What Changes to Expect to the California Labor Code in 2018
We are only into the first quarter of 2017, and already CA’s lawmakers have proposed new legislation for business owners. As of right now, the laws are still in the making, and will no doubt undergo significant changes before 2018. Four notable laws to Look Forward to in 2018 are listed below.
SB 62 - The Expansion of CFRA Eligibility and RightsSB 62 aims to expand employee leave rights, which are outlined under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). Under the new law, the definition of "child" would be expanded to include adult children and children of a domestic partner. Additionally, the bill would be expanded to include people for whom leave can be taken, such as grandparents, parents, siblings, domestic partners, or in-laws. Most notable about this new bill is that it creates a specific distinction between CFRA and the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This means that the leaves for each are not allowed to run concurrently, allowing employees up to 24 weeks of leave instead of the standard 12.
SB 63 - The Expansion of Parental Leave for Employers With 20-49 EmployeesGoing hand in hand with the proposed expansion of CFRA, California lawmakers seek to extend paternal leave for new parents under SB 63. These changes will also apply to the new parents of an adopted child or of foster children.
AB 353 and AB 1477 - Voluntary Veterans' Preference Employment Policy ActUnder this act, employers would be allowed to hire or retain a veteran over other qualified applicants or employees. If an employee choose to hire or retain an individual based solely on his or her veteran status, they would not be in violation of any discrimination laws.
AB 5 - Mandates Offering Additional Hours to Existing Employees Before Hiring New EmployeesAnother significant change, AB 5, titled the "Opportunity to Work Act," would require employers with more than 10 employees to offer additional hours to existing non-exempt staff before hiring additional employees or subcontractors. If an employer fails to do so before bringing on new hires, an employee or employees of the company could file a complaint with the Labor Commissioner or even file their own civil action lawsuit, for which their attorney's fees would be covered.