Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed two laws affecting employee rights.
A.B. 729 would have granted confidentiality to communications between union agents and represented current or former employees. The status would have been similar to attorney-client privilege.
Brown also vetoed S.B. 655, which would have amended the Fair Employment and Housing Act to allow a plaintiff to prevail on a discrimination or retaliation charge, provided he or she could prove that a protected activity or characteristic was a “substantial motivating factor” for an adverse employment action.
Had the law been enacted, however, it would have limited employee awards to just injunctive relief, attorneys’ fees and costs (including expert witness fees) and a statutory penalty up to $25,000.