California Legislative Report

The 2018 California legislative session started quickly with the Legislature unanimously passing and Governor Jerry Brown signing the Legislative Employee Whistleblower Protection Act (AB 403), and with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and the Attorneys General Office issuing updates regarding the recently-enacted law restricting immigration worksite enforcement agencies (AB 450).


The so-called #MeToo Movement has also influenced the new legislative session, with the Legislature presently considering a number of sexual harassment and retaliation-related measures.

Not surprisingly, the Legislature is also considering a number of other significant employment-related measures, including bills that would:


  •     Amend the FEHA to preclude discrimination against medicinal marijuana users (AB 2069);
  •     Prohibit inquiries regarding “familial status” (AB 1938);
  •     Invalidate settlement agreement provisions restricting employment or re-employment (AB 3109);
  •     Reform the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) to expand the ability to cure Labor Code violations pre-litigation (AB 2016);
  •     Enable employers to assist employees with student loan repayments (AB 2478);
  •     Update and potentially materially expand workplace lactation accommodation requirements (AB 1976 and SB 937);
  •     Increase California’s paid sick leave requirements from three to five days (AB 2841);
  •     Authorize scheduling flexibility through increased access to “compensatory time off” and allow individual “alternative workweek schedules” (AB 2482 and AB 2484); and
  •     Require larger employers to submit annual “pay data reports” to state agencies (SB 1284).


There are also approximately twenty so-called “spot bills” that have been introduced and will likely be materially amended, including those regarding paid family leave (SB 1123), prior salary history inquiries (AB 2282), tip pools (SB 1402), and overtime compensation (AB 3234).

Somewhat surprisingly, perhaps, a bill (AB 5) that would essentially have extended statewide San Jose’s Opportunity to Work Ordinance stalled during an early vote. It remains to be seen whether other “opportunity to work” or “predictive scheduling” bills will be introduced this session.

Looking ahead, now that the deadline to introduce new bills has expired, the next major legislative hurdle is the April 27th deadline for bills to pass key policy committee votes, so many of the pending bills may soon be materially amended.

To read the complete legislative report including an overview of the recent agency and legislative enactments, followed by a summary of the key employment-related bills that are currently pending in Sacramento Click Here

Why attend the California State Legislative & HR Conference?


“I’ve attended several CalSHRM Legislative Conferences, and the experience changed forever how I view our politicians and the legislative process. I received an in-depth education on how our State government works, and I discovered that one person does make a difference to an outcome. There is also amazing power in numbers, as was seen at last year’s visits to the Hill. I found that our legislators truly care about our issues and they welcomed our delegation. They listened, and then they acted. I cannot recommend it highly enough – it will change your life, and what you learn will benefit your town, your job, and your HR community.” Peggy Stevens, Past President – SBHRA


From Our Chapters

San Diego SHRM YEP Kicks of 2018


San Diego SHRM Young/Emerging Professional (SD SHRM YEP) kicked off 2018 with a breakfast networking mixer on January 10, 2018 prior to the Law Day Conference. Connections were made, interest was gained, and we’re looking forward to building the YEP committee.


In attendance was our YEP of the Quarter and SD SHRM YEP Co-Chair, Michael Smithfield. Michael is the former President CSUSM Student Chapter and active YEP. Michael is dedicated to helping YEP’s transition into highly successful HR professionals.

To learn more about the SD SHRM YEP mission and how you can get involved, click here.

Professional Development Webinars


The SJSHRM will be offering a slate of one hour webinars to help the HR professional with additional personal development opportunities. For a full list of webinar topics or to register click here.

Mixing it up with SAHRA


SAHRA members connecting at the February network eventThe Sacramento Area HR Association (SAHRA) held its first mixer of the year at Kupros Craft House in Midtown Sacramento on February 8th. The event shined a light on SAHRA’s Emerging Professionals, a newly developed group formed to serve as a forum for young HR professionals and those new to the HR industry in the Sacramento region. Nearly 50 attendees enjoyed bites and beverages, and participated in a team building activity, which included career related discussion items and a round of trivia. Groups were formed, each composed of HR professionals at different levels in their careers, in order to allow for advice sharing across generations. Fun was had, connections were made, and a thing or two was learned!


Stay tuned for more information on SAHRA’s upcoming mixers, including our spring mixer on April 18th.

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