By Ashley Hoffman

For the first time ever, an unelected council will both set sweeping standards for a specific industry’s wages, hours, and working conditions that prevail over existing laws and have the power to repeal or amend laws and regulations created by the Legislature or a regulatory agency. Earlier versions of the bill would have also established statutory, mandatory joint liability within the franchise industry.

AB 257 (Holden; D-Pasadena) underwent a significant number of amendments on August 25, 2022—ninety-three of them to be exact. While proponents claim the amendments address concerns raised by legislators and opposition, a closer look at the amendments shows the bill is still highly problematic.

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