New Year, new employment laws! On January 1, 2016 a lot a new employment laws went into effect, here’s what you need to know:
California Fair Pay Act
The gender wage gap is a hot topic, especially with the 2016 presidential election coming up. It’s a problem no doubt, but the solutions are sparse. California has come up with a way to impact the issue, the California Fair Pay Act, an amendment to the California Equal Pay Act. On October 6th Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into legislation.
This is a big deal because there is a similar bill trying to get passed as federal law, which has been in the process for two years now. States and communities are getting tired of waiting. Finally California said enough was enough and passed the strongest bill against the gender pay gap. It not only allows employees to discuss pay, but it protects them throughout the process. We are paving the way to equal pay for everyone. This of course is not guaranteed to close the gap, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
Minimum Wage Increase
Minimum wage increased not only in California, but in many states and cities this year. Be sure to check what your city requires, California is now at a state wide minimum wage of $10/hour.
Leave Law Expansion
A few of the leave laws were updated and expanded. Child related leave has been expanded in terms of who can take the leave and for what purpose. Now employers with 25 or more employees must allow their eligible employees to take time off to deal with child care issues or school emergencies. Eligible employees now include a stepparent or foster parent or who stands in the place of a parent to a child. Military leave has also expanded the list of employees that are eligible, “to members of the National Guard of other states who are called to military service by their respective Governors or by the President of the United States, and who have left a position in private employment in California.”
As staffing professionals we know it’s of utmost importance to stay abreast on all new employment law, for a complete list of notable changes in California click here. If you need help with how the employment law changes will affect you, call us today (650)752-6193.