NEW EMPLOYMENT LAWS FOR CALIFORNIA
updated 02/11/14 10:54 AM
Many of Them Took Effect Jan. 1
California enacted a number of new laws in 2013 affecting employment relationships. Here, we highlight some of the key changes for credit unions to take note of as they plan for 2014. Unless otherwise noted, all laws took effect Jan. 1.
Training Time-Off for Reserve Peace Officers and Emergency Rescue Personnel
Assembly Bill 11; Logue—Prior law required California employers with 50 or more employees to provide temporary leaves of absence of up to 14 days per calendar year for employees who are volunteer firefighters for the purpose of fi re or law enforcement training. AB 11 adds reserve peace officers and emergency rescue personnel to this list and expands the law to cover time off for emergency rescue training.
Expansion of ‘Paid Family Leave’
Senate Bill 770; Jackson—California’s Paid Family Leave Program provides a wage replacement benefit that allows eligible employees to take up to six weeks of partially paid leave from their jobs each year to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, domestic partner, or to bond with a minor child within one year of the birth or placement of the child in foster care or adoption. Effective July 1, 2014, SB 770 expands the definition of “family member” to allow Paid Family Leave for workers who take time off to care for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and parents-in-law.
Time-Off for Crime Victims
Senate Bill 288; Lieu—SB 288 prohibits an employer from discharging, or in any manner discriminating or retaliating against, an employee who is a victim of a specified crime for taking time off from work to appear in any court proceeding. “Victim” means any person who suffers direct or threatened physical, psychological, or financial harm as a result of the commission or attempted commission of a crime or delinquent act. It also includes the person’s spouse, parent, child, sibling, or guardian.
Protection for Military and Veteran Status
Assembly Bill 556; Salas—AB 556 adds “military and veteran status” to the list of categories protected from employment discrimination under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
Protection for Victims of Stalking
Senate Bill 400; Jackson—Prior law prohibited employers from discharging, or in any manner discriminating or retaliating against, a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault if the victim takes time off to attend to issues arising as a result of the crime. SB 400 strengthens those protections and extends them to victims of stalking. It also adds an obligation to provide reasonable accommodations (e.g., transfer, reassignment, modified schedule, changed work telephone, etc.) for a victim who requests it for his or her safety at work.
Definition of ‘Sexual Harassment’
Senate Bill 292; Corbett—SB 292 amends the definition of harassment to clarify that “sexually harassing conduct need not be motivated by sexual desire.”
Good Samaritan Employee Protection
Assembly Bill 633; Salas—AB 633 prohibits an employer from adopting or enforcing a policy prohibiting an employee from voluntarily providing emergency medical services (CPR). An employer may authorize certain employees trained in emergency services to provide them, but any available employee may voluntarily do so if a trained and authorized employee is unavailable, unable, or unwilling.
Senate Bill 496; Wright— Employers are prohibited from making, adopting, or enforcing any rule, regulation, or policy that prevents an employee from disclosing information to a government or law enforcement agency when the employee has reasonable cause to believe that the information is a violation of or noncompliance with a local rule or regulation. This also extends to reporting to a person with authority over the employee or to another employee with authority to investigate or address the violation, or from providing information to, or testifying before, any public body conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry. An employer is also prohibited from retaliating for same.
SUCCESS AT ‘SACTOWN’ AND GRR updated
04/16/15 02:46 PM
April 12-14 in Sacramento
The annual Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run and the California Government Relations Rally (GRR) were huge successes. Hundreds of credit union leaders, professionals, and volunteers convened in Sacramento to participate in these consecutive events on April 12-14. Collectively, our efforts will help change lives and make a positive impact on the movement.
SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS FOR TAX DAY updated
04/15/15 12:06 PM
CU Members Paid $1.2T in Taxes in 2014
Today is tax day! Nearly 102 million credit union member owners paid $1.2 trillion in taxes in 2014. In California alone, 9.9 million members paid $127 billion in taxes, while in Nevada 330,000 members paid $3.9 billion in taxes.
‘SACTOWN 10’ TROPHY AWARDED updated
04/15/15 01:32 PM
Rep. Ken Cooley Claims Prize
Following a legislative meeting during the California Government Relations Rally on April 14, League members presented Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) with this year's Legislative Team Traveling trophy. The trophy is awarded to the legislative team with the best combined run time in the Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run’s five-mile team run.
JAN OWEN: STATE CUs STRONG, GROWING updated
04/14/15 10:29 AM
Mentions Joint Exams, Advisory Board Seat
The health of state-chartered credit unions in California is strong, with the average net worth ratio at 11.2 percent, according to Jan Owen, commissioner for the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO). She spoke at the California Credit Union League’s 2015 Government Relations Rally (GRR) on Tuesday morning.
POLITICAL ARENA SHAPES CU ADVOCACY updated
04/14/15 09:48 AM
Jim Brulte Addresses GRR Attendees
California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte helped kick off the California Credit Union League's 2015 Government Relations Rally on Monday afternoon, giving attendees a taste of how the state and federal political environments have evolved over the past few decades, and what it means for credit union leaders when they visit state legislators.
CFPB—WHAT DID YOU SAY? updated
04/14/15 02:17 PM
Consumers To Share Complaint Stories
In July 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a policy that would allow consumers to publicly share their stories when they submit complaints to the bureau. Recently, the CFPB has now finalized its consumer narrative policy.
'SACTOWN' RAISES NEARLY 200K FOR CMN updated
04/13/15 04:59 PM
Benefits Children’s Hospitals in CA, NV
The fourth annual Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run—which took place Sunday in downtown Sacramento—raised more than $195,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) in California and Nevada.
PRIVATELY-INSURED CUS JOIN FHLB updated
04/13/15 03:21 PM
House Passes H.R. 299
The House passed the Capital Access for Community Financial Institutions Act of 2015 (H.R. 299), a bill that would allow privately-insured credit unions to join the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) program. According to Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), the bill would give 1.2 million credit union members greater access to credit.
‘SACTOWN 10’ RAISES $200K SO FAR updated
04/10/15 11:23 AM
Race is April 12, 2015
The credit union community will be out in force for the first of four events that represent the Credit Union Miracle Day Family of Races benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: the Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run in Sacramento, CA and Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten-Mile Run in Washington, D.C.—both happening on April 12.
CA ECONOMY: MAJOR GROWTH PREDICTED updated
04/09/15 08:15 AM
Two Forecasts Talk Jobs, Wages, More
Stop calling it a “recovery”—the California economy is in expansion mode, and it won’t taper for the foreseeable future.
NCUA UPDATES SECONDARY CAPITAL updated
04/09/15 01:44 PM
Federation Applauds Efforts
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has announced major improvements to secondary capital, which will spur greater investment into the credit union system. The NCUA's Supervisory Policy Manual revisions will provide clear steps for Low Income Designated (LID) credit unions to apply and be approved for pre-payment of secondary capital. The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (Federation) is pleased with the NCUA’s action.
CO-OP DECLARES $29.2M DIVIDENDS updated
04/08/15 02:10 PM
Has Nearly 1,200 Shareholding CUs
CO-OP Financial Services announced a shareholder dividend pool of $29.2 million for 2014, bringing its total shareholder patronage amount to $314.1 million since 1996. Additionally, the year was marked with new records, partnerships, and products for the CUSO.
CUs, LEAGUES, AND NCUA MEET updated
04/06/15 11:18 AM
Exam Survey and IRR Discussed
Representatives from the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues joined other state league and credit union leaders in meeting with National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Region V Director Liz Whitehead and her staff last Friday in Arizona.
REGISTER NOW FOR NEXT WEEK'S GRR updated
04/06/15 03:04 PM
Highly Anticipated Event This Year
The most important state advocacy event of the year for credit unions takes place NEXT WEEK—the California Government Relations Rally (GRR) in Sacramento.
APRIL: FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH updated
04/02/15 02:39 PM
CUNA and NCUF Celebrate
April is dubbed National Financial Literacy Month and National Credit Union Youth Month. It signifies a time for credit unions and organizations to engage with their members—particularly youth—about the importance of financial literacy.
LATEST ‘MEMBERS FIRST IN ACTION’ updated
04/01/15 12:47 PM
Q4 Activities from the Leagues
In this Members First In Action update, we recap the first quarter and year-to-date benefits extended to your credit union as a valued member of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and Credit Union National Association (CUNA).
‘SACTOWN’ FEATURED ON TODAY SHOW updated
04/01/15 03:35 PM
Local Race Part of National Effort
The annual Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run has been selected as a flagship race by the TODAY Show as part of its health-focused national #RunforTODAY program. In partnership with local NBC-affiliates, the program is aimed at empowering women across the country to get fit this spring.
CONGRESSMAN VISITS SAN DIEGO CUs updated
04/01/15 03:18 PM
Rep. Xavier Becerra Talks Industry Issues
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) held a series of meetings in San Diego on March 30, the first of which was with credit union leaders.
CA GRR: JIM BRULTE AND JAN OWEN updated
03/31/15 11:37 AM
Exciting Guest Speakers
This year’s California Government Relations Rally (GRR) from April 13-14 in Sacramento will feature guest appearances by Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party, and Jan Owen, commissioner of the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO).
LEAGUES TO MEET WITH WHITEHEAD updated
03/31/15 10:29 AM
Exam Survey in Focus
National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Region V Director Liz Whitehead and her senior staff will meet with representatives from the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and other state leagues in Arizona this coming Friday to discuss credit union issues, including the examination process.
LEAGUES’ VP RECEIVES CMBDC AWARD updated
03/31/15 01:52 PM
Carol Payne Inducted into Hall of Fame
Carol Payne, vice president of communications and marketing for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, was inducted into the CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council’s (CMBDC) Hall of Fame during its annual conference held March 25-28, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.
ANTICIPATING THE CFPB’S FIRST VISIT updated
03/30/15 10:38 AM
SchoolsFirst FCU Discusses Preparation
The fact that examiners from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are expected to walk through the doors of SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union’s headquarters in Santa Ana sometime this year is not only “a first” for California’s largest cooperative financial institution, it’s a landmark event for the state’s entire credit union industry.
CA MEDIA JUMP ON LEAGUE DATA updated
03/27/15 01:58 PM
Impressive Story Coverage
The California credit union system has gained substantial momentum in local media outlets in recent months. Among the top topics covered by publications is the California Credit Union League's strong fourth quarter lending data.
HARRY REID TO RETIRE IN 2016 updated
03/27/15 01:11 PM
Served Senate Since 2005
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will not seek re-election in 2016, he said in an interview with the New York Times. He has led the Senate democrats since 2005 and has had a three-decade congressional career.