2013-14 Legislative Activity

California was the FIRST state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill (2003)

California was 2nd to pass a state law related to workplace abusive conduct (2014)

  • On Sept. 9, 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2053 into law. Note: this bill was NOT the Healthy Workplace Bill that would have encouraged employers to act to stop bullying or face liability. This is a simple bill believing that training is all that is needed. California must still pass the full HWB if it hopes to stop workplace bullying -- abusive conduct.
  • AB 2053 passed the Assembly on May 15, 2014 and passed the Senate on August 13, 2014. It was enrolled and sent to the Governor on August 15.
  • Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez introduced AB 2053, which simply adds "abusive conduct" to the required biannual 2-hour training in sexual harassment for supervisors of all employers in California with more than 50 employees.
  • AB 2053 is next heard by Senate Appropriations committee on August 4, 2014.
  • On May 15, 2014 AB 2053 passed the Assembly, 58 to 18.
  • Read the text of the bill here.
  • AB 2053 is not the full Healthy Workplace bill.

AB 2053 Sponsor

Name District Phone E-mail Website
Rep. Lorena Gonzalez (Prime Sponsor)   D-3rd Hampshire 916-319-2080 Email Here

Carrie Clark, CA State Co-Coordinator, speaks on March 2, 2013 San Francisco event

The form at the bottom of this page connects you directly with Michelle, CA State Co-Coordinator (pictured here). Get involved.

For times and locations of regular in-person meetings please visit the website of the California Healthy Workplace Advocates Website (CHWA), among the most active of all state organizations formed to enact the Healthy Workplace Bill.

For Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week 2012, several California cities signed Proclamations declaring Freedom Week Visit the Proclamations Gallery.

Visit the CHWA Blogspot Page to learn more about the proclamations issued in California.

Visit the WBI Freedom Week page online, and on Facebook for more information.

Past Endorsements

In 2003 the California State Employees Association co-sponsored the Healthy Workplace Bill.

Bill History


California made the nation's first attempt at anti-bullying legislation in 2003 (AB 1582). No hearing date was scheduled and the bill died in committee.

Volunteer as a Citizen Lobbyist

Interested in working for enactment of the Healthy Workplace Bill in California?

Fill out the following form and we'll put you in contact with the state Coordinator.

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