California employers will now share liability with their labor contractors for complying with state labor and wage laws, including safety and workers’ compensation laws.
Governor Jerry Brown this week signed into law the hotly contested AB 1897, which extends to nearly all employers rules that previously applied to temps and contract workers in the agricultural, construction, and garment industries.
Strongly supported by organized labor, the bill was labeled a “job killer” by theCalifornia Chamber of Commerce, which sought to rally its members to have the governor veto the bill.
The bill gives temps the right to sue the company, rather than the staffing agency, for violations of California labor laws. ...