California Legal Updates

Compliance Law Updates Recently Announced:

Last Updated: 5/13/2024

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California Legal Updates:

May 2024

  • California Extends Recall Rights for COVID-19 Layoffs
  • California Establishes New Leave for Reproductive Loss–Includes New Policy
  • California to Require Venture Capital Firms to Report Demographic Information

April 2024

  • County of Los Angeles Enacts a Sweeping Fair Chance Ordinance for the Unincorporated Areas of the County that Far Exceeds Federal and California Law–Includes Posting Requirement

March 2024

  • Time for Employers to Complete California Privacy Rights Act Compliance as Court of Appeal Lifts Injunction on Enforcement
  • California Civil Rights Department Issues Clarifications on California Pay Data Reports
  • Continuing Privacy Headache for Ordering Criminal Background Checks in California
  • Court Enjoins Enforcement of California Privacy Rights Act Regulations (effective 03/29/24)

January 2024

  • California Amends Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act (effective 01/01/24)
  • California Amends Law Regulating Licensure to Carry Concealed Firearms (effective 01/01/24)
  • California Clarifies Restrictions on Noncompetes (effective 01/01/24)
  • California Establishes New Leave for Reproductive Loss–Includes New Policy (effective 01/01/24)
  • California Extends Recall Rights for COVID-19 Layoffs (effective 01/01/24)
  • California Prohibits Discrimination Based on Personal Use of Cannabis (effective 01/01/24)
  • California Removes Hotel Exception from Law on Smoking (effective 01/01/24)
  • Governor Signs Amendments to Expand, and Better Align, Paid Sick Leave Requirements Throughout California–Updated Policy Now Available (effective 01/01/24)
  • Updated California Paid Sick and Safe Leave FAQs Address January 1, 2024 Changes (effective 01/01/24)
  • Berkeley, California Adopts Fair Work Week Measures–Now Includes Sample Policy (effective 01/12/24)
  • Updated California Paid Sick and Safe Leave FAQs Address January 1, 2024 Changes
  • Governor Signs Amendments to Expand, and Better Align, Paid Sick Leave Requirements Throughout California–Updated Policy Now Available

November 2023

  • California Enacts Nation’s First General Industry Workplace Violence Prevention Safety Requirements for Employers
  • California Amends Law Regulating Licensure to Carry Concealed Firearms
  • California Amends Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act
  • California Establishes New Leave for Reproductive Loss–Includes New Policy
  • Governor Signs Amendments to Expand, and Better Align, Paid Sick Leave Requirements Throughout California–Policy Update Forthcoming
  • California Extends Recall Rights for COVID-19 Layoffs
  • California to Require Venture Capital Firms to Report Demographic Information

October 2023

  • California Amends Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act
  • Governor Signs Amendments to Expand, and Better Align, Paid Sick Leave Requirements Throughout California--Policy Update Forthcoming
  • California Enacts Nation’s First General Industry Workplace Violence Prevention Safety Requirements for Employers
  • California Amends Law Regulating Licensure to Carry Concealed Firearms
  • California Removes Hotel Exception from Law on Smoking

September 2023

  • California Amends Regulations Governing Criminal History Inquiries
  • California Supreme Court’s Expansion of “Employer” under FEHA Could Have Implications for AI Regulation
  • Los Angeles Adopts Rules Implementing Freelance Worker Protections Ordinance
  • California Amends Tax-Related Notice Requirements

August 2023

  • Los Angeles Expands Health and Safety Anti-Retaliation Provisions
  • Court Enjoins Enforcement of California Privacy Rights Act Regulations

July 2023

  • Los Angeles Enacts Freelance Worker Protections Ordinance (effective 07/01/23)
  • California Issues CPRA Regulations--Updated to Include Littler Publication on Compliance Efforts Before June 30, 2023 Deadline

May 2023

  • Los Angeles, California Passes Fair Workweek Ordinance Applicable to Retailers–Now Includes Sample Policy
  • California Issues CPRA Regulations
  • New San Francisco Law Requires Supplemental Compensation During Military Leave–Now Includes Sample Policy
  • Los Angeles Enacts Freelance Worker Protections Ordinance
  • California Regulations Updated to Reflect New Agency Name and Recent Amendments to California Laws

April 2023

  • Los Angeles, California Passes Fair Workweek Ordinance Applicable to Retailers--Now Includes Sample Policy (effective 04/01/23)
  • New San Francisco Law Requires Supplemental Compensation During Military Leave--Now Includes Sample Policy
  • Los Angeles Enacts Freelance Worker Protections Ordinance
  • California Regulations Updated to Reflect New Agency Name and Recent Amendments to California Laws
  • Cal/OSHA’s Non-Emergency COVID-19 Regulation Is Approved and in Effect for Next Two Years
  • Ninth Circuit Eliminates Obstacles to Enforcement of Employment Arbitration Agreements in California
  • San Francisco Issues Paid Military Leave FAQs
  • Berkeley, California Adopts Fair Work Week Measures--New Policy Forthcoming

March 2023

  • Cal/OSHA’s Non-Emergency COVID-19 Regulation Is Approved and in Effect for Next Two Years
  • Ninth Circuit Eliminates Obstacles to Enforcement of Employment Arbitration Agreements in California
  • San Francisco Issues Paid Military Leave FAQs
  • Berkeley, California Adopts Fair Work Week Measures–New Policy Forthcoming

February 2023

  • Los Angeles, California Passes Fair Workweek Ordinance Applicable to Retailers--Includes Posting Requirement
  • California Labor Commissioner Releases Limited Guidance on Pay Transparency Law
  • New San Francisco Law Requires Supplemental Compensation During Military Leave--New Policy Forthcoming (effective 02/19/23)
  • Los Angeles County Amends Ordinance on Retaliation for Reporting Public Health Violations--Includes Notice Requirement
  • Berkeley, California Enacts Fair Workweek Ordinance--Includes Notice Posting Requirement

January 2023

  • A New California Law Requires Restroom Access for Individuals with Certain Conditions (effective 01/01/23)
  • California Amends CalSavers Program (effective 01/01/23)
  • California Amends Law on Wage Garnishments (effective 01/01/23)
  • California Enacts New Law Providing Time Off for Bereavement–Now Includes Sample Policy (effective 01/01/23)
  • California Expands Definition of “Family Member” for CFRA and Paid Sick Leave–Now Includes Updated Policies (effective 01/01/23)
  • California Expands Law on Hate Imagery in Places of Employment and Elsewhere (effective 01/01/23)
  • California Extends COVID-19-Related Workers’ Compensation Provisions (effective 01/01/23)
  • California Law Establishes New Protections for Employees During States of Emergency (effective 01/01/23)
  • California Law Protects People From Civil or Criminal Liability Related to Reproductive Health (effective 01/01/23)
  • California Law Requires Reproductive Health Coverage Information (effective 01/01/23)
  • California Passes Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act (effective 01/01/23)
  • California Privacy Rights Act for Employers: The New “Notice at Collection” California Employers Must Distribute to the Workforce (effective 01/01/23)
  • California Prohibits Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Decision-Making–Now Includes Updated Policy (effective 01/01/23)
  • California Provides Arrest and Conviction Record Relief (effective 01/01/23)
  • New California Law Addresses Employers’ Use of Certain Devices to Track Employees–Includes Notice Requirement (effective 01/01/23)
  • New California Law Requires Annual Pay Data Reports and Including Pay Information in Job Postings (effective 01/01/23)
  • Substantial New Privacy Obligations for California Employers: The California Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act of 2020 Passes at the Polls (effective 01/01/23)

2022 California Legal Updates

December 2022

  • California Prohibits Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Decision-Making–Now Includes Updated Policy
  • California Enacts New Law Providing Time Off for Bereavement–Now Includes Sample Policy
  • California Expands Definition of “Family Member” for CFRA and Paid Sick Leave–Now Includes Updated Policies

November 2022

  • California Enacts New Law Providing Time Off for Bereavement–Now Includes Sample Policy
  • California Extends COVID-19-Related Workers’ Compensation Provisions
  • California Law Requires Reproductive Health Coverage Information
  • California Provides Arrest and Conviction Record Relief
  • A New California Law Requires Restroom Access for Individuals with Certain Conditions
  • New California Law Requires Annual Pay Data Reports and Including Pay Information in Job Postings
  • California Extends COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Through 2022, Makes Small Amendment and Offers Grants for Smaller Employers–Includes Updated Policy
  • California Expands Definition of “Family Member” for CFRA and Paid Sick Leave–Policy Updates Forthcoming
  • California Prohibits Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Decision-Making–Now Includes Updated Policy
  • New California Law Addresses Employers’ Use of Certain Devices to Track Employees–Includes Notice Requirement
  • California Law Establishes New Protections for Employees During States of Emergency
  • California Increases Family Temporary Disability Insurance Weekly Benefit Amount
  • California Amends Law on Wage Garnishments View Post

October 2022

  • California Expands Law on Hate Imagery in Places of Employment and Elsewhere
  • California Prohibits Discrimination Based on Personal Use of Cannabis
  • California Prohibits Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Decision-Making
  • California Passes Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act
  • San Francisco Voters Adopt Permanent Public Health Emergency Leave Measure–Now Includes Sample Policy
  • California Extends COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Through 2022, Makes Small Amendment and Offers Grants for Smaller Employers–Includes Updated Policy
  • California Amends Law on Wage Garnishments
  • A New California Law Requires Restroom Access for Individuals with Certain Conditions
  • California Increases Family Temporary Disability Insurance Weekly Benefit Amount
  • New California Law Addresses Employers’ Use of Certain Devices to Track Employees–Includes Notice Requirement
  • California Law Requires Reproductive Health Coverage Information
  • New California Law Requires Annual Pay Data Reports and Including Pay Information in Job Postings
  • The California Family Rights Act Will Now Cover Bereavement Leave–Policy Updates Forthcoming
  • California Expands Law on Hate Imagery in Places of Employment and Elsewhere
  • California Law Establishes New Protections for Employees During States of Emergency
  • California Expands Definition of “Family Member” for CFRA and Paid Sick Leave–Policy Updates Forthcoming
  • California Provides Arrest and Conviction Record Relief
  • California Extends COVID-19-Related Workers’ Compensation Provisions
  • California Law Protects People From Civil or Criminal Liability Related to Reproductive Health

September 2022

  • California Amends CalSavers Program
  • Inflation Disrupts California’s Minimum Wage Rate Schedule, Prompts Pay Increases for Non-Exempt and Exempt Employees in 2023, and Impacts Other California Laws
  • San Francisco Adopts Final Rules Implementing the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance–Includes New Handbook Notice Requirement
  • Panic Buttons and Workload Limits: Los Angeles Hotel Workers Get New Protections
  • California Passes Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act

August 2022

  • Glendale, CA Institutes Hotel Worker Protections, Including Panic Buttons, Workload Limits, Leave and Accommodations
  • West Hollywood, California Passes Comprehensive Ordinance Establishing a Local Minimum Wage and Requiring Paid and Unpaid Leave–Now Includes Sample Policy
  • Panic Buttons and Workload Limits: Los Angeles Hotel Workers Get New Protections
  • Inflation Disrupts California’s Minimum Wage Rate Schedule, Prompts Pay Increases for Non-Exempt and Exempt Employees in 2023, and Impacts Other California Laws

July 2022

  • California Department of Public Health Order Alters “Close Contact” and “Infectious Period” Definitions Under Cal/OSHA COVID ETS
  • San Francisco Voters Adopt Permanent Public Health Emergency Leave Measure–Sample Policy Forthcoming

 


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