Employment Laws Taking a Toll
In April, the entire staff at WSTA and AADT joined in to watch a state law “mandated” two hour online Harassment Prevention Training video produced by CalChamber. The mandatory training applies to companies with 50 or more employees, we have nine women and four men on staff. Nevertheless we decided to do the training. Both managers and employees are required to participate in these training courses. The product is very good and a great value if you’re a member of the CalChamber.
During the course of the training classes it occurred to me of just how much of a “nanny state” this state is becoming. Nanny state is a term of British origin that conveys a view that a government or its policies are overprotective or interfering unduly with personal choice. The term “nanny state” likens government to the role that a nanny has in child rearing. An early usage of the term comes from Conservative British Prime Minister Iain Macleod who referred to “what I like to call the nanny state” in the December 3, 1965 edition of The Spectator.
Yes, mandatory sexual harassment training and sick leave…it’s all just more state mandated requirements…make no mistake – its getting tougher and tougher to be an employer in this state and many that are able …are packing up and leaving.
If there is a good example of how out of control this has all become it’s in our office breakroom and is called a 2016 California & Federal “Employment Notices.” I find it both interesting and disturbing that the large paper notices that employers must post in a general access area of the office are getting not only bigger in size (we’re running out of wall space) but because laws are changing all the time these have to be replaced two or three times a year. It’s ridiculous!
At our staff meeting prior to the sexual harassment training, we discussed the sick leave program problem we now have. The state and its dysfunctional democratically controlled legislature – much like the book “The gang that can’t ever shoot straight” (A funny Jimmy Breslin book from 1969 and movie which followed) is a modern metaphor of “political incompetence”!
As well intended as it tries to be, this state’s legislative party in control inevitably screws-up virtually everything it gets involved with. Last year the state implemented (effective this year) a mandatory 3 day or 24 hour sick leave policy that is so confusing it takes legal counsel to figure it out. Companies such as ours which were offering all employees up to 9 sick days a year have to change their program entirely. We are now forced to track and maintain a “California sick leave program for 3-days” and a separate other “3-day” sick or PTO program. The bottom line is that in the end we are going to cut 3 sick days out of the program…..typical unintended consequences.
Instead of exempting any company that already offered three or more sick days from the program, now all those companies are being forced to do something far more burdensome and like us I’ll bet are cutting back. Great job you morons!
California lawmakers continually try to control what their constituents can eat, drink, play and work. But the data shows Americans and Californians don’t want to be nannied. Hopefully, lawmakers would ease up and understand this!
AB 2405 (Asm. Mike Gatto, D – Burbank/43rd Dis.)
As I was finalizing the article on Nanny State issues, wouldn’t you know it, a “new” bill AB 2405 popped up in the Assembly Labor Committee with a support vote of 4-2! This bill would give parents 3 paid days off for attending events associated with their children’s education. For now the bill would only apply to businesses with 25 or more employees. Opponents aren’t arguing with the intent of the bill, the California Chamber of Commerce said companies are already struggling, as many don’t currently have a paid leave policy. Businesses are already struggling to comply with three days of paid sick leave and numerous other forms of protective leave. California is one of 11 states that provide up to 40 hours of unpaid leave for school activities.
Employers Claim LA City 6-Day Sick-leave Measure is a Job-Killer!
City based businesses and groups reacted angrily to a law tentatively passed April 19 by the Los Angeles City Council that would allow employees (of all business located there) in the city to take six paid sick days a year, twice what the state requires.
The new policy comes months after the city passed one of the highest minimum wages in the state.
California’s very confusing law mandates employees can take up to three sick days, but with Tuesday’s vote, workers in Los Angeles would be allocated six days.
Smaller businesses of 25 workers or less will have an extra 12 months to implement the sick-day policy, which is expected to go into effect later this year.
Opponents say it’s a job-killer and is another of many business-unfriendly policy decisions passed by the City Council, which also backed a $15 minimum wage last year.
The City Council voted 13-1 for the new law, with City Councilman Mitch Englander casting the lone “no” vote. The law, which now will be written by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer must return to the council for a final vote.
Los Angeles joins several other cities in setting its own sick-leave policy. Philadelphia, for instance, requires five days of sick leave a year.
More than 650,000 workers in Los Angeles are expected to be impacted by the law, according to a 2015 study by the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
Supporters argue the policy helps struggling families. Employees shouldn’t have to “choose between caring for a sick child and showing up for work,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian.