Sacramento, CA: The GCVCC has taken a position of opposition to AB 628. The position is taken based on the GCVCC Platform position(s) found under “Exposure to Excessive Litigation”.
GCVCC Legislative Team: While well intentioned, AB 628 could have series impacts on small businesses, particularly those that employee less than 5 people. A small business owner could lose a staff member for an unlimited amount of time for an incident that did not even happen at their work place. With the new AB 5 rule, it is unlikely they could plug the gap with a temporary contractor, leaving them the potentially expensive option of paying for an un-budgeted temp.
CalChamber Analysis: Uncapped New Leave of Absence for Employees and Their Family Members. Significantly expands the definition of sexual harassment under the Labor Code, which is different than the definition in the Government Code, leading to inconsistent implementation of anti—harassment policies, confusion, and litigation. Also, provides an unprecedented, uncapped leave of absence for victims of sexual harassment and their “family members” which is broadly defined, that will add another layer of burdens on employers and their ability to manage their workforce.