Now that Sacramento lawmakers have wrapped up the 2001-2002 legislative session, several employment-related measures sit on Gov. Davis’ desk, awaiting his signature or veto. Among the bills Davis is considering are measures that would establish a paid family leave program, prohibit mandatory arbitration, and create new penalties for health and safety violations.
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Also, Davis has already signed various measures of interest to employers, including bills that: restrict HMOs from changing premiums during the term of the employer’s contract with the HMO; suspend the one-year limitations period for filing a discrimination lawsuit in circumstances where the federal EEOC is investigating an employee’s complaint; permit domestic partners of deceased county employees to receive survivor benefits; provide workplace protections for sexual assault victims who take time off for legal proceedings; and create new reasonable accommodation obligations with respect to disabled state employees who are in their probationary period.