New Laws Affecting California Businesses in 2015

by Norris Law Group on January 1, 2015

California LegislatureThe California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) recently published a list of new laws that will affect businesses in California or entities that do business in California in 2015. These laws include (but are not limited to):

Leaves of Absence

  • Mandatory Sick Leave: The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522) “requires employers to provide paid sick leave to any employee who worked in California for 30 days at an accrual rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked.” Employers may also limit paid sick leave to 24 hours (three days) in each year of employment, with a maximum cap of 48 hours (six days.)

Immigration Issues

  • Drivers’ Licenses for Undocumented Persons: The passage ofAB 1660 in 2014 “makes it a violation of FEHA for an employer to discriminate against an individual because he/she holds or presents a driver’s license issued to undocumented persons who can submit satisfactory proof of identity and California residency. “
  • Immigration-Related Protections: AB 2751 expands the definition of an “unfair immigration-related practice to include” an employer filing or threatening to file a false report or complaint with any state or federal agency. In the past, this definition only related to filing police reports. AB 2751 also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who lawfully change their name, Social Security number, or federal employment work authorization documentation.

More Liability for Employers that Hire Contractors

  • AB 1897 imposes liabilities for employers who hire contractors. CalChamber says that “the purpose of the law is to hold companies accountable for wage-and-hour violations when they use staffing agencies or other labor contractors to supply workers.” If a business fails to pay its workers in accordance with the contract or does not provide contractors with workers’ compensation coverage, the “client employer” can now be held legally liable and responsible.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County, UT and throughout Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and California. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

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