Last week Governor Brown signed a slew of bills into law, signaling several important victories for workers and immigrant communities in the state. Though much daunting work remains, we are grateful for the opportunity to pause, take a breath, and reflect on these significant steps forward.
SB 306 (Hertzberg) will strengthen protections for whistleblowers fired or discriminated against for reporting dangerous working conditions or other labor code violations.
AB 450 (Chiu) Provides clear guidelines to protect workers and employers in the event of worksite enforcement activities by ICE.
SB 54 (De Leon) will prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies, including school police and security departments, from engaging in immigration enforcement or using any state or local resources in carrying out enforcement activities.
AB 1008 (McCarty) will reduce barriers to employment for people with arrest and conviction records through a statewide fair hiring policy that prohibits employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal record until a conditional offer of employment has been made.
SB 258 (Lara), known as the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act, will require disclosure of the ingredients in consumer cleaning products and notification of potential health effects.