If you operate a business in California with 5 or more employees, after January 1, 2018, under SB 396, you must post a notice regarding transgender rights. If your company employs 50 or more people, your already mandatory sexual harassment prevention training must include a component of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
So, what if your business manufactures religious supplies or is founded on biblical principles, which reside in traditional family values? Refuse to post that sign, and you’ll be breaking the law. Your company management must pay homage to the California Fair Employment and Housing Council’s definition of “gender identity.”
“Gender Identity,” according to the definition, is a person’s internal understanding of and identification with gender, which may include male, female, a combination of male and female, neither male nor female, a gender different from the person’s sex assigned at birth, or transgender.”
So, Chick-Fil-A, a corporation founded on Christian principles, must comply with the foregoing and respect a “neither male nor female” employee’s decision to identify with poultry.
If you don’t want to post notices that codify that insane psychobabble, don’t open a business in California. Truly, the inmates are in charge of the asylum, and it’s getting worse.
Businesses Deserting in Droves
In fact, many businesses are leaving California because of other draconian measures. Writing for Fox & Hounds, an online publication that keeps tabs on California Business and politics, Kerry Jackson points out:
* From 2007 through 2015, around 9,000 companies left California, “simply to put California behind them.” The exodus resulted in companies’ saving 20 to 35 percent a year in operating costs.
* As most companies left, they experienced a storm of criticism on social media with hostile public comments like, “Good riddance…If you can’t pay your employees a living wage, you don’t have my sympathy.”
The comments, Jackson observes, “are a sign of that the toxic hostility toward business in that state has spilled over from policymakers to the general population.”
The New Minimum Wage is Killing Enterprise
Effective January 1, 2018, California raised its minimum wage to $10.50 an hour for businesses with at least 26 employees. By 2022, that mandate will be at $15 for larger companies, making California’s minimum rate the highest in the country.
Carl’s Jr., for example, moved its corporate headquarters to Nashville and cited increasing employment costs as one factor in deciding not to open new restaurants in the state. That decision means fewer jobs for entry-level employees, who, during 2013 and 2014 alone joined the 250,000 workers at all levels in abandoning the Golden State.
Someone once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. California’s 12 new pieces of anti-business legislation taking effect in 2018 dramatically illustrate the definition of insanity.
Here are four examples:
Salary History, AB 168: Prohibits inquiries into, and reliance on, an applicant’s salary history. This Treats job applicants like weak negotiators and employers like greedy slave drivers.
Immigration, AB 450: Unless otherwise required by federal law, prohibits employers from consenting to ICE access to worksite and records. This adds another impediment to illegal immigration enforcement.
Criminal Background checks: AB 1008: Permits criminal history inquiry only after a conditional offer of employment. If the applicant is disqualified, the employer must do “an individual assessment” and give written notice to the applicant. This adds an additional administrative hurdle, legal exposure, and expense to recruiting employees.
Parental Leave, SB 63 : Expands the existing parental leave law to employers with 20+ employees. Employers must grant employees 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected “parental bonding” leave. Look for lawsuits from employees who were passed over for promotion because of missed work during their 3 months’ “parental bonding.”
Why Corporate Giant Nestle Really Left
Finally, the saga of Nestle USA is illustrative of why California is such a horrendous place for businesses that actually produce a product. Terry Jones, writing for Investors.com, answers the rhetorical question — why did Nestle really go?
Jones’ explanation is the state’s higher taxes, absurd housing costs “and more regulations than nearly any other state.” Add to that, California’s wacky laws that have turned the state “into a venue of choice for activist groups to file costly class action lawsuits—or to launch anti-corporate PR campaigns against big, wealthy targets like Nestle.”
So, corporate harassment in California is “now routine.” Its top officials and local politicians are virtually all far-left progress Democrats, and they actively despise capitalism.
~ Conservative Zone