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OSCC Legislative Report

Apr-6-2015

Key Items for OSCC in coming week (April 6 - 10):

 

April 10 (Friday) is the first major deadline of the 2015 session!  All bills must be posted for a committee vote by midnight on Friday in order to survive for the session.  This is typically where we see at least half of all legislation die.  This whittles down the playing field significantly for potential legislation.

OSCC will issue a report to its members regarding which bills will not move any further this session.  It’s our hope that a majority of the anti-business bills do not move forward, however, we caution that most of the bills OSCC opposes will at least get scheduled for a committee vote.

 

OSCC Anticipates Getting Engaged in the Following Issues in April:

 

  • HB 2386 – the bill that gives BOLI the unchecked ability to issue cease and desist orders if the Labor Commissioner “has reason to believe” an employer has committed an unlawful employment practice – was defeated on the House floor. However, we anticipate that there will be an attempt to revive this bill. OSCC will alert you with an Action Alert and talking point if/when this occurs.

 

  • HB 3025 – the legislation that prohibits employers from conducting criminal background checks on job applicants until after a conditional job offer has been made – is anticipated to get a push before the April 10 deadline. OSCC will activate chambers with an Action Alert on this issue if/when it appears that it may pick up steam. It is unclear whether this bill has any legs or not at this time.

 

  • Both the paid sick leave bills – SB 454 and HB 2005 – will also be our focus this month due to the emerging cost impact of the bill. The Legislative Revenue Office has determined that the sick leave mandate will cost employers nearly $1 billion per biennium. This number far exceeds the impact of the Measure 66/67 tax increases.

 

With the new official cost projections on paid sick leave coming out of the Legislative Revenue Office, we will want to make sure we are talking about the cost of paid sick leave.  We have never had the benefit of quantifiable cost information on a new proposed regulation like this.  This is very significant.

 

OSCC will issue new talking points and message templates on paid sick leave to share with your legislators.  We need to be talking about the cost now that we have the official figures.


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