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AB 2346 - Authorizes Farm Workers to Sue Employers for Health or Safety Violations - Key Vote

California Key Votes

Jerry Brown, Jr. vetoed this Legislation.

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Legislation - Vetoed (Executive) -

Title: Authorizes Farm Workers to Sue Employers for Health or Safety Violations

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (42-33) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Farm Workers to Sue Employers for Health or Safety Violations

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that authorizes agricultural employees to bring civil action against agricultural employers who repeatedly violate heat illness prevention regulations.

Highlights:
  • Requires an agricultural employer to comply and certify by January 31 of each year that he or she is in compliance with heat illness prevention requirements including, but not limited to, providing employees with the following (Sec. 3):
    • Water;
    • Shade; and
    • Training in the prevention of heat illness.
  • Authorizes an employee to bring civil action against a repeat offender of heat illness prevention regulations (Sec. 3).
  • Defines “repeat offender” as a farm operator or agricultural employer who commits a workplace health or safety violation on 2 or more days within a 3-year period (Sec. 3).
  • Specifies that an agricultural employer will be subject to penalties for fraud if he or she certified compliance with the prevention of heat illness requirements and is found not in compliance (Sec. 3).
  • Prohibits an agricultural employer from penalizing or dismissing an employee who seeks to ensure their employer’s compliance with the heat illness prevention requirements (Sec. 3).

 

Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (21-12) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Farm Workers to Sue Employers for Health or Safety Violations

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes agricultural employees to bring civil action against agricultural employers who repeatedly violate heat illness prevention regulations.

Highlights:
  • Requires an agricultural employer to comply and certify by January 31 of each year that he or she is in compliance with heat illness prevention requirements including, but not limited to, providing employees with the following (Sec. 3):
    • Water;
    • Shade; and
    • Training in the prevention of heat illness.
  • Authorizes an employee to bring civil action against a repeat offender of heat illness prevention regulations (Sec. 3).
  • Defines “repeat offender” as a farm operator or agricultural employer who commits a workplace health or safety violation on 2 or more days within a 3-year period (Sec. 3).
  • Specifies that an agricultural employer will be subject to penalties for fraud if he or she certified compliance with the prevention of heat illness requirements and is found not in compliance (Sec. 3).
  • Prohibits an agricultural employer from penalizing or dismissing an employee who seeks to ensure their employer’s compliance with the heat illness prevention requirements (Sec. 3).
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (41-28) -
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Authorizes Farm Workers to Sue Employers for Health or Safety Violations

Sponsors

  • Betsy Butler (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
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