News from the GCVCC Business Legislative Advocacy Committee
Letter of Support:
The California Chamber of Commerce and the organizations listed below are pleased to SUPPORT your AB 530 (Fong). AB 530 will provide employers with more specific information about which specific Labor Code violations are being brought under each subdivision of the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and whether the statutory right to cure provisions apply.
California has some of the most onerous and complex labor laws in the country. This complexity is exemplified by PAGA, which essentially allows an individual to pursue a “representative action” on behalf of similarly aggrieved employees without being subject to the strict filing requirements of a class action. Thousands of PAGA lawsuits are filed every year. An employee can bring a PAGA claim against employers for any Labor Code violation as long as that employee alleges they experienced one violation. Huff v. Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., 23 Cal. App. 5th 745 (2018). By way of example, an employee who alleges they missed one rest break can then sue for missed meal breaks, overtime wages, business expense reimbursements, wage statement penalties, waiting time penalties, and more on behalf of all California employees.