California El Camino Real Association of Occupational Health Nurses

New Year, New Leadership, New Bills

Posted 17 days ago by Lori Wolfe

The first month of 2019 is over. Gavin Newsom has been sworn in as Governor with a democratic majority in the state legislature. Over 2000 bills have been presented in the legislature. Here are a few that may be of interest to CECRAOHN. 

AB9- Employment discrimination: limitation of actions

AB 9, as introduced, Reyes. Employment discrimination: limitation of actions.
Existing law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, makes specified employment and housing practices unlawful, including discrimination against or harassment of employees and tenants, among others. Existing law authorizes a person claiming to be aggrieved by an alleged unlawful practice to file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing within one year from the date upon which the unlawful practice occurred, unless otherwise specified.
This bill would extend the above-described period to 3 years for complaints alleging employment discrimination, as specified. The bill would make conforming changes in provisions that grant a person allegedly aggrieved by an unlawful practice who first obtains knowledge of the facts of the alleged unlawful practice after the expiration of the limitations period, as specified.
This bill would prohibit its provisions from being interpreted to revive lapsed claims.
Status: 1-17-2019 To Assembly Labor and Employment Committee
AB 35 Worker Safety: blood lead levels: reporting
AB 35, as introduced, Kalra. Worker safety: blood lead levels: reporting.
Existing law requires the Department of Industrial Relations, by interagency agreement with the State Department of Public Health, to establish a repository of current data on toxic materials and harmful physical agents in use or potentially in use in places of employment in the state. That repository is known as the Hazard Evaluation System and Information Service (HESIS). Existing law requires the HESIS, among other things, to provide information and collect and evaluate data relating to possible hazards to employees resulting from exposure to toxic materials or harmful physical agents. Existing law establishes the Division of Occupational Safety and Health within the Department of Industrial Relations and requires the division to, among other things, monitor, analyze, and propose health and safety standards for workers.
This bill would require the State Department of Public Health to consider a report from a laboratory of an employee’s blood lead level at or above 25 micrograms per deciliter to be injurious to the health of the employee and to report that case within 5 business days to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The bill would further provide that the above-described report would constitute a serious violation and subject the employer or place of employment to an investigation, as provided, by the division, and would require the division to make any citations or fines imposed as a result of the investigation publicly available on an annual basis.
Status: 1-17-2019 To Assembly Labor and Employment Committee
SR7 Relative to womens' reproductive health
This is a Senate Resolution affirming a woman's right to choose an abortion in the state of California free from government interference. It was presented in December of 2018 and passed 1-22-2019. Here is a link to read the full resolution:  file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/201920200SR7_Senate%20Floor%20Analyses_%20(1).pdf
You may follow any bill by using this link:  http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/home.xhtml