California's current political context, with Democratic super-majorities in both Houses and a leftist, progressive (Democratic, of course) governor, means that it's possible for California to advance outrageously crazy bills and get them signed by the governor. For some reason, I keep getting surprised when they do so.
Here's another one in the works – it hasn't passed yet, but the oracles are predicting that it will.
The problem his new bill is addressing is one of those features of ObamaCare with supposedly unforeseen consequences – that were actually completely foreseen by many critics: the “employer mandate” that requires any employer of more than 50 full-time workers. Many employers in the service sector (restaurants, movie theaters, hotels, etc.) will simply move as many employees as possible from full time to part time. If you're running a business, this is an obvious tactic to avoid the (large) additional expenses of ObamaCare. Of course they're going to move those workers to part time – and they should, in order to keep their prices low and competitive. Any business that didn't would instantly become less efficient and less competitive than it should be.
So imagine you're a California legislator. What do you do in the face of this? Well, of course what you do is outlaw moving workers to part time! Make it illegal for a business to run efficiently, or to compete effectively – yeah, that's the ticket!
The drums of doom beat ever closer. Especially in California...