HCAOA continues to fight against California’s AB 2455 law that requires all home care aides’ personal information, including their home addresses and phone numbers, to be turned over to SEIU to assist with union organizing. HCAOA initially filed the lawsuit in 2019 but the lower court upheld the law, so HCAOA filed an appeal from that decision.
HCAOA’s Board of Directors believes this state law could have ramifications in other states where unions are focusing on the home care workforce to unionize.
“This effort reflects our membership’s belief that we should do whatever is necessary to protect the personal information of our caregivers,” said HCAOA Executive Director Vicki Hoak.
In HCAOA’S reply brief, which will be filed tomorrow, attorneys argue that AB 2455 conflicts with federal labor law explaining that no prior case has upheld a state’s use of its licensing regulatory power for the express purpose of assisting union organizing. Furthermore, AB2455 explicitly uses the government’s regulatory power over home care providers to compel disclosure of employee contact information to unions in order to help them organize.
Following the filing of this brief, the Court has indicated that the case will be heard for argument sometime in or after late January.