Single Payer Fails to Pass CA Assembly:
AB-1400 (Kalra) the ‘Guaranteed Health Care for All’ Act failed to pass the California State Assembly on 1/31/22, the last day to pass two-year bills in accordance with the California Constitution. The bill caused multiple controversies and sparked inter party debate amongst lawmakers and was withheld from a vote on the Assembly floor. According to an analysis by the Assembly Appropriations Committee —this initiative would’ve costed taxpayers anywhere from $158.5B to $195.5B in reserves.
Lawmakers Release New COVID Sick Leave Bill:
AB 84 (Committee on Budget) , on Employment: COVID-19: supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) was introduced on 2/2/22 after a deal was reached between Governor Newsom and the Legislature. Its language is similar to last year’s SPLS bill—SB 95. AB 84 would allow for SPSL benefits apply retroactively to January 1, 2022 but would expire September 30, 2022. The law would apply to employers who have 25 or more employees and would cover full and part-time employees who’ve been impacted by COVID-19. For more information about what this means for your business please refer to the link above.