December 30, 2019

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With a new year upon us there's some NEW LAWS that also take effect. New workplace rules, housing restrictions and criminal justice.


AB 5 - Gig worker law

The landmark labor law reclassifies some independent contractors as employees. It aims to provide new protections for so-called gig economy workers such as minimum wage, paid sick days and health insurance benefits. Organizations representing freelance journalists have already sued over the law and Uber has said it will not adhere to the changes.

SB 3 - Minimum wage increase

The law raises the state minimum wage to $13 an hour for workplaces with 26 or more employees and to $12 for workplaces with fewer than 26 employees. The law outlines incremental minimum wage increases through 2023 when it will reach $15 an hour for all workplaces.

AB 9 - Employment discrimination

The law allows employees up to three years to file complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Previously, employees had only had one year to file a complaint.

SB 142 - Protection for nursing mothers

The law requires employers to provide clean and safe lactation rooms for breastfeeding mothers. Employers would have to “provide access to a sink and refrigerator in close proximity to the employee’s workspace,” the law says. It also requires the room be free of intrusion and that employers offer mothers breaks specifically for nursing.

SB 188 - Hairstyle discrimination

The law protects employees from racial discrimination because of hairstyles, such as afros, braids, twists and locks. California is the first state in the nation to ban such practices.

SB 1343 - Sexual harassment training

The law requires workplaces with five or more employees to provide at least two hours of sexual harassment training within six months of being hired.

AB 51 - Arbitration agreements

The law bans certain mandatory arbitration agreements with employees and applicants.

SB 83 - Extending paid leave

The law increases paid leave from six to eight weeks for people taking care of a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. It takes effect July 1, 2020.

Check out the full list HERE