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SACRAMENTO, CA –Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) announced that AB 2288 was signed by Governor Brown this week. AB 2288 will strengthen current law to protect children from child labor abuses.
“I thank Governor Brown for his continued support in protecting our minors. Although, many may believe the exploitation of minors is a thing of the past, it is very prevalent in many industries today. This is why we must continue to protect our children from abuses. Some of our earliest labor laws in this nation were aimed to protect minors who were often mistreated and abused in the workplace,” stated Hernández.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Roger Hernández announces AB 2751 was signed over the weekend. This measure makes a number of clarifying and clean-up changes to AB 263 (Employment retaliation: immigration-related practices) signed into law last year.
“I want to thank Governor Brown for his continued support of workers’ rights. Last year, Governor Brown signed my bill AB 263 where employers are prohibited from using immigration status against workers who exercise their rights under the California Labor Code or local ordinances. This year, AB 2751 makes a number of clarifying changes to AB 263 to continue protecting workers against intimidation by any employer,” said Hernández.
HR 47 Commemorates and Honors Building and Construction Trades
SACRAMENTO —Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) announced today that HR 47 passed the Assembly Floor with a bipartisan 76-0 vote. The House Resolution recognizes National Tradesworker Day on the third Friday of September every year.
“Our nation has a rich history in the building and construction trades. American ingenuity in this sector has been marveled for generations. Early and recent immigrants from all over the world have erected great buildings, which continue to stand to this very day. These men and women deserve recognition for their great work and contributions in assisting our state and nation in moving forward,” stated Hernández.
AJR 39 Ask Congress to make common sense decisions about public funds
SACRAMENTO —Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) announced today that AJR 39 passed the Assembly Floor with a 67-0 vote. The Assembly Joint Resolution urges Congress to give state and local governments the financial flexibility to use Public Educational, and Government television funds in a way that best supports their needs.
“With this vote, the California State Senate has joined with the Assembly to show their commitment to PEG channels as a fundamental part of our democratic process. PEG channels offer residents an opportunity enjoy local educational and cultural programming in addition to engagement with local government. Public-access media centers also offer facilities that students and workers can use to create their own programming and learn valuable job skills. ” stated Hernández.
AB 1558 Would Streamline Health Care Information for Californians
SACRAMENTO —Today,Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D – West Covina) announced AB 1558 passed the Senate Health Committee on a 6-1 vote. This bill would ensure public access to comprehensive and uniform information on healthcare costs and prices via a website while protecting patient confidentiality and respecting providers of care.
“It is very crucial and of the utmost importance that Californians have access to health-care cost data across the state. Without a centralized public database, consumers are not able to assess the average discounts, if any, that are accepted by insurance providers. In recent years, the cost of health care has risen significantly and many families do not have the expertise on determining what a reasonable cost for health procedures,” stated Hernández.
AB 1897 Holds Employers Accountable in the Subcontracted Economy
SACRAMENTO —Today, Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D –West Covina) announced that AB 1897 passed on the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 5-2 vote. This Assembly Bill provides protections to temporary workers when companies use staffing agencies and other labor contractors to supply workers.
“Currently, employers are utilizing the subcontracted model commonly known as ‘perma-temps’ to avoid accountability in the workplace. Many times, the employer and the staffing agencies are able to avoid responsibility to the worker, leaving the worker without any rights to hold either party accountable if a labor violation arises,” stated Hernández.
AB 1973 Clears the Senate Governmental Organization Committee
SACRAMENTO — Today,Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D – West Covina) announced Assembly Bill 1973 passed the Senate Governmental Organization Committee on a 10-0 bi-partisan vote. AB 1973 elevates the recognition of Native American Day from a proclamation to an official state holiday, recognized annually on the fourth Friday of September.
“It is an honor for this bill to move one step closer in recognizing Native Americans in California. As with any recognized holiday, Californians will be able to share, celebrate and honor the contributions of Native Americans across this state. This measure recognizes the significant role of California's native peoples by establishing an official, unpaid state holiday,” stated Hernández.
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Roger Hernández announced AB 2751 passed the Assembly Floor on a 53-1 concurrence vote. This measure makes a number of clarifying and clean-up changes to AB 263 (Employment retaliation: immigration-related practices) signed into law last year.
“Last year, with the passage of my bill AB 263 employers are prohibited from using immigration status against workers who exercise their rights under the California Labor Code or local ordinances. This year, AB 2751 makes a number of clarifying changes to AB 263 to continue protecting workers against intimidation by any employer,” said Hernández.
Paid sick days. Tougher penalties for employers who withhold back wages. More liability for corporations that use subcontractors. The priority list of organized labor, a formidable force in the Legislature, begins with these three items.
In the recurring rhetoric of business vs. labor, the measures either protect workers or destroy work. The measures sit on the "job killer" list, published each year by the California Chamber of Commerce, that previews where business interests will play defense against the Democratic-controlled Legislature. All three have emerged from the Assembly and are advancing through the Senate.
A call for worker equality was shouted outside Taylor Farms Pacific on MacArthur Drive on Thursday by members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The group gathered in large numbers to protest the alleged mistreatment of company employees.
Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, chairman of the Committee on Labor and Employment, was one of the attendees.
“Nothing is more powerful than when a community comes together,” Hernandez said.