CGA understands the challenges facing our members when impacted by new legislation and strives to provide educational resources to address these challenges. In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown acted on more than 900 pieces of legislation. Several bills signed into law will have implications on the retail business community. CGA has identified five new laws that will most significantly impact grocery companies in California. They include:
- AB 10 (Alejo) – this bill increase California’s minimum wage beginning July 1, 2014.
- AB 263 (Hernandez)/SB 496 (Wright) – these bills add new law to the labor code pertaining to employer retaliation against employees based on their immigration status.
- SB 465 (Correa) – this bill addresses the issue of ‘slack fill’ in consumer and food products and the circumstances where a violation can be found.
- SB 667 (Roth) – this bill changes the standard of proof from strict liability to known or should have known before a violation can be issued against a grocer selling shelled eggs not in compliance with Proposition 2 standards.
- SB 770 (Jackson) – this bill expands the scope of the family temporary disability program beginning July 1, 2014.