Are you ready for 2016? The new year will bring a number of changes to California employment law. These are the top 5 changes you’ll need to pay attention to.

  1. Beginning on January 1, 2016, the minimum wage in California is $10.00/hour, up from $9.00/hour. Local minimum wage may be higher.
  2. Are you complying with California’s Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act? Read FAQs here.
  3. The Family School Partnership Act applies to employers with 25 or more employees working at the same location, and broadens job protections for employees to take time off from work for school or child care related activities. Here is the updated law.
  4. E-Verify changes: California employer cannot use E-Verify for current employees or applicants, except where required by federal law. Employers may still use the system to check whether someone who has already been offered employment is authorized to work in the US. There is a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for each violation.
  5. AB 987 prohibits retaliating or discriminating against an employee for requesting accommodation of his or her disability or religious beliefs, regardless of whether the accommodation request was ultimately granted. Applies to employers with 5 or more employees.

*** These and other 2016 laws are described in CalChamber’s 2016 overview. If you own or manage a business, CalChamber (California Chamber of Commerce) is a great resource for general compliance materials and information. If you feel you need further guidance specific to your industry, business, or situation, we provide advice and counseling at reasonable hourly rates. Contact us to set up a time to talk.