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New California Employment Laws for 2021

November 29, 2020

As we approach the end of this cataclysmic year, we can be thankful for something that never changes — more employment law issues to address.  The following describes the most significant California employment laws going into effect in 2021, along with an HR Compliance Checklist to help you plan ahead. Expansion of the California Family…

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New California Employment Laws for 2016

2016 California employment laws expand requirements for gender wage disparity through Fair Pay Act. Protected activity for retaliation claims includes disability and religious accommodation requests. Retaliation prohibited against family member of complaining party. School activity time off expanded. Computer professional overtime exemption minimum compensation rates are increased. Compensation for piece rate clarified.

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How to Comply with the Updated California Family Rights Act Regulations

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California Court Clarifies Employers’ Duty of Reasonable Accommodation

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New California Laws for 2015

2015 California employment laws expand discrimination protections to unpaid interns, clarify protections for undocumented persons issued driver’s licenses, and add reporting requirements for employing large numbers of Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Harassment prevention training must include anti-bullying. Computer professional overtime exemption minimum compensation rates are increased. Joint employer liability standards are codified.

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California Mandates Paid Sick Leave

Beginning on July 1, 2015, employees who work in California must accrue paid sick leave at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum accrual of 48 hours. Employees may use sick leave for their own or a family member’s illness or for enumerated time off associated with domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

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San Francisco’s “Ban the Box” ordinance prohibits criminal conviction inquiries on employment applications and establishes procedures for background checks.

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