CAA opposes trio of bills threatening to job providers

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CAA has identified a number of bills that threaten job providers throughout California, including rental property owners, developers and other companies that serve the multifamily-housing industry.

The most onerous anti-employer bills working their way through the state Legislature this year include:

  • AB 1008 by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento. This bill would make it illegal for an employer to include on an employment application any question seeking disclosure of an applicant’s criminal history.

The bill also would bar employers from asking a an applicant about any convictions until the employer makes a conditional job offer.

The ability to screen prospective employees for past criminal activity is particularly important in the rental housing industry, as employees work around children at rental properties and are granted access to tenants’ units and personal possessions.

  • SB 306 by Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys. This bill would authorize the labor commissioner to obtain injunctive relief against an employer at any time during a retaliation investigation. This extremely broad authority would disrupt workplace operations based solely on a “reasonable cause” that a violation  occurred, rather than actual evidence.
  • AB 1701 by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond. This bill would hold a general contractor jointly liable with a subcontractor when a subcontractor fails to pay an employee’s wages and/or make benefit contributions or payments.

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