28 California Food Producer EDITION 1, 2018 June 1 was the deadline for the California Legislative Assembly and Senate to hold policy and fiscal hear- ings on bills and pass them to the second house. CLFP had multiple wins in coalition with other organi- zations in stopping several bills from moving on to their second house. CLFP in conjunction with a large employer coalition was successful in stopping several labor proposals that would have interfered with an employer’s ability to provide a drug-free workplace (AB 2069 – Bonta), expanded paid sick leave time (AB 2841 – Gonzalez-Fletcher), and signifi- cantly increased penalties and liability for employers for wage and hour violations, even if those violations were inadvertent errors (AB 2613—Reyes). CLFP was also successful in stopping a burdensome mandate on beverage containers. AB 2779 (Stone) would have driven up the cost of beverages, imposed impracti- cal technology requirements and reversed a decade-long trend of reducing the amount of plastic in PET bottles by requiring that the cap of any single-use plastic beverage container be tethered to the container. Following are a few of the other key bills and issues CLFP is monitoring in the current legislative session. LABOR There are several labor bills that have cleared their initial policy committee hurdles which would adversely impact the industry. While many of these bills claim to be sexual harassment prevention measures, they have wide ranging implications to employers including: removing the standing require- ment for plaintiffs alleging an employer failed to prevent harassment even when no harassment occurs; extending workplace domestic violence protections to alleged victims of sexual harassment and their family members, even if the alleged incident did not happen at work. Another CLFP opposed measure unfairly requires California employers to submit pay data to the Department of Industrial Relations creating a false impression of wage discrimination or unequal pay where none exists and, therefore, subjecting employers to unfair public criticism, enforcement measures, and significant litigation costs to defend against meritless claims. CLFP supported labor bills that failed to move out of their initial policy committees. These included proposals to allow an employee-selected flexible work schedule, as well as bills that would have protected businesses from frivolous litigation, thus allowing employers to invest financial resources saved back into the economy, local communities and providing jobs. ENERGY/UTILITY CLFP is closely monitoring legislative activity on utility wildfire and prevention response and the potential culpability of Investor Owned Utilities (IOU) in the 2018 wildfires. Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature are Legislative By TRUDI HUGHES - CLFP Government Affairs Director Update