The Legislature tried to wrap things up on Thursday, September 12, 2013. Here’s the latest on bills of interest to people in public sector labor relations (note: since my last post I’ve added some more bills of interest):
- AB 25: Prohibits public agency from asking a job applicant to disclose social media password(s). Passed Legislature on 9/11/13. On Governor’s desk.
- AB 218: Prohibits public agency from asking a job applicant to disclose criminal conviction history until the agency has determined the applicant meets the minimum employment qualifications. Passed Legislature on 9/12/13. On Governor’s desk.
- AB 537: Makes various changes to the MMBA, including:
a) prohibiting ground rules that limit the ability of union negotiators to communicate directly with the employer’s governing body(Note: this provision was deleted from the version sent to the Governor); b) requiring tentative agreement to be approved by the governing body within 30 days of presentation; and c) makes contractual arbitration subject to the California Arbitration Act. Passed Legislature on 9/12/13. On Governor’s desk.
- AB 616: Amends MMBA to require PERB to certify that an impasse exists before allowing the parties to proceed to factfinding. Did not pass Assembly by August 30 deadline.
- AB 641: Allows family child care providers to unionize. PERB would have jurisdiction. CalHR would negotiate on behalf of the State. In Senate – Inactive.
- AB 729: Would establish a evidentiary privilege for union representative-represented employee communications. Passed Legislature on 9/6/13. On Governor’s desk.
- AB 1181: Requires MMBA employers to provide reasonable time off to union representatives for bargaining, testifying at PERB hearings, and testifying at personnel and/or merit commission hearings. Signed by Governor on 9/9/13.
- AB 1263: Allows medi-Cal certified medical interpreters to unionize. PERB would have jurisdiction. CalHR would negotiate on behalf of the State. Passed Legislature on 9/11/13. On Governor’s desk.
- SB 313: Amends POBOR to prohibit punitive action against peace officer solely because peace officer is on a Brady list. Passed Legislature on 9/12/13. On Governor’s desk.
- SB 765: Amends EERA to allow a supervisory peace officer employee to join or participate in a rank-and-file unit. Vetoed by Governor on 8/19/13.