Organizations, including the California Chamber of Commerce, representing a broad portion of the California business community last week filed the “Californians for Fair Pay and Employer Accountability Act” with the Office of the Attorney General.
The leaders of these organizations provided their comments on this important reform to California labor law enforcement:
“When workers lose wages, it shouldn’t take years for them to get paid. This measure makes sure wage claims are resolved more quickly and result in a better outcome for workers, while reducing shakedown lawsuits,” said Jennifer Barrera, CalChamber president and CEO. “Currently, using a private attorney means the conflict could take years to resolve, and 30% or more goes to the lawyers. State data shows that, when regulators handle workers’ claims, workers get more money and they get it a year faster than hiring an attorney and going to court.”
As a not-for-profit since 1890, the CalChamber works to transform California’s business landscape. Today, nearly 40,000 businesses in the state rely on the CalChamber for advocacy and labor law compliance.
California New Car Dealers Association
“We believe there is a better way to resolve wage claims than the current system that takes too long and unfairly delays outcomes for workers. We have crafted a solution that holds employers accountable and makes sure that workers get paid quickly. Too often, workers who were wronged are left with pennies while lawyers walk away with millions. This measure means workers will get 100% of all penalties,” said Brian Maas, president of the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA).
CNCDA represents nearly 1,200 franchised new car and truck dealers throughout California. CNCDA members are primarily engaged in the retail sale and lease of new vehicles, and also engage in automotive service, repair and part sales.
“Labor law enforcement needs to ensure it protects workers while also avoiding shakedown lawsuits. The California labor code is so long and complicated that it leaves small businesses especially vulnerable to honest mistakes that result in shakedowns. This measure ensures small businesses can get guidance on how to navigate California’s complicated laws,” said Dave Puglia, president and CEO of Western Growers.
Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico. WGA members and their workers provide over half the nation’s fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, including nearly half of America’s fresh organic produce.