Current update regarding DJJ/POC discussion at the Capitol


  • DJJ item 116 was bifurcated:
    • Approved the savings as budgeted, but the savings amount would be adjusted reflecting new points from the LAO
    • Held open the reduction of positions
  • POC held open
  • Trigger reductions held open


Sub 5 Hearing Agendas

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION FOR MAY 21 HEARING: Due to social distancing requirements, the hearing will include the use of video-conferencing technology to facilitate panelists and will have a moderated telephone line to assist with public participation at the hearing.  The hearing itself can be viewed remotely through the live stream on the Assembly’s website.

After both panels have concluded, and after the conclusion of member questions, the public may provide public comment by using the following toll-free number: 1-877-692-8957; Access Code: 283 438.

If you encounter technical problems with accessing the public comment phone line, please contact the Assembly Budget Committee at (916) 319-2099 and a staff member will assist you.

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California Court Expands Reporting-Time Pay to On-Call Shifts

California’s Wage Orders include a requirement that employers pay employees at least two hours’ wages when an employee “reports for work” but is not actually put to work. A California Court of Appeal has now issued an important decision expanding the concept of what it means to “report for work” for purposes of this rule. The Court concluded that an employee “reports for work” whenever an employee complies with an employer requirement to initiate contact with the employer to determine if the employee is required to appear for a shift, including calling in or logging onto a computer. With this decision, employees who are scheduled for on-call shifts are now entitled to at least two hours of pay, even if the employees are told to not come in for work.

In Ward v. Tilly’s, Inc., (Feb. 4. 2019), an hourly retail employee at Tilly’s brought a class action for failure to pay reporting time wages. Tilly’s had a practice of scheduling employees for on-call shifts, which had a designated start and end time; however, the employees were required to call their respective stores two hours before the start of an on-call shift to determine if they were needed for work. Tilly’s argued that the reporting time payment requirements only apply when an employee physically appears at work.

The Court disagreed and found that Tilly’s practices had much in common with the “specific abuse the [Industrial Welfare Commission] sought to combat by enacting a reporting time pay requirement in 1942.” That abuse, the Court concluded, is demonstrated by an employer’s failure to compensate an employee anything for the expenses and inconvenience an employee suffers when checking in for an on-call shift.

The Court of Appeal’s decision has a far-reaching impact. This decision will significantly change employers’ scheduling practices and protect low-wage workers by providing them with more certainty in their work schedules. Generally, this Wage Order rule is not subject to waiver in a collective bargaining agreement, so the decision will apply to unionized workforces, as well as the unorganized.

For more information, please contact:

President Abdul Johnson at

Legislative Update (SB-363 and SB-591)

SB 363 (Pan): Workplace Safety

Today, the California State Senate Committee on Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement passed through the AFSCME sponsored bill, SB 363. This bill would require the State Department of State Hospitals, the State Department of Developmental Services, or the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to report the total number of assaults against employees at each facility operated by the respective department monthly to the bargaining unit of an employee affected by an assault. The bill passed with a 5-0 vote. The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations.

SB-591 Incarcerated persons: health records.

Yesterday, the California State Senate Public Safety Committee passed the AFSCME sponsored bill SB 591. This bill would require the disclosure of information between a county correctional facility, a county medical facility, a state correctional facility, a state hospital, or a facility of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, to ensure the continuity of health care of an inmate being transferred between those facilities. This bill would require that the prisoner be evaluated by a practicing psychologist from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and that those psychologists be given access to a prisoner being temporarily housed at other facilities. The bill passed with a 6-0 vote. It now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Not Present: Senator Holly Mitchell (D)