CalChamber Releases List of New Employment Laws

The California Chamber of Commerce has released the list of new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2018 and beyond that will affect California employers’ daily operations and policies. Some new laws made significant changes while others made small changes to existing law.

CalChamber’s new white paper, which summarizes the new laws’ effects on California employers, is available for download.

The white paper explains new laws relating to:

• Leaves of absence;

• Hiring practices and enforcement;

• Discrimination, harassment and retaliation protections;

• Wage-and-hour; and

• Workplace safety and workers’ compensation.

Some of the noteworthy new legislation includes:

• The New Parent Leave Act, which requires small businesses with as few as 20 employees to provide up to 12 workweeks of unpaid, job-protected parental leave for baby bonding;

• Ban-the-box legislation that restricts employers with five or more employees from asking about criminal history on job applications;

• A new law that bans all employers from asking job applicants about their prior salary history;

• The Immigrant Worker Protection Act, which shields workers from immigration enforcement while on the job; and

• A new law that expands mandatory sexual harassment prevention training.

An Overview of New 2018 Laws Affecting California Employers is now available for nonmembers to download. CalChamber members can download the white paper by logging onto HRCalifornia. Also available to CalChamber members on HRCalifornia is a full discussion of the new laws.