California Assembly Bill 569 (AB 569) recently cleared the Assembly on a 54-17 vote and will soon move to the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. AB 569, the Reproductive Health Nondiscrimination Act, would protect California workers from workplace discrimination based on personal reproductive health choices.
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.
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.
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.
California Assembly Bill 1732, also known as California’s “bathroom bill,” was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2016 and enacted on March 1, 2017. Here’s how the new law will impact workplace rules, and protect and benefit employees working in California.
California Assembly Bill 488 went into effect on January 1, 2017. The newly enacted law expands the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) by offering important employee protections to severely disabled 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.
In 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.
Recently, 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.
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?