What Are Employers to Do Now That the “Landmark” Law is in Place for Temp Workers?

What Are Employers to Do Now That the “Landmark” Law is in Place for Temp Workers?

When Governor Brown signed AB 1897 into law in 2014, very little was made about the details and the intend of this legislation.

There were a few short articles in the press about this law creating more liability for employers who contract for labor though staffing agencies.  I did a blog posting of it as well, but since the implementation was months away, not much was not said about the new employer responsibities created within this legislation.

The Huffington Post wrote a short piece and other outlets also provided some basic details.

This legislation was supported by labor unions and strongly opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce.

Now that the law is inforce, many questions have arisen as to what it all means to employers.  Here are some of the questions being asked:

  • Who is responsible for wage and hour violations?
  • What about shared liability with a “labor contactor?
  • What if the staffing firm fails to provide workers’ compensation insurance for the labor they provide?

To help employers gain a better understanding of this law and to develop strategies to address the provisions to protect themselves, here is a helpful resource.

The Sacramento Employer Advisory Council (SEAC) will sponsor a webinar about this law on Wednesday, June 10th at 12 p.m.  This topic will be presented by Leslie Ellis, who is an attorney with extensive experience and knowledge of employment law. She is a partner of Ellis Buehler Makus LLP in Sacramento, which is a law practice representing employers.

To join the webinar please go to the SEAC website to register. Here is the link:  http://ceac.org/region_3/sacramento_eac/saceac_events/

For more information, you may also email or phone Melissa Ford, SEAC Administrator at admin@saceac.com; 916-484-4647

Sacramento Employer Advisor Council, 5325 Elkhorn Blvd. #241, Sacramento, CA 95842

SEAC is a nonprofit organization, in partnership with EDD, with its mission to provide ongoing education to employers about employment laws that can and will affect their organizations.


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