(April 29, 2022) Six days after the California Chamber of Commerce identified the job killer provisions of a workplace technology bill, the author pulled the proposal from the hearing agenda for the Assembly policy committee that was to consider it next.
The bill, AB 1651 (Kalra; D-San Jose), imposes overbroad, unworkable mandates on employers of all sizes, including public entities and tribal communities, that would reduce worker privacy, chill the development of new technologies, and wipe out small businesses for even a good faith mistake due to its excessively punitive enforcement mechanisms.
Given the April 29 deadline for legislative policy committees to send bills along for consideration by fiscal committees, AB 1651 will not advance this year.
In an opposition letter submitted to legislators on April 25, the CalChamber explained the numerous problems contained within this bill. To read the letter in full, click here.