On a strict party line votes with only Democrats voting in favor, two labor-backed bills that could place liens on your properties – even if you have done nothing wrong – have passed the assembly.  We vociferously oppose both bills.

 AB 2416 (Stone; D-Scotts Valley) Unproven Wage Liens, passed the Assembly Labor Committee this week.  This bill creates a dangerous and unfair precedent in the wage and hour arena by allowing employees to file liens on an employer’s real or personal property, or property where work was performed, based upon alleged yet unproven wage claims.

 AB 1897 (Hernandez; D-West Covina) Labor Contracting; Client Liability.  This bill would force one company to essentially insure the wage and hour obligations, workers’ compensation coverage, and occupational health and safety duties of a separate employer’s employees, which will discourage the use of contractors and their employees.

 The CalChamber has identified both bills as “Job Killers,” and a large coalition of business groups are marshalling our forces in Sacramento to educate legislators about negative impacts of this measure. We will continue to fight these bills as they move to the Senate.

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