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California AB 353: California Lawmakers Pass Bill to Expand Job Opportunities for Veterans

California AB 353 Lawmakers Vote to Expand Job Opportunities for Veterans

California Assembly Bill 353 was recently passed by a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 74-0, moving the bill to the state Senate. California AB 353, the Voluntary Veterans’ Preference Employment Policy Act, would allow California employers preference in hiring for veterans. The legislation was introduced by Assemblyman Randy Voepel, R-Santee.

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California SB 63: Lawmakers Want to Offer More Employees Baby-Bonding Leave

California SB 63 to Offer More Employees Baby-Bonding Leave

The California Senate Appropriations Committee recently decided the fate of hundreds of employment and labor bills, including Senate Bill 63 (California SB 63), the New Parent Leave Act. California lawmakers voted to expand the state’s parental leave laws to cover small business employees. If the bill moves past the Senate floor and then signed into law, SB 63 would offer employees working for small businesses unpaid, baby-bonding leave.

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California AB 5: Opportunity to Work Act Passes Through Assembly

Opportunity to Work Act California AB 5 Passes Through Assembly
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California Assembly Bill 5, the Opportunity to Work Act, was recently approved by the California Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment. If passed, AB 5 would require California employers to offer additional work hours to current, part-time employees before hiring new ones.

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California Employment Law Bills Update for Spring 2017

California Employment Law Bills Update for Spring 2017
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A variety of new California employment law bills have been sprouting up this spring despite the February deadline to introduce bills in the California Legislature. Because California employment legislation is constantly changing, it’s important for employees to know what may soon impact them in the workplace. Here are five workplace-related bills that we think employees need to keep their eyes on.

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California SB 1001 Expands Anti-Discrimination Employment Protections for Immigrants

California SB 1001 Expands Anti-Discrimination Employment Protections for Immigrant Workers

California Senate Bill 1001 went into effect on January 1, 2017. The newly enacted legislation expands several California labor and employment law bills and gives more immigration-related protections to job applicants and incumbent employees relating to “document abuse.”

SB 1001 comes to Californians at an interesting time of change at the federal level in terms of unfair immigration-related employment practices.

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New California Employment Laws for 2017 That Will Benefit Employees

New 2017 California Employment LawsIn 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law many important employment law-related bills that will affect California employees and employers beginning in 2017. The following summary highlights some of the new California employment laws that are set to help expand employee protections beginning January 1, 2017.

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California SB 1241: California-Based Employees Can Keep Employment Disputes in California

California Senate Bill 1241 Protects Workers During Employment DisputesRecently, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1241. The new law, which will take effect on January 1, 2017, adds Section 925 to the Labor Code and intends to ensure that employees who primarily live and work in California have the benefit of a local forum and employee protections of California law during employment disputes. The new law voids forum selection and choice of law clauses in employment agreements.

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California Assembly Bill 1843 Prohibits Employers from Using Juvenile Criminal History in Hiring Decisions

California Assembly Bill 1843 Recently, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1843 into law. The bill, which goes into effect on January 1, 2017, amends the California Labor Code to make it illegal for employers to use certain juvenile records in hiring decisions. But what does the new law entail, and how will it impact California employees?

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California Assembly Bill 1676 Will Help Combat the Gender Pay Gap Problem

California Assembly Bill 1676
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According to some, California is now playing second fiddle to Massachusetts when it comes to equal pay based on gender. But Governor Jerry Brown recently signed California Assembly Bill 1676 into law. The new employment law bill that breezed through the Legislature (with practically no opposition) prohibits employers from solely using an applicant’s salary history to justify wage disparity.

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