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16 new state laws California employers need to know about

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The California legislature and governor showed no signs of slowing down this year and enacted a long list of new employment laws. Below is a list of the most significant laws affecting private sector employers.

ABX2-7 amends California Labor Code Section 6404.5 by expanding prohibitions against smoking in the workplace. The expansion covers owner-operated businesses, even where the owner is the only worker present. It also bans smoking in hotel lobbies and meeting rooms, warehouses, bars and employee break rooms.

AB 908 amends Paid Family Leave (i.e., California’s family leave benefits program) by eliminating the seven-day waiting period, among other changes. The changes take effect in 2018.

AB 1661 requires all paid local government agency officials to receive sexual harassment prevention training and education.

AB 1676 amends the California Fair Pay Act to provide that prior salary cannot, by itself, be a “bona fide factor...(register to read more)

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