Senate to Vote on CalChamber-Opposed Employment Bills

OpposeTwo California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bills that increase employer costs and threaten employers with civil litigation and criminal prosecution are awaiting action by the full Senate when the Legislature returns from summer recess.

AB 970 (Nazarian; D-Sherman Oaks) significantly expands the Labor Commissioner’s authority and increases employer costs by permitting the Labor Commissioner to enforce local minimum wage laws through the citation process, which will increase annual assessments to fund the Labor Commissioner’s office for all employers across the state, including those in areas with no local minimum wage.

AB 1017 (Campos; D-San Jose) threatens employers with civil litigation for seeking an applicant’s prior salary and benefit information even though the applicant suffered no harm in compensation.

Action Needed

The CalChamber is asking members to contact their senators and urge that they oppose AB 970 and AB 1017.

Sample letters are available at

Staff Contact: Jennifer Barrera

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Jennifer Barrera
Jennifer Barrera oversees the development and implementation of policy and strategy as senior vice president, policy, and represents the CalChamber on legal reform issues. She led CalChamber advocacy on labor and employment and taxation from September 2010 through the end of 2017. As senior policy advocate in 2017, she worked with the executive vice president in developing policy strategy. Before joining the CalChamber, she worked at a statewide law firm that specializes in labor/employment defense. Barrera earned a B.A. in English from California State University, Bakersfield, and a J.D. with high honors from California Western School of Law.