California has enacted many legislative changes and these laws historically set the trends throughout the nation. The 2014 California legislative session brought about a significant number of new labor laws, as well as changes to existing laws. These laws not only impact employers throughout California, but will no doubt influence other states, as well.
Keeping Up With California Labor Laws in 2015
Most of these changes and laws went into effect on January 1, 2015. Some took effect in July. As a result, it’s important for California employers to review their current policies and practices to determine if they are indeed in compliance and to provide for any required new workplace postings and forms.
All of these new requirements and stipulations must be complied with and learning and complying these changes and additions can be a full-time job in itself. Because ignorance of the laws and their requirements does not provide legal protection for employers, being informed is crucial when it comes to California labor law. Though most employers do not deliberately or maliciously violate labor laws, not having the proper information and failing to stay up to date can lead to serious issues.
Highlights of the Most Significant Labor Law Changes
This infographic will serve as a quick reference to most of the more pertinent labor laws for 2015:
What Compliance With the New California Labor Laws Means for Employers
Many of these new regulations expand the scope of risk for employers and require new workplace postings or changes to existing workplace policies. We recommend that all California employers consult with experienced employment counsel to ensure compliance during 2015.
Seeking professional guidance and assistance is always a wise and strategic business move. Simply ignoring these issues, or only relying on state agencies to provide the proper forms, postings and information can be a mistake. Compliance requires due diligence and a focused effort on the part of business owners or their HR staff.
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