October 13, 2014

California Enacts Dozens of New Employment Laws

The California legislature this year passed a host of new labor and employment laws that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Littler takes a look at all of these provisions in a post here, but says the following changes are the most significant:

  • Right To Paid Sick Leave. One new law extends paid sick leave to more than an estimated six million California workers who currently do not have that benefit. Leave will start to accrue on July 1, 2015 at a rate of one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. The bill also adds recordkeeping and notice requirements for employers.
  • National Origin Discrimination. This bill addresses “national origin discrimination that could result from the improper use of California driver's licenses” by expanding the definition of national origin discrimination.
  • Arbitration. According to Littler, this new law will “prohibit the waiver of protections afforded under California civil rights laws in arbitration agreements or pre-litigation settlement agreements as a condition of entering into a contract for the provision of goods or services, including the right to file and pursue a civil action or complaint with, or otherwise notify, the Attorney General or any other public prosecutor, or law enforcement agency, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, or any court or other governmental entity.”