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The 2015 Legislative year in California ended on September 30. The outcome from all that activity has been new laws that will impact most employers within the state.

This is not an exhaustive list. There were just too many new laws to include here. We selected those we thought you would be most interested in seeing.

Key 2015 California Employment Legislation

CATEGORY BILL NUMBER SUMMARY
Discrimination AB 583 Effective 1/1/2016 Military Service - Extends employment protections for members of the National Guard in states outside California who are working at a California location when they are called to active duty service by their Governor or the President of the United States. This law provides guaranteed return to work privileges to all such individuals.

Find the entire legislative bill HERE.

Discrimination SB 703 Effective 1/1/2016 State Contracting - Prohibits state contracts of $100,000 or more for goods and/or services with employers that provide different treatment in provision of benefits for spouses, domestic partners or same-sex and different-sex couples.

Find the entire legislative bill HERE.

Employer Liability AB 1509 Effective 1/1/2016 Employer Liability - Amends Labor Code to extend protections to employees for family members engaging in (or perceived to have engaged in) protected activities.

Find the entire legislative bill HERE.

Employment Verification AB 622 Effective 1/1/2016 E-Verify - Prohibits employer use of E-Verify system except when required by federal law or as a condition of receiving federal funds. Provides a $10,000 civil penalty for an employer for each violation.

Find the entire legislative bill HERE.

Equal Pay SB 358 Effective 1/1/2016 Comparable Worth - Requires employers to pay the same wage rates to both genders for substantially similar work. Specific exceptions apply. There is no explanation about how to determine what jobs are substantially similar except that they be compared based on skill, effort and responsibility and be performed under similar working conditions.

Find the entire legislative bill HERE.

Leaves of Absence SB 304 Effective 7/13/2015 Sick Leave - Sick leave accrual and limitations and 3 year record retention requirement. Leave pay amount computations for employers covered by Wage Orders 11 or 12 will be effective on 1/21/2016.

Find the entire legislative bill HERE.

Leaves of Absence SB 579 Effective 1/1/2016 Sick Leave - Expands conditions for paid sick leave.

Find the entire legislative bill HERE.

Minimum Wage AB 970 Effective 1/1/2016 Paying Less Than Minimum Wage - Provides from $100 to $250 fine for each underpaid employee for each pay period when employee is underpaid regardless of whether the violation is intentionally committed.

Find the entire legislative bill HERE.

Minimum Wage SB 588 Effective 1/1/2016 Non Payment of Wages - Provides for enforcement of wage payment violations by banning employer from doing business in California.

Find the entire legislative bill HERE.

Private Attorneys General Act AB 1506 Effective 10/2/2015 Employer Opportunity to Avoid Liability - Provides employers a right to cure a violation of requirement that employer provide employees with information related to pay period before the employee can bring civil action.

Find the entire legislative bill HERE.

State Disability Insurance SB 667 Effective 7/1/2016 Benefit Waiting Period - Waives waiting period for recurring disability within 60 days of initial disability period.

Find the entire legislative bill HERE.

Unemployment Insurance AB 1245 Effective 1/1/2017 Electronic Reporting - Requires some employers to use electronic reporting and electronic funds transfer for UI contributions.

Find the entire legislative bill HERE.

Wage Garnishment SB 501 Effective 7/1/2016 Subject Earnings Limits - Reduces amount of weekly disposable earnings subject to garnishment.

Find the entire legislative bill HERE.

Wage Orders SB 327 Effective 10/5/2015 Meal Periods in 12-Hour Shifts - Makes permanent provisions for employees in health care industry subject to Wage Orders 4 and 5 to voluntarily waive one of two meal periods on shifts exceeding 12 hours.

Find the entire legislative bill HERE.

Workers' Compensation SB 623 Effective 1/1/2016 Immigration Status - Citizenship and immigration status shall not prohibit individual from receiving benefits.

Find the entire legislative bill HERE.

Workers' Compensation AB 1513 Effective 4/30/2016 Piece-Rate Compensation - Requires employees be paid at least current minimum wage for rest periods when normally compensated based on piece-rate calculations.

Find the entire legislative bill HERE.

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