Governor Newsom signs landmark legislation expanding protections for warehouse workers

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SACRAMENTO – Tackling injuries among workers in the warehousing industry, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed AB 701 by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), which establishes leading new transparency measures for companies to disclose descriptions of production quotas to their workers and prohibits the use of algorithms that disrupt basic workers’ rights such as rest periods, toilet breaks or compliance health and safety laws. The legislation ensures that workers cannot be fired or retaliated against if they fail to meet a dangerous quota and allows them to seek an injunction.

“We cannot allow companies to put profit before people. The hardworking warehouse workers who have helped support us during this unprecedented time should not have to risk injury or be punished because of operating quotas that violate basic health and safety, ”said Governor Newsom. “I am proud to sign this legislation giving them the dignity, respect and safety they deserve and advancing California’s leadership at the forefront of workplace safety.

AB 701 also allows the labor commissioner to issue citations and access workers’ compensation data to identify facilities where injury rates are likely to be high due to the use of unsafe quotas.

The governor also signed the following bills today:

  • AB 239 by Assembly member Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) – Winegrowers and brandy makers: exercise of privileges: locations.
  • AB 262 by Assembly member Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) – Human trafficking: vacatur relief for victims.
  • AB 565 by Assembly Member Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) – Interagency Advisory Committee on Learning: Homeless Youth and Youth in Foster Care.
  • AB 624 by Assembly member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) – Minors: transfer to criminal jurisdiction: appeals.
  • AB 700 by Assembly Member Jordan Cunningham (R-County of San Luis Obispo) – Criminal Proceedings: Indictment and Trial.
  • AB 744 by Assembly member Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) – National roads: National road 83: reduction.
  • AB 746 by Assembly Member Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside) – Adoption: adoption by in-laws.
  • AB 784 by Assembly Member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District.
  • AB 788 by MP Lisa Calderon (D-Whittier) – Juveniles: reunification.
  • AB 898 by Assembly Member Alex Lee (D-San Jose) – Criminal Record: Automatic Criminal Record Relief.
  • AB 941 By Assembly Member Steve Bennett (D-Ventura) – Helping Farmers: Resource Centers.
  • AB 1031 by Assembly Member Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) – State agencies: interns and student assistants: hiring preference.
  • AB 1157 by Assembly Member Alex Lee (D-San Jose) – Controller: Transportation Fund: Distribution and reporting requirements.
  • AB 1247 by Assembly member Ed Chau (D-Arcadia) – Criminal proceedings: limitation of actions.
  • AB 1267 by Assembly Member Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo County) – Alcoholic beverages: advertising or promoting donations to a non-profit charity.
  • AB 1275 By Assembly Member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles) – Control of alcoholic beverages: minors.
  • AB 1281 by the deputy Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Criminal proceedings: conservatory orders.
  • AB 1318 by Assembly Member Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – Judgment Delayed Entry Pilot Program.
  • AB 1374 by Assembly Member Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) – Driver’s license: organ donation.
  • AB 1499 by Assembly Member Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) – Transportation: design-build: highways.
  • AB 1579 by the Commission de la magistrature – omnibus on family law.
  • SB 241 by Senator Thomas Umberg (D-Santa Ana) – Civil actions.
  • SB 315 by Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) – Revocable transfer on death certificates.
  • SB 323 by Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) – Local authorities: water or sewer service: legal actions.
  • SB 333 by Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – San Joaquin Regional Transit District: supply.
  • SB 501 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) – Claims against public entities.
  • SB 509 by Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) – Optometry: COVID-19 pandemic: temporary licenses.
  • SB 548 By Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority: Transit Connectivity.
  • SB 734 by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) – Redevelopment agencies: passthrough agreements: modification.
  • SB 762 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) – Contracts.
  • SB 779 by Senator Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park) – California Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act: Earning and Learning Programs.
  • SB 813 by the Committee on Governance and Finance – General Law on Local Governments of 2021.

The governor also announced that he had vetoed the following bills:

  • AB 604 By Assembly Member Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) – Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account: Distribution of Funds: Accrued Interest. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 616 by Assembly Member Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – Labor Relations in Agriculture: Elections for Labor Representatives: Election of Representation Ballots. A veto message can be found here.

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