Thursday, March 28, 2013

Workers Compensation Bill AB1138/ GO Biz Presentations

On March 21 AB1138 went through a process called gut and amend. What this means is the original language of the bill is eliminated and a new language is added. This is new language. If you look at the link it says that if an employer doesn’t keep track of their employees on a quarterly basis they are subject to penalties. It also says they will lose the exclusive remedy that exist on workers compensation injuries currently in California.. Right now as a general rule an employee cannot sue an employer if they suffer a workers compensation injury. SB Cal will be watching this closely. Comments?

Crack down on misclassification (AB 1138 – Chau). Misclassification of workers is spreading quickly. It brings down wages and working conditions in many key unionized industries. It also puts responsible contractors and other employers at a competitive disadvantage. We increased penalties for misclassification in previous legislation, now we need to improve enforcement. We will require that employers list the workers that are covered by their workers’ compensation insurance policies in order to expose who they employ off the books or misclassify as independent contractors.

The bill is here:

For those of you in the Sacramento area and the San Diego area please see two events being presented to small business. I went to the one in Emeryville and it was excellent.

Michael Lujans presentation on the Affordable Care Act is not to be missed if you can make.

CDC Small Business Finance and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) are pleased to host a working lunch for small business owners. The program will provide information on healthcare compliance, workforce training funds, and resources to help grow your business. Details are below! For more information about GO-Biz, please visit

Brown Bag it!

A Working Lunch for Small Businesses

The program will address the following questions and issues:

• Will the new health care law affect your business? Michael Lujan (Director, Small Business Health Options Program from the California State Health Benefit Exchange, newly named as Covered California) will explain how the Affordable Care Act will affect small businesses in California.

• In need of funds for employee training? Robert Meyer from the State of California’s Employment Training Panel will describe how small businesses can qualify for this program, which offers small businesses reimbursements for workforce training.

• What can GO-Biz do for your business? Barbara A. Vohryzek, Small Business Advocate from GO-Biz, will describe the range of services that GO-Biz provides to business owners.

Event Details

April 9, 2013, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

West Sacramento Civic Center Galleria

1110 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento

Registration $20.00 - Lunch provided

The event flyer is attached. Register now! Space is limited.

Please visit us at for registration and more information.

Event Details

April 11, 2013, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Liberty Station Conference Center

2600 Laning Road, San Diego, CA 92106

The event flyer is attached. Register now! Space is limited.

Please visit us at for registration and more information.

Scott Hauge


Small Business California

2311 Taraval Street

San Francisco, CA 94116


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