Employee Relations update 8/1/2014
Bill to Limit Public Agencies’ Ability to Contract Out Returns from the Dead
Senate Bill 556, currently authored by Senator Ellen Corbett and sitting on the Assembly Inactive File, will be made active again and authored by Senator Alex Padilla.
Counties will recall that CSAC strongly opposed SB 556 last year, which would prohibit entities contracting with public agencies for labor or services from displaying any seal, emblem, brand name or insignia on a uniform or vehicle that could reasonably be interpreted to imply that the labor or services are being provided by a public employee unless the vehicle or uniform “conspicuously displays” a disclosure statement of, “NOT A GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE.” SB 556 defines “conspicuously displays” as displaying in a font size that is at least the same size as the largest font size on the uniform or vehicle.
Language that will be amended into SB 556 in the coming days will prohibit public agencies from requring any person or employee of a nongovernmental agency who works for that agency to wear a badge containing the public agency’s logo. Additionally, the new language will change the definition of “conspicuously display” to displaying a disclosure on the exterior of a vehicle or uniform in the same location as as the logo of the public agency, placed prominently as compared with other words, statements or designs displayed in connection with the public agency’s logo. If on a uniform, that location can include a location on the opposing shoulder, pocket or similar opposing location relative to the location of the logo of the public agency.
CSAC maintains its opposition to SB 556. Please contact Faith Conley with any questions or feedback.