June 18, 2024

Press Release

Agreement Reached to Reform Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) to Create a Better, Fairer System for Workers and Employers

Today, the FIX PAGA coalition, representing non-profits, social justice advocates, family farmers, health care providers and businesses, announced their support for legislation (bill number if we have it) to reform California’s broken Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The agreement was announced by Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Mike McGuire and Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas after months of discussions between labor advocates and the coalition.

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June 3, 2024

Press Release

72 Percent of California Voters Support Reforming California’s Lawsuit-First PAGA System

A new survey released today by the Fix PAGA coalition reveals that 72 percent of California voters support the state legislature reforming the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) to provide state regulators with increased authority to enforce employee labor complaints, while still allowing workers to bring claims through litigation if regulators cannot resolve satisfactorily.

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April 17, 2024

The Sacramento Bee

Opinion: Manipulative lawsuits hurt California workers and small businesses. Here’s a solution

California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) was originally passed to help workers file claims for labor law violations. Unfortunately, the law is being grossly manipulated, with attorneys filing shakedown-style lawsuits to benefit themselves at the expense of workers, non-profits and small businesses. Enacted in 2004, the act allows private individuals to file lawsuits against employers […]

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March 25, 2024

Press Release

More Than 120 Non-Profits, Disability Advocates, Health Providers and Small Businesses Join Fix PAGA Coalition to Reform California’s Broken Private Attorneys General ...

A broad and growing coalition of more than 120 organizations and businesses including non-profits, community and disability advocates, large and small businesses and others across California have joined the Fix PAGA coalition to reform California’s lawsuit-first Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), which is enriching lawyers at the expense of California workers, nonprofits, small businesses and employers.

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March 23, 2024

Times of San Diego

Opinion: California Business Community Plagued by Trial Lawyers’ Exploitation of Regulatory Laws

Last year, California was ranked as the third worst “Judicial Hellhole” in the United States, according to the American Tort Reform Association’s 2023-2024 Report.  California’s business community is plagued by many regulatory issues, from rampant Proposition 65 litigation to the exploitation of the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  These legal frameworks, originally […]

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February 26, 2024

Los Angeles Business Journal

Opinion: Legislature Should End PAGA Lawsuits

It is safe to say that no one likes getting threatened with lawsuits, especially small-business owners. Over and over, trial lawyers have been aggressively utilizing the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) to sue businesses for any alleged, minor labor infraction. The law was created more than 20 years ago and has been a complete and […]

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February 15, 2024


Business, labor fight over California law few know about

Business and labor are gearing up to go head-to-head on Californians’ ballots again — this time over a consequential 20-year-old state labor law you’ve probably never heard of.  The two sides released dueling reports this week extolling the virtues, or sins, of the state’s Private Attorneys General Act, which major employers’ groups such as the […]

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February 14, 2024

Press Release

New Report by Former Leaders of California Labor and Worker Protection Agencies Finds State’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) is Too Slow ...

Today the Fix PAGA coalition released a groundbreaking new report by former leaders of the state’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) and the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), which found that employee labor claims filed under California’s lawsuit-first Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) take twice as long […]

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January 24, 2024


Let’s Make a Deal: PAGA

THE PROPOSAL: A business-backed ballot initiative would dismantle the Private Attorneys General Act by removing its powerful private right of action, which allows workers to sue both for back wages and civil penalties on behalf of themselves, other employees and the state of California — with their lawyers typically getting a healthy chunk. It would […]

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