Listen: Jennifer Shaw, President of the Shaw Law Group.
California Democrats are holding a bill that would have mandated COVID-19 vaccines for employees, citing opposition from public safety unions.
Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, on Tuesday announced she is postponing Assembly Bill 1993, which would require workers to provide proof of COVID vaccination by Jan. 1, 2023. Workplaces that do not follow the mandate would face penalties from the state.
AB 1993 was scheduled for a hearing before the Labor and Employment Committee on Wednesday afternoon.
Lower COVID case rates give Wicks a chance to work with employers and labor unions to “address concerns raised by the bill,” she said in a statement.
“That is why we have decided to put AB 1993 on pause, and allow space for these conversations to continue and progress,” Wicks said.