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SACRAMENTO — The Governor today signed Assembly Bill 2706 into law, authored by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D – West Covina). This Assembly Bill will reduce the number of eligible but uninsured children by offering parents or legal guardian’s information about health care coverage options and enrollment assistance upon enrolling their child into school.
“California has had the biggest success in enrolling individuals for health care coverage through Covered California. This bill will add to that success and provide parents the information they need to make sure that their children have proper health coverage. Governor Brown’s support of this measure shows our tenacity to care for one of our most vulnerable age groups. By providing parents with the tools to empower them, we not only provide resources, but we secure a healthy long-term relationship for our children’s future. As we insure our children early on, we promote healthy living and instill a sense of affordable health care for parents,” stated Hernández.
Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1897 into law Sunday, inaugurating what the bill’s author, Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) described as “landmark legislation . . . to protect hard-working Californians who often times do not have a voice in the workplace.” The bill was drafted in response to the growing practice of corporations, particularly agriculture-based companies, to skirt state labor laws by relying on third-party contractors to hire employees and administer their wages.
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed into law a bill holding the state's employers legally responsible for wage and safety violations committed by their subcontractors and temp agencies.
With the new law, California will have some of the country's farthest-reaching protections for temporary workers, among the fastest growing and most vulnerable segments of the workforce.
The legislation was introduced this year after a series of stories by ProPublica documented abuses and dangers faced by legions of blue-collar temp workers, California labor officials said. It was overwhelmingly supported by lawmakers.
The state of California just took a big step toward curbing the abuse of temporary workers.
On Sunday night, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill into law that will hold companies responsible when their subcontracted temp agencies endanger or underpay workers. Now, when a subcontracted temp firm rips off a low-wage worker, the company at the top may have to pay a price.
Strongest Legislation in the Nation Addresses Business Model That Undercuts Middle Class
SACRAMENTO —Today, Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D –West Covina) announced AB 1897 was signed by Governor Brown. Assembly Bill 1897 becomes the strongest legislation in the nation to address and protect the rights of subcontracted workers. This bill provides that when companies use staffing agencies and other third party labor contractors to supply workers to perform the work of their business, the client employer remains responsible for certain basic labor protections.
"This bill is landmark legislation," clamored Hernández. "I am proud to learn Governor Brown signed my bill. He continues to protect hard-working Californians who often times do not have a voice in the workplace. Currently, many employers are utilizing the subcontracted model to avoid accountability in the workplace. Rather than do nothing and continue the 'race-to-the-bottom' mentality where the majority of new jobs are subcontracted, with low pay, little benefits, and absolutely no job security, today Governor Brown and the State of California have decided to stand up for our middle class," added Hernández.
In a major victory for California labor unions, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed legislation that will hold businesses liable when subcontractors violate wage, workplace safety or workers’ compensation rules.
The legislation was a priority of organized labor, and it was one of only two bills given the California Chamber of Commerce’s “job killer” label to make it to Brown’s desk this year.
SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D – West Covina) announced AB 1973, making Native American Day an official unpaid state holiday, was signed into law by Governor Brown. This measure designates the fourth Friday of every September in its name and makes clear one of Assemblymember Hernández' goals of recognizing the contributions of California's diverse population by lifting its state status to official unpaid like Lincoln's Birthday and Columbus Day.
Picture a hospital with no doctors or nurses but state of the art equipment; or a school with high-tech computers and smart boards but no teachers or support staff. Is this what the cable act intended when it restricted how Public Education and Government fees could be spent by community media centers like CreaTV San Jose? All cameras, no staff? That's the way it is now, but it doesn't make sense.
Fortunately, there's a simple fix.
Earlier this year, California Assemblymember Roger Hernandez authored AJR 39, a joint resolution that encourages Congress to lift the restriction on how municipalities can spend the PEG fees, rent paid by cable systems for using the public rights of way. Federal law restricts the use of these funds to capital expenditures. As a result, hundreds of media centers across the country like our own CreaTV San Jose are seriously hobbled. The resolution passed overwhelmingly out of the Assembly and State Senate and has been sent to our congressional delegation.
AB 2088 Would Require Large Employers to Provide Comprehensive Health Insurance
SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D – West Covina) announced AB 2088 passed the Assembly Floor on a 54-25 concurrence vote. AB 2088 protects California workers by prohibiting an insurer from selling a limited benefit health plan to a large employer unless the plan is supplemental to a comprehensive health plan. This bill makes standards for health insurance sold to large employers similar to the standards for the insurance sold to individuals and small employers.
“I want to thank my colleagues for the support and helping move this bill to Governor Brown for his consideration. Most large employers do the right thing and buy comprehensive coverage for their workers, but given the federal employer contribution and potential penalties some employers and insurers may be tempted to pass off limited benefit coverage as meeting the individual mandate. This bill closes a loophole by ensuring that a limited benefit health plan can only be sold as supplemental to a comprehensive insurance coverage,” stated Hernández.