A California legislative bill, Assembly Bill 908, or AB 908, which was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on April 11, 2016, will increase paid leave for California workers who qualify for paid family leave.
As an employee in the state of California, you likely know that California is considered an "at-will" employment state. But what does that term mean, exactly? You may be wondering if your boss can simply fire you without a good reason. Technically, this can be true. But you could also be the victim of wrongful termination or workplace discrimination due to certain exceptions to the at-will rule.
In many employment situations, California employees are required to spend a lot of time on their feet. Workers such as cashiers, bank tellers, customer service representatives in retail stores, and employees in other workplace situations where workers are primarily required to work while standing up have additional protections under a recent state court decision.
As of January 1, 2016, California law was amended to include new employee protections under the Fair Pay Act. Under the new law, employees have the right to be paid equally, regardless of gender, for substantially similar work at the same employer. The purpose of the law is to help eliminate the gender pay gap, in which women often are paid significantly less than men for similar work.
A proposed law that Los Angeles City Council has tentatively approved would provide Los Angeles workers with at least six paid sick days each year - twice the required state minimum.
On April 1, 2016, several amendments to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) went into effect. The new amendments expand California workplace discrimination protections, enhance state enforcement mechanisms, and more. These new regulations also require that California employers have a specific policy to both prevent and correct workplace discrimination and harassment.