On September 30, 2012, Governor Brown vetoed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (AB 889). The governor’s veto message indicates, among other things, the bill raised too many unanswered questions about what “economic and human impact on the disabled or elderly person and their family of requiring overtime, rest and meal periods for attendants who provide 24 hours care.” Governor Brown apparently felt that we should answer some of those questions before mandating a change in the law. He seemed particularly troubled by the fact that the bill required the Department of Industrial Relations to find answers to the question and come up with regulations at the same time.
I think the veto was a good move for now. Let’s gather the facts and consider the impact of a law before we change it.
Phillip J. Griego represents employees and businesses throughout Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area including Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Los Altos, San Jose, the South Bay Area, Campbell, Los Gatos, Cupertino, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Sunnyvale, Santa Cruz, Saratoga, and Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito, Mendocino, and Calaveras counties.