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Grocery Workers “Cleanup” Bill

On Sep­tem­ber 21, 2015, Cal­i­for­nia Gov­er­nor Jer­ry Brown signed “clean up” leg­is­la­tion (A.B. 897) to address an omis­sion in recent­ly enact­ed A.B. 359. Assem­bly Bill 359, which goes into effect on Jan­u­ary 1, 2016, will, upon a change in con­trol of a gro­cery estab­lish­ment, require an incum­bent gro­cery employ­er to pre­pare a list of spec­i­fied eli­gi­ble gro­cery work­ers for a suc­ces­sor gro­cery employ­er and would require the suc­ces­sor gro­cery employ­er to hire from this list dur­ing a 90-day tran­si­tion peri­od. Assem­bly Bill 359 defines a “gro­cery estab­lish­ment” to mean a retail store in this state that is over 15,000 square feet in size and that sells pri­mar­i­ly house­hold food­stuffs for off­site con­sump­tion, as specified.

Assem­bly Bill 897 amends the def­i­n­i­tion of “gro­cery estab­lish­ment” to exclude a retail store that has ceased oper­a­tions for six months or more.

Read 2015 CA A.B. 897

Employment Protections for National Guard Members

On August 12, 2015, Cal­i­for­nia Gov­er­nor Jer­ry Brown signed leg­is­la­tion amend­ing state law regard­ing employ­ment pro­tec­tions for mem­bers of the Nation­al Guard. Exist­ing Cal­i­for­nia law pro­vides pro­tec­tions for mem­bers of the Nation­al Guard ordered into active state ser­vice by the Gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia or active fed­er­al ser­vice by the Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States for emer­gency pur­pos­es, and for reservists called to active duty.

This bill extends the above pro­tec­tions to mem­bers of the Nation­al Guard of oth­er states, who are employed by a pri­vate employ­er in Cal­i­for­nia, that are called to mil­i­tary ser­vice by their respec­tive gov­er­nors or by the Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States.

The law goes into effect on Jan­u­ary 1, 2016.

View 2015 CA A.B. 583

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