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Overview of New 2015 Laws Affecting California Employees

The CalChamber Employment Law Counsel recently published a white paper, titled “An Overview of New 2015 Laws Affecting California Employers.” The white paper identifies some of the noteworthy new employment laws from the California Legislature.  The range of subject matters the new laws affect include: (1) Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Protections; (2) Leaves of Absence; (3) Wage and Hour; (4) Background Checks; (5) Workplace Safety; (6) Workers’ Compensation; (7) Unemployment Insurance; and (8) Health Care.

One of the laws making headlines across the state is AB 1522, which is a game-changing piece of legislation.  While the law contains different nuances, the gist of it 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 are allowed to limit an employee’s use of paid sick leave to 24 hours or three days in each year of employment and may put a maximum cap on total accrual of 48 hours or six days.  The CalChamber white paper explains this law and the other new laws in more detail.

If you feel you have been and/or are being treated unfairly in the workplace, contact the attorneys at Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP at 619-342-8000.