Recently, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1241. The new law, which will take effect on January 1, 2017, adds Section 925 to the Labor Code and intends to ensure that employees who primarily live and work in California have the benefit of a local forum and employee protections of California law during employment disputes. The new law voids forum selection and choice of law clauses in employment agreements.
Recently, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1843 into law. The bill, which goes into effect on January 1, 2017, amends the California Labor Code to make it illegal for employers to use certain juvenile records in hiring decisions. But what does the new law entail, and how will it impact California employees?
According to some, California is now playing second fiddle to Massachusetts when it comes to equal pay based on gender. But Governor Jerry Brown recently signed California Assembly Bill 1676 into law. The new employment law bill that breezed through the Legislature (with practically no opposition) prohibits employers from solely using an applicant's salary history to justify wage disparity.
Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign a measure that would make farm workers eligible for overtime pay after only eight hours per day, instead of the current ten hours. Lobbyists for agricultural workers successfully killed an earlier, similar proposal, but Assembly Bill 1066 passed both the Assembly and the House by relatively wide margins. The measure basically phases out the current ten-hour exemption, so by 2022, all agricultural workers, even those who work at facilities with 25 employees or fewer, will be entitled to overtime after eight hours worked in a day; larger farms must comply by 2019.
California voters will soon vote on Proposition 56, a ballot initiative that would raise the cigarette tax throughout the state from 87 cents per pack to $2.87 per pack, according to SFGate.com. Money from the increased tax on tobacco would go to help fund MediCal, along with education efforts and cessation programs to help prevent smoking in California. While voters debate this highly visible measure, many have failed to notice the more subtle, but still important changes to workplace smoking laws that passed this May.