Friday, December 9, 2022

Governor Signs CalChamber-Backed Bill

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A California Chamber of Commerce-supported bill that clarifies the employees for whom an employer must track hours worked and record those hours on an itemized wage statement has been signed into law.

AB 2535 (Ridley-Thomas; D-Los Angeles) clarifies existing law that only nonexempt employees and others who are paid according to hours worked are required to have their hours tracked and logged on an itemized wage statement. The clarification will preclude frivolous and costly litigation with regard to hours worked by exempt employees.

The long-standing industry practice and interpretation of California law has been that an employer needs to track the hours of only nonexempt employees, not employees who are exempt under the Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders or Labor Code.

AB 2535 confirms this understanding to eliminate any ambiguity on the issue.

Staff Contact: Jennifer Barrera

Jennifer Barrera
Jennifer Barrera
Jennifer Barrera took over as president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce on October 1, 2021. She has been part of the CalChamber team since 2010 and stepped into the top position after serving as CalChamber executive vice president, overseeing the development and implementation of policy and strategy for the organization, as well as representing the CalChamber on legal reform issues. Barrera is well-known for her success rate with the CalChamber’s annual list of job killer legislation, efforts to reform the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and leadership working with employers on critical issues, including most recently those arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, she advises the business compliance activities of the CalChamber on interpreting changes in employment law. Barrera earned a B.A. in English from California State University, Bakersfield, and a J.D. with high honors from California Western School of Law. See full bio

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