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Lawmakers Send Grocery Worker Protection Bill To Governor

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(AP) - California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that protects grocery workers from being fired for 90 days when a store changes ownership.

The Senate on Monday approved AB359 by San Diego Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez on a 22-14 vote. The Assembly passed the proposal in May.

The bill mandates a worker-retention period when grocery stores with at least 15,000 square feet change owners. After the transition period, the new employer must provide a written performance evaluation and consider employing the worker.

Sen. Connie Leyva, a Chino Democrat who presented the bill, said the move would help workers maintain job security.

Republican Sen. Jeff Stone of Temecula says the legislation is government micromanaging a private business transaction. He said the workers are at-will employees and the state shouldn't intervene.