Public Policy

The basic policy or set of policies forming the foundation of public laws, especially such policy not yet formally enunciated. ~ Heritage Dictionary ~

Public policy can be generally defined as a system of laws, regulatory measures, courses of action, and funding priorities concerning a given topic promulgated by a governmental entity or its representatives.

Public Policy impacts our daily lives and our businesses.

NAWBO Silicon Valley educates women business owners on economic policy and current legislative initiatives that impact business health and growth. In addition, NAWBO Silicon Valley takes an active role in meeting with our elected representatives to help them understand the issues that are important to women business owners. The Public Policy Committee at NAWBO Silicon Valley can’t do this without your support. Make sure you tell us what is important to you and join the Public Policy Committee.

Also see NAWBO California’s Advocacy Page and see NAWBO National’s Advocacy Updates.

Legislation to Keep an Eye On

PPP Extension Act Heads to President Biden’s Desk

On Thursday March 25, 2021 the U.S. Senate passed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 by a vote of 92-7. The bill was endorsed by nearly 100 organizations, including NAWBO, and will extend the deadline for PPP applications for another two months to May 31, 2021, and then provide an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending. The bill now heads to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law!


SB 1447: Small Business Credits for New Hires

  • NAWBO Supported
  • Allows a credit against the personal income and corporate income taxes for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2021, to a qualified small business employer that receives a tentative credit reservation, in an amount equal to $1,000 for each net increase in qualified employees, not to exceed one $100,000 for any qualified small business employer.
  • Status: Signed by the governor September 9, 2020 and takes effect immediately as a tax levy.
  • Learn more here.

SB 1159: Workers’ Compensation & COVID-19

  • Defines “injury” for an employee to include illness or death resulting from the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) under specified circumstances, until January 1, 2023. Creates a disputable presumptions that the injury arose out of and in the course of the employment and is compensable, for specified dates of injury. Require an employee to exhaust their paid sick leave benefits and meet specified certification requirements before receiving any temporary disability benefits or, for police officers, firefighters, and other specified employees, a leave of absence. Also makes a claim relating to a COVID-19 illness presumptively compensable, as described above, after 30 days or 45 days, rather than 90 days. Until January 1, 2023 allows for a presumption of injury for all employees whose fellow employees at their place of employment experience specified levels of positive testing, and whose employer has 5 or more employees.
  • Status: Signed by the governor September 17, 2020 and takes effect immediately.
  • Learn more here.

AB 685: Occupational Safety & COVID-19

  • Requires an employer that receives a notice of potential exposure to COVID-19 to provide specified notifications to its employees within one business day of the notice of potential exposure. Also requires the employer to notify OSHA in the event a worker tests positive for COVID-19, in addition to the Department of Public Health, and would impose a $10,000 penalty for failure to do so.
  • Status: Signed by the governor September 17, 2020.
  • Learn more here.

SB 1383: California Family Rights Act

  • Expands the California Family Rights Act to make it an unlawful employment practice for any employer with 5 or more employees to refuse to grant a request by an employee to take up to 12 workweeks of unpaid protected leave during any 12-month period to bond with a new child of the employee or to care for themselves or a child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner, as specified.
  • Status: Signed by the governor September 17, 2020.
  • Learn more here.

AB 1867: Supplemental Paid Sick Leave & Handwashing

  • Requires a food employee working in any food facility to be permitted to wash their hands every 30 minutes and additionally as needed. Also establishes COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave for covered workers, including certain persons employed by private businesses of 500 or more employees or persons employed as certain types of health care providers or emergency responders by public or private entities.
  • Status: Signed by the governor September 9, 2020.
  • Learn more here.

AB 2257: Employee v. Independent Contractor

  • Revises and clarifies California’s independent contractor law.
  • Status: Signed by the governor September 4, 2020 and takes effect immediately.
  • Learn more here.

AB 1281: CCPA Amendments

  • Would extend the California Consumer Privacy Act’s employee and business-to-business exemptions until January 1, 2022.
  • Status: Signed by the governor and would go into effect if California voters do not approve Proposition 24 on November 3, 2020.
  • Learn more here.

Proposition 24: The California Privacy Rights Act

  • Would amend California’s current privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act, in substantive ways, such as by allowing consumers to correct inaccurate personal information, opt-out of the sale or sharing of personal information and limit the use of their sensitive personal information. Also provides for purpose limitations and a right to data minimization. This initiative also establishes the California Privacy Protection Agency, which will be charged with enforcing California Privacy Rights Act and adopting regulations to further its purposes.
  • Status: Passed by California voters. Will become operative January 1, 2023 and apply to information collected on or after January 1, 2022.
  • Learn more here.