infection prevention, consistent with the guidance documents disseminated by the division, either on its own or in coordination with another state agency, including, but not limited to, the guidance document entitled, “Cal/OSHA Safety and Health Guidance: COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Agricultural Employers and Employees.” The bill would require the division to disseminate this information commencing on the effective date of these provisions and whenever the guidance documents are updated, in both English and Spanish. The bill would also require the division or its designee to work collaboratively with community organizations to conduct a targeted outreach campaign, including public service announcements on local Spanish radio stations and the distribution of workplace signs. The bill would require agricultural employers to implement the provisions of the guidance documents as they are put forth and updated by the division. The bill would require the division to propose to the standards board for its review and adoption emergency standards for COVID-19 infection prevention, as specified, applicable to agricultural employers and employees, as defined, and would authorize the standards board to adopt emergency regulations to implement these provisions. The bill would repeal these provisions when the state of emergency has been terminated by proclamation of the Governor or by concurrent resolution of the Legislature, as specified, or on January 1, 2022, whichever is later. By expanding the definition of an existing crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. Bill text >>

    Outcome: AB 2943 was passed out of the Assembly 67-0 and the Senate 33-0.
    UnitedAg opposes this bill. Read the joint letter of opposition sent to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. Also, read the floor alert that was sent to the Assembly.

  • Economic, Energy & Environment Issues

    AB-1839, as amended, Bonta. Economic, Environmental, and Social Recovery: California COVID-19 Recovery Deal

    Lead Authors: Bonta (A) , Chiu (A) , Kalra (A) , Reyes (A) , Weber (A)

    This bill would enact the California COVID-19 Recovery Deal. The bill would make a series of legislative findings and declarations pertaining to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and various economic, environmental, and social conditions in the state. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature that the state adopt a policy framework with principles and goals committed to accomplish specified economic, environmental, and social objectives and priorities as part of the state’s COVID-19 recovery spending. The bill would state that the Legislature various spending rules for the COVID-19 recovery, including adopting spending measures that prohibit businesses, organizations, or agencies from accepting public funds for any long-term projects that prolong the emission of greenhouses gases or lead to the expansion of fossil fuel projects and ensuring that recovery spending includes specific measures for California populations and communities most negatively impacted by COVID-19. Bill Text >>

    Status: Active Bill - In Committee Process


    AB-2954, as amended, Robert Rivas. California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Climate Goal: Natural and Working Lands

    Lead Author: Robert Rivas (A)
    Co-author: Mark Stone (A)

    This bill would require the state board, when updating the scoping plan and in collaboration with elevant state agencies and departments, to take specified actions, including, among others, to identify by January 1, 2023, an overall climate goal for the state’s natural and working lands, as defined, to sequester carbon and reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions and identify practices, policy incentives, and potential reductions in barriers that would help achieve the climate goal. Bill text >>

    Outcome: AB 2954 was held in Senate Appropriations Committee.


    AB-3256, as amended, Eduardo Garcia. Economic Recovery, Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020

    Lead Authors: Eduardo Garcia (A) , Bloom (A) , Bonta (A) , Friedman (A) , Cristina Garcia (A) , Mullin (A) , Reyes (A) , Wood (A)

    This bill would enact the Economic Recovery, Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020, which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $6,980,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance projects for an economic recovery, wildfire prevention, safe drinking water, drought preparation, and flood protection program.

    This bill would provide for the submission of these provisions to the voters at the November 3, 2020, statewide general election. Bill text >>

    Status: Active Bill - In Floor Process


    SB-45, as amended, Allen. Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020

    Lead Authors: Allen (S) , Portantino (S) , Stern (S)

    This bill would enact the Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020, which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $5,510,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance projects for a wildfire prevention, safe drinking water, drought preparation, and flood protection program.

    This bill would provide for the submission of these provisions to the voters at the November 3, 2020, statewide general election. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute. Bill text >>

    Outcome: SB 45 was not brought up for vote, so failed passage.


    SB-350, as amended, Hill. The Golden State Energy Act

    Lead Authors: Hill (S)
    Principal Co-authors: Dodd (S) , Holden (A) , McGuire (S)

    This bill would authorize the commission to petition a court to appoint a receiver to assume possession of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s property and to operate its electrical and gas systems if the commission determines in a proceeding that the appointment of a receiver is warranted pursuant to the processes or procedures set forth in a specified commission investigation. The bill would authorize a court to appoint such a receiver and would require the receiver to control and operate Pacific Gas and Electric Company upon such terms and conditions as the court prescribes. Bill text >>

    Status: Active Bill - In Committee Process


    SB-956, as introduced, Jackson. Taxation: Tax Expenditures: California Tax Expenditure Review Board

    Lead author: Jackson (S)

    This bill would establish in state government the California Tax Expenditure Review Board as an independent advisory body to comprehensively assess major tax expenditures, as defined, and make recommendations to the Legislature. The bill would require the board to be composed of 5 members, as specified, who would serve without compensation. Bill text >>

    Status: Active Bill - In Committee Process


    Request for $193 Million in FARMER Program Funding in the FY 2020/21, FY 2021/22, and FY 2022/23 State Budgets to Improve Public Health in Valley Communities

    UnitedAg, along with a coalition of agricultural associations across California, sent a joint letter to the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees requesting continued investment in the Funding Agricultural Replacement Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) Program at appropriate levels.

    Read the Full Letter >>

  • Healthcare

    Governor Newsom Announces Paid Sick Leave Benefits for Food Sector Workers Impacted by COVID-19, Additional Protections for Consumers

    Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to support California workers from large employers in the food sector industry impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with two weeks of paid sick leave, filling a gap left by federal relief that had provided similar paid leave benefits for employers with fewer than 500 workers.

    Click here to read the full announcement >>


    Governor Newsom Orders Statewide "Shelter-In-Place" - Executive Order N-33-20

    Watch the live announcement (recorded) with Governor Newsom: Video Announcement

    The Executive Order PDF can be found here: Executive Order N-33-20

    The Order uses the federal guidance on critical infrastructure sectors to define essential businesses and services. Information on critical infrastructure sectors can be found here: Critical Infrastructure Sectors

  • Water Issues

    SB-1 California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019

    Authors: Atkins (S) , Portantino (S) , Stern (S)
    Coauthors: Gloria (A) , Hueso (S)

    This bill would, until January 20, 2025, require specified agencies to take prescribed actions regarding certain federal requirements and standards pertaining to air, water, and protected species, as specified. By imposing new duties on local agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

    This bill would revise the enforcement provisions of the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, as provided.

    Status: Active Bill - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2 p.m. on 9/17/2019.

  • Technology & Transportation

    SB-1 Transportation Funding

    Authors: Beall (S)
    Principal Coauthors: Frazier (A)
    Coauthors: Atkins (S) , Dodd (S) , Hertzberg (S) , Hill (S) , Low (A) , McGuire (S) , Mendoza (S) , Monning (S) , Mullin (A) , Santiago (A) , Skinner (S) , Wieckowski (S) , Wiener (S)

    This bill would create the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program to address deferred maintenance on the state highway system and the local street and road system. The bill would require the California Transportation Commission to adopt performance criteria, consistent with a specified asset management plan, to ensure efficient use of certain funds available for the program. The bill would provide for the deposit of various funds for the program in the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account, which the bill would create in the State Transportation Fund, including revenues attributable to a $0.12 per gallon increase in the motor vehicle fuel (gasoline) tax imposed by the bill with an inflation adjustment, as provided, 50% of a $0.20 per gallon increase in the diesel excise tax, with an inflation adjustment, as provided, a portion of a new transportation improvement fee imposed under the Vehicle License Fee Law with a varying fee between $25 and $175 based on vehicle value and with an inflation adjustment, as provided, and a new $100 annual vehicle registration fee applicable only to zero-emission vehicles model year 2020 and later, with an inflation adjustment, as provided. The bill would provide that the fuel excise tax increases take effect on November 1, 2017, the transportation improvement fee takes effect on January 1, 2018, and the zero-emission vehicle registration fee takes effect on July 1, 2020.

    Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 5, Statutes of 2017.


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