But some are bad dreams for certain employers! Fresh off surviving a recall election just two weeks ago, California Governor Gavin Newsom, signed a couple of pieces of legislation into law over the past two weeks that won’t bode well for business going forward. Assembly Bill 1003, provides that employers found guilty of intentional theft of wages or tips by employers – in excess of $950 for an individual employee or over $2,350 for two or more employees in any consecutive 12-month period – may be charged with grand theft and could be sentenced to prison! AB 1003 doesn’t specifically define how “intentional” theft is determined, so issues such as the classification of employees or participation in tip pools become that much more important against this legislative backdrop. The final determination of charging an employer with a misdemeanor or felony is left to prosecutors. Following up on that just a few days ago, Newsom signed AB 286 into law, requiring food delivery companies to reveal all hidden charges and fees in a clear itemized cost breakdown to both customers and restaurants. AB 286 essentially expands upon the Fair Food Delivery Act, passed in 2020 and requiring third-party delivery firms to have an agreement in place with restaurants before advertising their business. AB 286 will become effective on January 1, giving restaurant owners more control over their transactions with food delivery apps and clearly provides them with final control of food and beverages sold through third-party delivery apps. Senate bill 639, which Newsom also signed into law last week phases out a sub-minimum wage program for mentally and/or physically handicapped workers where the state sets a lower minimum wage for licensees of the program. SB639 prohibits any further licenses being issued under the program beginning in 2022 and eliminates the sub-minimum wage completely by January 1. 2025 requiring all employees, regardless of handicap, to be paid the state minimum wage, which will rise to a full $15 per hour as of January 1, 2022. And finally on the other side of the ledger, the Governor vetoed Assembly Bill 123 which would have increased the amount of income California workers would receive from the state Paid Family Leave program to bond with a newborn or care for a sick loved one. The legislation proposed would have increased that amount from the current 60% of their income to 90 percent as of January 2025. With Newsom’s veto, that percentage will remain at 60 percent for the time being.