Calif.: Significant Employment Bills Still Pending in Legislature
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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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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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.
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)
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.