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Governor Signs COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation and Employer Notification Bills

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed two COVID-19 related employment bills into law, SB 1159 (Hill, Daly) – COVID-19 workers compensation presumption and AB 685 (Reyes) – Employer COVID-19 exposure notification requirements . Both bills are briefly summarized below. SB 1159, which takes...


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Paid Sick Leave for All Employees Signed Into Law

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Budget Trailer Bill AB 1867 , related to paid sick leave and paid family leave. The broad scoped bill covers several different industries as well as a number of different types of leave. Included in the provisions of the bill is a section that will...


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Governor Signs Legislation Updating Independent Contractor Law

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 2257 (Gonzalez) into law. Assembly Member Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced 2257 as a way to fix some issues with independent contractor law, AB 5, as well as to include additional exemptions to the law. Included in the new exemptions is one for...


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COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Legislation Heads to Governor

On the final night of the legislative session SB 1159 (Hill) related to COVID-19 workers’ compensation presumption passed both houses of the California State Legislature with bipartisan support. The bill is headed to the Governor’s desk and if signed it will become law immediately. SB 1159 was...


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COVID-19 Employee Notification Bill Significantly Amended

Yesterday, AB 685 (Reyes) was significantly amended to address a number of CSDA and other public agencies’ concerns. As amended, the bill will require all employers, public and private, to notify employees of potential exposure to COVID-19 at the workplace. Summarizing the provisions of the...


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AB 5 Independent Contractor Provisions Amended to Benefit Public Agencies

CSDA led efforts to amend the provisions of AB 5 are paying off. Yesterday, coming out of the Senate Appropriations Committee, AB 2257 (Gonzalez) , the bill to make several fixes to last year’s AB 5 related to independent contractors was amended to provide exemptions from the “ABC” test for...



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COVID-19 Employee Notification Mandate Moving Through State Legislature

Last week, AB 685 (Reyes) related to employee notification of potential COVID-19 exposure, passed out of the Senate Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement Committee with a commitment from the author to take significant amendments to address some employer concerns. As currently drafted, while...


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As the State Legislature and Congress Wrap Up, What’s at Stake for Special Districts?

With just over a month left in the 2019-2020 California State Legislative Session ending on August 31, 2020 at midnight, many logistical questions about how the Legislature will operate are left unanswered. The Legislature will reconvene on July 27 th to act on hundreds of pending bills, many...


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HR 7073 Federal Advocacy Update for June 16

As effects of COVID-19 continues in the U.S., so does CSDA’s push to secure special districts’ inclusion in federal pandemic relief for state and local governments. HR 7073, the Special Districts Provide Essential Services Act , was introduced June 1. Since then, 23 members of...