Minimum-wage exemption, amended hiring law highlight accomplishments for small business
Spared Small Business from Paid Leave Measure
The 2019 Legislature introduced a bill to mandate paid leave on any company with 25 or more employees. NFIB, working with the business community, exempted businesses with 50 or fewer employees from having to provide paid leave to their workers. Also exempted were temporary and seasonal workers.
Exempted Many Small Businesses from Minimum Wage Increase
The 2019 Legislature passed Assembly Bill 456 that will increase the minimum wage starting July 1, 2020, by 75 cents an hour. NFIB fought to get businesses with less than $250,000 in gross revenue exempt from the law. Since the minimum wage is in our constitution, there are some who don’t think the Legislature has the authority to raise it, so there may be a lawsuit filed. NFIB is following that discussion and will evaluate joining such a lawsuit.
Amended Bills Related to Hiring Mandates
AB 132 as introduced, banned an employer from using a character test in the pre-employment process. It also said an employer had to consider hiring a new employee even if they failed a drug test for marijuana. NFIB worked to delete the section banning character assessments and amended the bill to allow employers flexibility about hiring someone who fails a drug test.