KQED: California's Workplace Violence Protection Bill Clears Key Hurdle

A California bill that aims to help protect most workers from violence at their job sites has cleared a key hurdle in the Legislature, and heads now for a full vote in the Assembly.

Under SB 553, employers in all kinds of industries would be required to implement a workplace violence prevention plan developed together with their employees. Similar protections have been in place for healthcare workers since 2017.

Democratic lawmakers in the Appropriations Committee advanced the measure last week, after amendments included exemptions for very small businesses. The California Chamber of Commerce, which lobbied for the changes, withdrew its opposition today.

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