Update from Sacramento: 4 new California laws will affect HR

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by Jill V. Cartwright and Robert A. Jones, Esqs.

Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed bills enacting several new em­­ployment statutes. Each becomes effective Jan. 1, 2012. Here’s how the new laws affect private employers.

1. Wage Theft Prevention Act

The first of the bills is of particular significance to all organizations with employees who work in California.

AB 469 can be expected to generate a great deal of interest because it includes mandatory employee-notification requirements. The law amends various Labor Code sections, and includes provisions classifying certain “willful” actions by employers as misdemeanors.

The one provision that will affect all employers is new Labor Code section 2810.5. It requires all private employers to provide specific written information to all new nonexempt employees who are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Employers must provide the following information to employees upon h...(register to read more)

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