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AB-403 Division of Labor Standards Enforcement: complaint.(2019-2020)

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Bill Status
AB-403
Kalra (A)
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Division of Labor Standards Enforcement: complaint.
03/09/19
An act to amend Sections 98.7 and 1102.5 of the Labor Code, relating to employment.
Assembly
09/12/19
05/16/19

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Desk Process
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
01/21/20 Stricken from file.
10/12/19 Vetoed by Governor.
09/17/19 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
09/09/19 In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
09/09/19 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 28. Noes 12. Page 2694.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 403 without my signature.

This bill would extend the period to file a whistleblower retaliation complaint with the Labor Commissioner from six months to within two years after the retaliation has occurred. This bill would also authorize a court to award reasonable attorney's fees to a plaintiff who brings a successful anti-retaliation action.

I commend the Legislature's recent work to enact strong anti-retaliation measures, including providing the Labor Commissioner's Office with authority to investigate retaliation when workers are too fearful to file a formal complaint, as well as the power to issue an administrative citation to enforce anti-retaliation statutes.

The Legislature has recognized that swift enforcement action by the Labor Commissioner is one of the most effective tools to combat retaliation and mitigate against its chilling effect on the rights of workers. I urge the Legislature to consider an approach that is consistent with other anti-retaliation statute of limitations in the Labor Code which are set to one year.

Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom