Legislative Updates

Shane Clary, CAA Legislative Chair

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California Alarm Association Board Of Directors Meeting

Feb 14 2024

California Alarm Association Board of Directors Meeting – Governmental Affairs Committee Report

The Governmental Affairs Committee has been busy during 2023 monitoring bills that have been introduced in both the State Assembly and Senate. Life has returned to more of a normal operation within the halls of the Capitol, with offices being open for visits with the Members and their Staffs.
IRS Suspends Processing of Employee Retention Credits

Sep 26 2023

IRS Suspends Processing of Employee Retention Credits

Like many business owners, you have been getting cards, letters, emails, phone calls, etc., about the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). I personally have received notices portending to be from the IRS, the Small Business Administration, even from my bank, letting me know that I “may qualify for a “grant of up to $26,000 per employee.”  They…
EGRS Provides End-Of-Session Update on 2023 Employment Legislation

Sep 20 2023

EGRS Provides End-Of-Session Update on 2023 Employment Legislation

The California Legislature closed out its work for the 2023 legislative session on the evening of September 14. While there were several areas of public policymaking that captured the Legislature’s attention this year, no issue dominated the legislative landscape in 2023 the way labor and employment policy did.
COVID-19 Temporary Flexibilities Form I-9

Jul 25 2023

COVID-19 Temporary Flexibilities Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, Will End July 31

In March 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) introduced COVID-19 temporary flexibilities for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification that allowed employers operating remotely to verify employee identity and employment authorization documents virtually

Mar 20 2023

Copyright Office Offers New Guidance for Registering Works Using AI-Generated Materials

Today (March 16, 2023), the U.S. Copyright Office issued a statement clarifying its practices for examining and registering works containing material generated through use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) technology. 

Feb 21 2023

Reversing Itself, Ninth Circuit Invalidates California’s Ban on Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements

In 2018, California passed a controversial law called AB-51 (now Labor Code Section 432.6) that prohibited California employers from requiring arbitration agreements as a condition of employment – on pain of jail time and civil penalties.  AB-51 was immediately challenged and preliminarily enjoined under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), which was passed almost 100 years ago to combat judicial “hostility” towards arbitration and preempts any law that discriminates against arbitration agreements.

Jan 23 2023

California DOJ Approves Pilot of TMA’s Automated Secure Alarm Protocol

The Monitoring Association (TMA) welcomed its 119th Emergency Communications Center (ECC) in the United States and its first agency in the state of California to implement the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP). The state of California became the 22nd state in the United States to participate in the ASAP program. Launched in 2011 as a public-private partnership, TMA’s ASAP service is designed to increase the accuracy and efficiency of calls for service from alarm companies to Emergency Communication Centers (ECCs).
Guidance Regarding California Pay Scale Disclosure Requirements is Released

Jan 16 2023

Guidance Regarding California Pay Scale Disclosure Requirements is Released

On December 27, 2022, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office released FAQ guidance (the “Guidance”) on California’s new pay transparency law (the “California Pay Transparency Law”) pay scale disclosure requirements.

Oct 20 2022

California Approves Bereavement Leave

 California Governor Gavin Newson has approved and signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1949, an amendment to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) that will take effect on January 1, 2023. AB 1949 now requires covered California employers to provide eligible employees with five days of unpaid bereavement leave for the death of a qualifying family member. 

Oct 14 2022

California Enacts New Law Mandating Pay Range Disclosures In Job Listings

Is your company hiring?  If so, it’s important to know that California has passed new requirements for job postings and important disclosures to applicants and employees.

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The California Alarm Association develops and manages programs to benefit members and to promote the growth of professionalism in the electronic security industry throughout the state of California. Membership dues provide the foundation for funding these programs, but we rely on the financial support of individuals and companies to expand existing programs and launch new initiatives. These non-dues revenues are critical for the protection of the industry in which we all make our livelihood, and to preserve our ability to enhance public safety in our communities. Our mission:

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