Whistleblower protection bill returns to California Senate
LACTATION ROOMS: California law requires employers to make reasonable efforts to provide new mothers with a space other than a bathroom stall to pump breast milk at work. Today Democratic Sens. Scott Wiener and Connie Leyva are introducing legislation to set basic standards for lactation rooms, make it more difficult for employers to opt out of providing a space and require the state to draft model policy guidelines for pumping facilities. in San Francisco. You can watch a livestream here.
APPOINTED: Gov. Jerry Brown reappointed California State Auditor Elaine Howle, the state’s chief watchdog, to a fifth term last week. Lawmakers stalled her reappointment last year after receiving an anonymous letter critical of her management. They crafted a pair of new laws that allow whistleblowers to report allegations about the auditor’s office to a different agency and more explicitly spell out the role of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee in the candidate recruitment process. Howle, 59, made waves last year with a blistering audit of the University of California and a probe that uncovered widespread abuse of disabled person placards under the watch of the California Department of Motor Vehicles.