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SACRAMENTO – AB 1513, authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria), which sets regulations for compensation of piece-rate workers and provides employers the opportunity to fulfill back wage payments, has cleared the Assembly Floor on a 58-13 vote, after passing out of the Senate on a 30-8 vote. This legislation was crafted by Assemblymember Williams in order to address a major gap in California’s labor laws relating to piece-rate worker compensation, and incorporates the needs of both employee and employer in its execution.
This proposal is an outgrowth of recent court decisions in Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors, 215 Cal.App.4th 36 (2013), and Bluford v. Safeway Stores, Inc., 216 Cal.App.4th 864 (2013), which found that piece-rate compensation only pays for productive time, and that mandated breaks and other unassociated work product must be separately compensated. While the holdings in the Gonzalez and Bluford cases remain in dispute, there is a desire among employee and employer representatives alike to resolve back wage claims and set compensation standards going forward without further litigation.
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, announced today that Assembly Bill 802, a bill to improve energy efficiency in buildings passed out of the Assembly and now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature.
“AB 802 resolves two barriers to the Governor’s 2030 efficiency goals. Current policy leads to a large pool of stranded energy efficiency savings potential because, in nearly all cases, programs can only provide incentives for energy savings from the installation of equipment above current code levels,” said Assemblymember Williams. “AB 802 would allow these incentives to be used to help us drastically increase energy efficiency in existing buildings.”
Legislation Aims to Protect Environmentally and Ecologically Sensitive Areas Against Oil Spills
SACRAMENTO – Less than three months after Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, held an oversight hearing to examine the recent Refugio oil spill, the measure he introduced in response to the incident wins legislative approval. Assembly Bill 864 is now headed to Governor Jerry Brown, who has until October 11th to take action.
“The Refugio Oil Spill gave us a prime and devastating example of a defective pipeline that was not equipped with leak detection technology and automatic shut-off valves,” said Assemblymember Williams. “We know there is always tremendous risk to areas surrounding offshore and onshore coastal drilling. The law should reflect this truth by requiring operators to take every precaution available and use the best achievable technology when drilling and transporting oil and gas.”
SACRAMENTO — Assembly Bill 3, authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D - Carpinteria), seeks to establish a Community Services District (CSD) within Isla Vista, a densely populated unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County. The bill cleared both the Senate and Assembly Floors today and now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature.
“This is great news for the future of Isla Vista,” said Assemblymember Williams. “AB 3 will provide residents with a safer community by empowering them to contract for additional police services and control visitor traffic through parking enforcement.”
AB 3 would further require the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors to submit an application to the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) to review the district; and then place the district and its funding mechanism, a Utility User Tax, on the November 2016 general election ballot for approval by registered voters in Isla Vista. The bill would also authorize for services such as tenant mediation and provide additional lighting and sidewalks.
SACRAMENTO–Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria), immediate past Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, has announced that two bills from his Campus Sexual Assault Legislative Package are now awaiting the Governor’s approval.
AB 967 requires California’s postsecondary education systems to adopt and carry out a uniform process for disciplinary proceedings relating to any claims of sexual assault as defined by the institution's adopted sexual assault policies. This bill will also require campuses to publicly report and disclose campus adjudication outcomes for cases related to campus sexual assault and these reports should be easily available on their campus website.
SACRAMENTO – AB 780, authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria), which seeks to update and modernize restrictions on alcoholic beverage manufacturers’ use of social media, has cleared the Assembly Floor today on a vote of 78-0 and now moves to the Governor’s desk. AB 780 updates the “Tied-House Restrictions” to allow manufacturers to use social media to provide information on product availability for “on-sale” retailers like restaurants or bars, and “off-sale” retailers like grocery stores, without a direct inquiry by a consumer.