The California Chamber of Commerce has just identified 10 recently introduced “job killer” bills that have been proposed by the California legislature.

Worth noting are the following:

  • AB 196 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego) Establishes “Conclusive Presumption” of Injury. Conclusively presumes that contraction of COVID-19 by all “essential workers” is a workplace injury, which will greatly increase the cost of workers’ compensation insurance for employers.
  • AB 1107 (Chu; D-San Jose) Unemployment Insurance Compensation and Tax Increase. Raises employers’ share of payroll taxes to fund an increase in unemployment payments.
  • AB 2999 (Low; D-Campbell) Requires Bereavement Leave. Requires employers to provide 10 days of unpaid bereavement leave regardless of how long the employee has worked for the employer and establishes a new private right of action.
  • AB 3216 (Kalra; D-San Jose) New COVID-19 Employment Leave Mandate. Amends various California leave programs (e.g., the California Family Rights Act, Pregnancy Disability Leave, Paid Family Leave) and may entitle an employee to take up to 36 weeks of job-protected leave for family care and medical leave taken due to COVID-19. The bill also requires employers to allow employees to take 10 days of paid leave for specified purposes related to a state of emergency.

Read the full list here. We will keep you updated as these bills progress.

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Anthony J. Oncidi heads the Labor & Employment Law Group in the Los Angeles office.

Tony represents employers and management in all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including litigation and preventive counseling, wage and hour matters, including class actions, wrongful termination…

Anthony J. Oncidi heads the Labor & Employment Law Group in the Los Angeles office.

Tony represents employers and management in all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including litigation and preventive counseling, wage and hour matters, including class actions, wrongful termination, employee discipline, Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, executive employment contract disputes, sexual harassment training and investigations, workplace violence, drug testing and privacy issues, Sarbanes-Oxley claims and employee raiding and trade secret protection. A substantial portion of Tony’s practice involves the defense of employers in large class actions, employment discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination litigation in state and federal court as well as arbitration proceedings, including FINRA matters.