Michael Kalt, an attorney at Wilson Turner Kosmo in San Diego, serves as the government affairs director for CalSHRM, the California State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management.

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Calif.: Significant Employment Bills Still Pending in Legislature

News Updates
June 10, 2015


There are a number of significant employment-related bills before the California legislature, including one that would increase the state’s minimum wage beyond the already contemplated 2016 increase and one that would expand the California Family Rights Act to apply to employers with more than five employees.   

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News Updates
March 13, 2015


 On Sept. 10, 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (Assembly Bill 1522), making California the second state, after Connecticut, to implement paid sick leave state-wide. This law takes effect July 1, 2015, and implements a number of new Labor Code provisions (sections 245 et seq.).

California employers should begin learning about its very detailed requirements and compare it against similar but different ordinances already enacted in San Francisco and being considered in San Diego.

September 19, 2014

A number of bills enacted in 2013 took effect on July 1, 2014. These include bills that:

  • Increased California’s minimum wage to $9.
  • Expanded California’s paid family leave benefit program.
  • Enacted new limits on public employers concerning criminal background checks.
  • Amended the procedures for work-sharing plans used to avoid lay-offs.

First Part of Two-Step Minimum Wage Increase (AB 10)

News Updates
July 18, 2014

Known as the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, Assembly Bill (AB) 1522 passed the Assembly along a party-line vote and is pending in the Senate. The bill would implement a number of new Labor Code provisions requiring employers to provide paid sick leave for their employees. It would apply to all employers regardless of size, and would include public employers, the state and municipalities.

News Updates
June 27, 2014
A number of bills that, if enacted, will affect private-sector employers are pending in the California legislature, including proposals to increase the minimum wage and require paid sick leave. Several of these bills are discussed below.
Additional Minimum Wage Increases Proposed (SB 935)
News Updates
April 18, 2014