Nonsense Assembly Bill threatens every business and resident in the State
Once again the legislators in Sacramento have demonstrated their lack of support for the businesses in the State. An Assembly Bill 2416, has careened through the Assembly (on party lines) has made its way to the Senate floor.
AB 2416 creates a new super-lien that would allow employees, governmental agencies or anyone authorized on behalf of the employee to file liens on an employer’s real or personal property, and/or property where work was performed, based on their alleged-yet-unproven wage claims.
It holds non-employer third parties liable for unpaid wages, precludes any financing options for real property Super-Priority Liens, forces a violation of the mortgage contract, freezes future financing options, places no limit on the number of liens recorded and forces property owners to court to deal with unproven claims.
Existing legal remedies are in place for wage disputes. Employees have a number of options at their disposal to address wage disputes without impacting mortgage financing, blurring property titles and clogging up the court system any further.
AB 2416 would cripple California businesses, severely disrupt commercial and personal real estate markets and would allow unproven wage dispute claims to take precedence over almost all other liens or judgments.
This “job killer” is not only bad for business but bad for the State of California.
The Redlands Chamber has been campaigning to oppose the bill and has asked Chamber members to send letters to not only our representative but also Senators that they believe will listen to reason.
It is imperative that we expose the nonsense legislation that is rampant in Sacramento, identify those that are responsible for it and make them accountable for the outcome.
Success in not determined by the number of ridiculous bills that get approved, but rather metered by the logical, sensible, constructive legislation passed that will keep California viable and identified as business friendly.
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State Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Redlands, hosted the 10th annual Women of Distinction event at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino. One of Redlands honorees this year is Sara Hector, owner of Visiting Angels and Redlands Fitness Training.
Visiting Angels is a senior home care business, located in downtown Redlands. Hector and her staff of “angels” go to the client’s home to provide care. Redlands Fitness Training is a personal training facility focusing on individual results and intimate setting, with no membership requirement or monthly dues.
Her road to success has not always been an easy one. In 2011 Hector was in a serious car accident and was placed on life support with extensive injuries. Through physical therapy and diligent exercise, she was on the road to recovery. Out of her hard rehabilitation she ended up buying the gym that helped her recover.
Hector credits a loyal staff for getting her and keeping her where she is today, along with the support and devotion of her husband Brandon.
Hector is a member of the Board of Trustees of the St. Bernadine Medical Foundation and Businesswomen’s Association of San Bernardino County, Holy Name of Jesus Church in Redlands and the Redlands Chamber of Commerce.
Hector is quick to praise those that she has encountered along her journey to success.
“Our region is incredibly blessed with remarkable women who continue to amaze me with their acts of service,” Morrell said in a news release. “It’s been a privilege to recognize them for their accomplishments. As we mark the 10th anniversary of this event, I’m grateful for the work of every woman we have honored over the years.”
Each year, the Women of Distinction Ceremony and Dinner showcases the service of women in the region who demonstrate a strong commitment to their communities. Awardees are nominated by members of the public, from business leaders to the volunteers in the community.
Chris Falcioni 25072Redlands Blvd Loma Linda, CA 92354 Phone: 796-1600 INLAND PRESORT & MAILING SERVICES Nick Chudasama 2025 W. Park Avenue #8 Redlands, CA 92373 Phone: 307-1300 LOMA LINDA LOPERS
Jim Walling P. O. Box 495 Loma Linda, CA 92354 Phone: 437-3194 McDONALD’S RESTAURANT Dick Shalhuob 612 E. Redlands Blvd Redlands, CA 92373 Phone: 793-1516 MILT MINOR, CPA Milt Minor 405 E. Citrus Avenue Redlands, CA 92373 Phone: 793-8117 MONTECITO MEMORIAL PARK Kelley Bowden 3520 E. Washington Street Colton, CA 92324 Phone: 825-3024 MONTESSORI IN REDLANDS Maura Joyce 1890 Orange Avenue Redlands, CA 92373 Phone: 793-6989 NEW-U-SOCAL Eliane Van Horn P. O. Box 1294 Yucaipa, CA 92399 Phone: 797-5338 PAGE LOCKSMITH David Page Yucaipa, CA 92399 Phone: 556-3270 POWELL & SPAFFORD, INC. Jessie Powell 447 Missouri Court Redlands, CA 92373 Phone: 885-7721 REDLANDS DIAMOND DISTRICT George Poli 2054 W. Redlands Blvd, Suite E-1 Redlands, CA 92373 Phone: 793-8393 REDLANDS POLICE DEPARTMENT Chief Mark Garcia P. O. Box 1025 Redlands, CA 92373 Phone: 335-4744 REDLANDS SPRINKLER George Morrison 10756 Nevada Street Redlands, CA 92373 Phone: 798-2204 SECURITY BANK OF CALIFORNIA Beth Sanders 201 E. State Street Redlands, CA 92373 Phone: 793-3355 SIZZLER RESTAURANT Arturo Silva 110 W. Redlands Blvd Redlands, CA 92373 Phone: 792-3579 SO. COAST AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DIST Todd Warden 21865 Copley Drive Diamond Bar, CA 91765 Phone: 396-3370 STB LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS Shawn Burch 15 So. 5th Street Redlands, CA 92373 Phone: 798-7490 SUPERIOR ROOFING Harry Hylkema 520 E. Stuart Redlands, CA 92374 Phone: 792-3681 THE ROCHFORD FOUNDATION Ellen Timothy 1205 E. Crescent Avenue Redlands, CA 92373 Phone: 793-5251
The Redlands Chamber of Commerce Government Review Committee is constantly on the lookout for legislation that will have a negative impact on the business community. Once again another bill as come along that creates more problems than it solves – California Assembly Bill 2416. Thank you Jan Hudson of Hudson Realty for bringing this one to our attention.
AB 2416, titled as the California Wage Theft Prevention Act, is intended to give employees an additional mechanism to recover unpaid wages. It allows an employee to file a lien on property where they provided their services for the amount of the unpaid wages. The problem is the legislation bypasses normal due process procedures, and can victimize parties having no control over wage dispute.
Here are some of the problems with the current version of the bill:
- Proof of wrongdoing by the employer is not required to file the lien
- The lien is filed against the property owner, even if the property owner is not the employer.
- The lien can apply even if there is not a formal agreement between the employer and employee.
For example, should this legislation pass a building owner could have a lien placed on their property by an employee of a building tenant, or even by the employee of a subcontractor that was hired by the tenant to perform work on the tenant space. And since there is not a requirement for a formal work agreement, there is potential for abuse. Someone could come onto a property and perform maintenance service without being asked. They could then claim that the services were requested by a building tenant, and file a lien against the building owner for lack of payment. In another situation, a contractor remodeling a home could hire a day laborer for some hourly work and not pay them. The homeowner would then find a lien placed on their property, possibly after the work was completed and they had paid the contractor in full.
Another side effect is the impact a lien can have on the owner’s operations. I this tight credit market a lien, even an unjustified one, can have a dramatic negative impact for someone trying to refinance to obtain a line of credit. While on the other side the penalty for filing an unjustified lien is up to $1,000 towards legal expenses.
California already has processes to resolve unpaid wage disputes. The last thing we need right now is more legislation to drive business out of the state. And the scary part is this bill is moving fast. It has already passed the Assembly on a party line vote, and is on its way to the Senate. The Redlands Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has taken a position opposing this bill, and written a letter to our State Senator Mike Morrell stating such. But given the ease this moved out of committee and through the Assembly, it appears it is on path for approval.
Senator Mike Morrell already opposes the bill, but letters of opposition from you will give him ammunition to help plead his case. In addition, any contacts you can rouse from other Senate districts will help. The more voices the better. Contact the Chamber if you would like a sample letter to send.
Contact the Chamber
Phone: (909) 793-2546
47 N. 1st St. Redlands, CA 92373