2019 MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES

January 4th, 2019

January 1, 2019 the State of California minimum wage increases to $11.00 an hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees, and $12.00 for employers with 26 or more employees. Please remember that this increase will also increase the exempt employee salary threshold to $45,760 in 2019. There are additional local minimum wage ordinances that will […]

SB 1343 SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING

January 4th, 2019

Currently California employers with 50 or more employees must provide at least two hours of sexual harassment training to all supervisors and managers every two years or within six months of being promoted to a supervisory or management position. SB 1343 expanded Sexual Harassment training requirements to include the following: Employers with 5 or more […]

AB 2282 SALARY HISTORY CLARIFICATION

January 4th, 2019

Last year AB 168 went into effect prohibiting an employer from relying on salary history of an applicant for employment in determining what salary to offer an applicant and for employers to provide pay scales to applicants upon request. AB 2282 clarifies this bill with the following: The pay scale provided need only include salary or […]

AB 1976 LACTATION ACCOMMODATION

January 4th, 2019

Currently California employers must provide a private location other than a “toilet stall” for an employee who wishes to express breast milk and this location must be in close proximity to the employee’s work area. AB 1976 replaces the term “toilet stall” with “bathroom” to be consistent with federal law. Employers must now provide a private […]

AB 2334 OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES AND ILLNESS

January 4th, 2019

AB 2334 extends Employers’ Liability for reporting violation penalties of workplace injuries from six (6) months to five (5) years. Under AB 2334, an “occurrence” as it relates to citations for recordkeeping purposes will continue until it is corrected; the Division of Occupational Safety and Health discovers the violation; or until any recordkeeping requirement is eliminated.

AB 2587 PAID FAMILY LEAVE

January 4th, 2019

Previously there was a seven-day waiting period to receive benefits and employers were allowed to require an employee to take up to two weeks of earned unused vacation of which up to one week could be applied to the waiting period. Effective January 1, 2018 the seven-day waiting period was eliminated. AB 2587 eliminates the application of […]

NATIONAL ORIGINS PROTECTION DEFINITION IS AMENDED BY THE CALIFORNIA FAIR EMPLOYMENT HOUSING ACT (FEHA)

September 29th, 2018

Effective July 1, 2018, the amended “National Origin” regulations protect applicants and employees, as well as individuals who are undocumented. The prior regulations defined national origin as “the individual’s or ancestors’ actual or perceived place of birth or geographic origin, national origin group or ethnicity.” The new regulations expanded the definition of “national origin” to […]

CA SOCIAL MEDIA PRIVACY

September 29th, 2018

Effective July 1, 2018 AB 1844 prohibit employers from requesting or requiring the following from an employee or applicant: Disclosure of a username or password for the purpose of accessing personal social media. Accessing personal social media in the presence of the employer. Divulging any personal social media, except in limited circumstances.

CHANGES TO INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR CLASSIFICATIONS

September 29th, 2018

California Supreme Court released a new three-factor test, also known as the “ABC” test, to determine if a worker is an independent contractor or an employee. In order to classify a worker as an independent contractor the following must be true:The worker is free from the hiring entity’s control and direction in connection with the […]

IMMIGRANT WORKER PROTECTION ACT AMENDMENT

September 29th, 2018

As of July 1, 2018 The Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450) goes into affect. The act limits California employers interaction with federal immigration enforcement agents and protects employees while on the job. Employers cannot voluntarily provide work site access in nonpublic areas of the business and access to review or obtain employee records to […]