AB 257, currently moving through the California legislature will establish an unelected council to regulate workplace policy in quick service restaurants.
In doing so, this bill will single out a small sector of restaurants with the burden of duplicative regulations, creating dramatic inequities for these small business owners. The creation of this government council puts politics over good policy.
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AB 257 Hurts Small Businesses Owned by People of Color, Women, and Immigrants
Restaurants offer more opportunities for People of Color, Women, immigrants, and other minority communities to be independent small business owners.
Instead of creating opportunity, AB 257 would seriously restrict new entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds who want to be in business for themselves, but not by themselves and benefit from a well-known brand.
Employees and communities benefit from local owners who understand their unique needs – this measure would take away that independence with a one size fits all approach.
AB 257 Adds More Political Appointees and Undermines California’s Worker Protection Laws and Agencies
This unelected government council can change rules and regulations established by the legislature and other well-established worker protection agencies.
Under AB 257, cities can establish more unelected councils that will add even more bureaucracy and could act as a model to organize government councils for other industries.
California already has vast resources for enforcement of labor laws – hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars a year. This adds more politics and bureaucracy instead of enforcement of our already robust labor laws.
More Regulations, More Costs, Higher Prices – No Accountability
Under AB 257, this newly created government council’s powers are so broad they can supersede statewide policies currently set by California Department of Public Health, Cal-OSHA, and the Labor Commissioner.
As our state is beginning to emerge from a pandemic, businesses are re-opening and struggling to rehire hundreds of thousands of employees, now is not the time to implement another onerous regulatory structure that will slow rehiring and rebuilding.