California is one of the most worker-friendly states in the nation. So it isn’t surprising that employers gripe about the state’s employee-protection laws.
But business boosters say the real problem with the laws isn’t their intent. It’s that there are so many regulations and some are so rigid and confounding that they’re hard to make sense of, even for companies that want to follow the rules.
“It’s an administrative burden, it is a lack of flexibility in the workplace and it is also such stringent requirements that there’s always a degree of liability or a threat of litigation,” said Jennifer Barrera, a policy advocate with the California Chamber of Commerce.
There is, of course, a flip side.