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California Labor Law Updates 2016

Posted On January 20, 2016 at 9:10 am by / No Comments

California Labor Law Updates for 2016

The 2016 Labor Law Poster updates for the State of California are in! Many changes were made and we will discuss some of the most important ones here. Updating your labor law poster with First American Safety is key in keeping the Department of Labor out of your facility. Remember, if you have two or more employees, you are required to post labor law posters. Read below for information on the new California labor laws.

New California Labor Law AB 1513:

This new law applies to employers of piece rate employees. On January 1, 2016 employers must pay piece rate employees during rest and recovery periods, as well as any other periods of non- productive time during the work day. The employer must not pay the piece rate employee less than minimum wage.

AB 1509 Expanded Employee Discrimination Law:

The amendments forbid employers from retaliating against employees for being a family member of an employee who has, or is thought to have, engaged in activities protected under the whistle blowers protection act.

AB 970 Local Labor Law Enforcement:

As of January 1, 2016, the Labor Commissioner is to enforce local law regarding overtime and minimum wage provisions. They will be issuing citations to employers who violate these terms. This bill also gives the Labor Commission the ability to issue penalties to employers who fail to give expense reimbursements.

SB 358 Gender Pay Equality:

As of January 1 2016, employers must pay their employees the same wage for the same work regardless of whether the employee is a male or female.

AB987 Religious and Disability Accomodations:

Accommodation Requests as Protected Activity: Effective January 1 2016, this legislation was intended to clarify that a request for reasonable accommodation based on religion or disability constitutes protected activity. The employer shall not discriminated or retaliate against an employee for making such a request.

While the above does not cover all of the California labor law changes for 2016, these are some of the most important labor law changes for California employers to know. Failure to comply with state or federal labor laws can result in severe consequences for you and your business. If you have 2 or more employees in the state of California you are required by the State and Federal laws to display labor law posters where your employees will see them. Order your updated 2016 posters here.

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