Businesses in California Brace for Changes As New Laws Set To Take Effect In 2018

A slew of new legislation that addresses new hiring restrictions, unpaid parental leave and other issues that confront the labor industry are set to have an impact on the way Californians do business in this coming year. The list of the laws has been released by the California Chamber of Commerce. The rules are set to take effect from the year 2018 and beyond. Some of these laws make small changes to portions of legislation that are still effective while others are far-reaching and may affect employers and the way they do business significantly.

The Parent Leave Act is also known as the Senate Bill 63 gives requirements for small enterprises with 20 or so employees to provide their employees a protected and unpaid leave for 12 weeks to bond with their new kid. According to the bill, the leave must be granted within one year after a child is born, adopted or placed under an employee’s foster care. The purpose of the parental leave is only for bonding with the baby.

Companies are not required by law to give leave to employees of any other reason including medical issues for family members. Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson authored the legislation from D-Santa Barbara and it’s expected to have the most notable impact on employers who are between the ages of 20 and 49. Employers in this age bracket are not required to grant the baby bonding leave under the state California Family Rights Act or the Family and Medical Leave Act.

One of the employers, David Houston, has no issue with the SB 63 concept. However, Houston believes that the legislation will be tinkered with as time goes by. Houston owns sox Barney’s Beanery bar/restaurant located throughout the south side of the state of California.

The AB 168 bill prohibits employers from inquiring about the remuneration history of their prospective and existing workers. Salary history will no longer be a tool used by employers to determine whether or not to hire a worker in their firm and how much to reward them. Moreover, upon reasonable request, the law requires that the employer gives the worker a pay scale for the position that he/she is looking to be hired. The bill also has the benefits that it will reduce the vast salary gaps in wages between men and women. This was after the realization that men are paid way more than women in an equal day’s work.


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