Job Killer: A Ridiculous Bill by CA Assemblyman Jose Solorio

Given that California’s unemployment rate is at 12 percent now, one would think legislators in Sacramento would begin to realize the dire need to craft legislation, or better yet, scrap existing bad legislation, in the interest of economic growth and job creation.

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Instead, members of the state legislature, like Orange County’s lone Democrat Assemblyman Jose Solorio, are crafting legislation that will further hamper the economy and hurt job creation. In the case of the Solorio’s bill AB350, not only does it tie the hands of business it also gives special favors to unions. AB 350 forces successor contractors who provide services like maintenance, food service, window cleaning, etcetera to retain employees from previous contractors for 90 days which also means the union reps would have an additional 90 days too. Basically Solorio wants to tell businesses who they must hire and how long they have to keep them employed. Solorio is missing the bigger picture: Economic growth and job creation for the state.

The ill-advised bill is called the “Displaced Property Service Employee Opportunity Act”  and is an expansion of another bill that should have never seen the light of day: “Displaced Janitor Opportunity Act.” Just the names of these bills should serve as a reminder that members of the state legislature have far too much time on their hands.

Here is a summary of the bill from the Total Capitol website:

Existing law, the Displaced Janitor Opportunity Act, requires contractors and subcontractors, that are awarded contracts or subcontracts by an awarding authority to provide janitorial or building maintenance services at a particular job site or sites, to retain, for a period of 60 days, certain employees who were employed at that site by the previous contractor or subcontractor. The act requires the successor contractors and subcontractors to offer continued employment to those employees retained for the 60-day period if their performance during that 60-day period is satisfactory. The act authorizes an employee who was not offered employment or who has been discharged in violation of these provisions by a successor contractor or successor subcontractor, or an agent of the employee, to bring an action against a successor contractor or successor subcontractor in any superior court of the state having jurisdiction over the successor contractor or successor subcontractor, as specified. This bill would rename the act the Displaced Property Service Employee Opportunity Act and make the provisions of the act applicable to property services, which would consist of licensed security, as defined, window cleaning, food cafeteria and dietary services , janitorial services, and cleaning-related or light building maintenance services. This bill would exclude from the definitions of contractor and subcontractor specified types of food service providers. The bill also would make conforming changes.


(Originally blogged at the OC Register Orange Punch blog.)

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