By Grace Gedye | CalMatters
Supply chains are congested. Hire struggle. New mask rule. A virus attacks the return to work schedule. Last year was tumultuous for many businesses across California.
What’s in 2022? At the forefront of pandemic uncertainty is the question of what policymakers can do for – and for – businesses.
“The year 2022 will be a very busy legislative year,” said Jennifer Barrera, Executive Director of the California Chamber of Commerce.
Here are some of the impending problems facing California businesses in 2022.
Pandemic rules and paid leave
Workers are guaranteed Extended sick leave for COVID-19 Quarantine or vaccine side effects in the spring of 2021, and then that should be over in September.
“That is out of date, in our minds, at the worst possible time,” said Eduardo Martinez, legislative director for the California Federation of Labor, referring to the increase in Delta variation, sound peaked at the end of August.
With the rise of the Omicron variant, Wendy Carrillo, a Los Angeles Democrat, said she is looking for opportunities to extend COVID-19 sick leave again. Last time California got federal help to help cover the cost; This time it will have to go alone, she said. Point to the state of projected budget surplus of $31 billion, she said, “there is an opportunity for the governor and for the legislature to make sure that the health of 40 million people across the state of California comes first.”
Also likely on docket: law to increase their wage rate workers receive when they take paid family leave, according to Ash Kalra, a San Jose Democrat who chairs the Congressional labor and employment committee. “The current (wage) rate of substitution is particularly inappropriate for low-wage workers,” says Kalra.
The rate hike was passed by the legislature last year, but was vetoed by Governor Gavin Newsom, who said it would create “significant new costs”. In his veto statementNewsom said he looks forward to working with the legislature on the family leave issue.
In 2021, Oakland Democrat Buffy Wicks propose a bill that would require all workers to provide proof of vaccinations to their employers or submit for weekly inspection. Days later, as the legislative session drew to a close, she paused the idea, saying she would spend time working with colleagues and stakeholders “to make this the strongest bill possible.” come into force in 2022.”
Since then, the Biden administration has revealed a Vaccine requirements for big companies In November, it immediately attracted lawsuits and is now working its way through the legal system, and New York City has imposed vaccine requirements for all employees directly employed at its locations. private enterprise.
“We can’t be one New York,” said Robert Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable. “We need flexibility. And, so hopefully the governor, OSHA, etc., won’t go that route. “
In one August poll of 353 small business owners, 59% with employees said they would support legislation that would require businesses to get vaccinated or tested weekly.
It’s not clear if a similar proposal is on the cards for California.
Wicks communications director Erin Ivie wrote that the office is “still in the process of reviewing the types of vaccine legislation we hope to introduce in the upcoming session.” When asked if Cal/OSHA had any plans to make vaccine requirements available to all workers, spokeswoman Erika Monterroza said she was not aware of any such plans.
A spokesperson from the governor’s office said, “We know that boosters are the strongest defense we have against this serious illness caused by COVID-19, which is why the state requires healthcare professionals to promote health and encourages all other Californians to protect themselves from Variant Omicron by getting a booster. “The Minister of Health, Dr. Mark Ghaly has motioned that the state is not on the decommissioning path.
Multiple Voting Measures
The final list of initiatives that actually made it to your ballot in November will remain unresolved for months. But there are already some proposals that could affect businesses:
- Joe Sanberg, Investor Advocate take a measure that would increase California’s minimum wage to $18 per hour by 2025, with an additional year for small employers to comply;
- ONE suggestions targets housing affordability to enhance the lessor income tax credit and increase the value of tax-exempt property while increasing taxes on residential and commercial real estate valued at more than $4 million dollars;
- And a measure, supported by the California Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, will repeal a law that allows employees to sue employers for certain labor violations and receive monetary penalties, and require requires the legislature to fully fund code of conduct enforcers to enforce the law.
Small business, farmers and taxes
Outside near 1.2 billion federal dollars As for the loans that are likely to go to small businesses in California, state lawmakers will continue to try and support them, said Sabrina Cervantes, a Corona Democrat who chairs the Society’s committee. employment and economic development council. She plans to continue working an invoice that would incentivize landlords for small businesses to reduce rent.
The legislature may also take a different look at how elections for workers’ unions are conducted. In 2021, Santa Cruz Democrat Mark Stone introduced a bill that would give workers the option to fill out their ballot at home, instead of asking them to vote through a direct election. Newsom vetoed the measure, which opponents say makes workers more vulnerable to coercion, becoming the third California governor in a row to veto such a bill. Stone will continue to work on it in 2022, according to his office.
Business groups plan to be aggressive about the debt California’s unemployment insurance fund owes the federal government, emerged during the pandemic as more and more workers lose their jobs and gain benefits. Unless lawmakers step in, this debt will be repaid by raising taxes on businesses that will apply taxes in 2022, Barerra said.
Also on the horizon is a debate about employee data privacy. Employee data is initially exempt from data privacy law Californians voted for in 2020, but that study ends on the first day of 2023, giving the legislature a deadline to figure out what it wants to do, if anything, around worker data.
Martinez, from the labor union, said he’s increasingly hearing unions that employers collect data about workers without their knowledge or consent. “There is an opportunity to get some privacy for workers to limit some of the abuse,” says Martinez.
But the ongoing pandemic could disrupt even the best legislative plans.
“If next year isn’t like two years ago, you think you know what you’re doing and then suddenly something happens and – no – you’re doing something else,” says Martinez.
https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/03/sick-leave-wages-whats-ahead-for-california-businesses-in-2022/ What will happen to businesses in California in 2022 – San Bernardino Sun