top of page

California Employment Law Changes In 2022

Updated: Dec 1, 2022

Updates On California Labor Laws That Will Be Effective This 2022

We're entering 2022, and new California labor laws will be effective soon. Know what they are and how they affect your rights. Here's a list of the changes in California employment laws, which our prescreened California Employment Attorneys will also consider.

california labor law attorney

1. Increased Minimum Wage In California

California's minimum wage threshold for companies with 25 or fewer employees will increase to $14.00 per hour on January 1, 2022. For employers with 26 or more employees in their company, there will be an increase of $15.00 per hour.

However, certain cities' minimum wages may be greater than the state's as long as they do not fall below the state's minimum wage.

Additionally, employers must pay exempt employees at least two times the California minimum wage (based on a 40-hour workweek) for full-time work.

If you continue to be paid less than the new minimum wage, consult a Los Angeles Employment Attorney immediately.

2. Penal Code's Definition Of "Grand Theft" Will Include Intentional Pay Theft

Any intentional theft of pay in an amount larger than $950 from one employee or $2,350 in the aggregate from two or more employees by an employer in any successive 12-month period shall be a crime punishable as a misdemeanor or felony under this new law.

For this new law, independent contractors are considered employees.

los angeles employment attorneys

3. Warehouse And Distribution Centers Need To Disclose Productivity Quotas To Employees

AB 701 changes the Labor Code to compel warehouse and distribution centers to disclose written information about productivity quotas to their employees.

This bill also states that employees cannot be forced to meet a quota that stops them from meeting meal and rest period requirements, using restroom facilities, or following occupational health and safety regulations.

4. Exemptions In The ABC Test

AB 1561 modifies the following existing exemptions from the ABC test:

  • Licensed manicurists (effective date extended to January 1, 2025).

  • Subcontractors in the construction industry (applicable timeframe extended to work performed before January 1, 2025).

  • A person licensed by the Department of Insurance or who provides underwriting inspections, audits, risk management, or loss control work for the insurance industry (effective date extended to January 1, 2025).

5. Changes In CFRA

Employees caring for a parent-in-law are now covered under AB 1033, which changes the California Family Rights Act ("CFRA").

The CFRA mandates employers to provide eligible employees with up to 12 work weeks of unpaid protected leave for family care and medical leave.

If you've been denied leave or fired in violation of the CFRA, consult with a prescreened Los Angeles Employment Lawyer.

6. Contractors And Subcontractors Need To Provide Electronic Records

AB 1023 changed the requirement that contractors or subcontractors working on public works provide certain payroll records to the labor commissioner, requiring contractors to provide documents in electronic format every 30 days during the project's construction and within 30 days after the project's completion.

Failure to produce the records will result in a penalty of $100 per day, up to $5,000 per project, if the documents are not provided.

7. Changes On By-Piece And By-Unit Compensation

Senate Bill ("SB") 62 changes the Labor Code to prohibit companies from compensating employees involved in garment manufacturing by the piece or unit, with few exceptions.

This bill further clarifies that, regardless of how many contracting levels a person uses, anyone who hires for the manufacture of clothing is liable for the unpaid salaries and overtime of the people who make their garments.

8. OSHA Has New Categories For Violations

SB 606 broadens Cal/enforcement OSHA's jurisdiction by introducing two new types of infractions: enterprise-wide violations and severe violations.

An example of this is when a company has a written policy or process that breaches OSHA's rules.

9. Added Contractor Liability

SB 727 changes the Labor Code to include fines, liquidated damages, and interest in a direct contractor's liability for any debt owing to a wage claimant by a subcontractor.

10. Extended Retention Period Of Employee Data

SB 807 increases the retention period for some employment-related data, including applications and personnel files, from two to four years.

When a complaint is filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing ("DFEH"), there are different retention requirements. While a mandated or voluntary dispute resolution is proceeding, the Bill extends the period for the DFEH to launch a civil action.

best employment lawyers in los angeles

11. Changes In Confidentiality Provisions

SB 331 broadens the existing prohibition on confidentiality provisions in employment-related settlement agreements to include those that limit disclosure of facts relating to all types of workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, not just those based on sex, under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

This bill also mandates that employees in separation agreements be informed of their ability to speak with a California Employment Lawyer and be given at least five days to do so.

12. Updates On Paying Arbitration Fees

Unless the arbitration agreement clearly provides a payment schedule, SB 762 requires all arbitration fees to be paid upon receipt of the invoice.

The purpose of this bill is to ban employers from delaying arbitration procedures by failing to pay costs on time or requesting extensions unless all parties agree.

Find The Best Employment Attorney in Los Angeles is a California Bar Association Certified Lawyer Referral Service that refers you to an Employment Lawyer in Los Angeles.

You may contact us through our 24/7 live chat (or complete our case details submission form) for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.


Best Lawyers Near Los Angeles

California State Bar Certified Lawyer Referral And Information Service

Welcome to, a Lawyer Referral and Information Service certified and approved by the California State Bar.

"Our commitment is to provide you with unbiased and impartial lawyer referrals."


Unlike other services, we maintain complete independence from the lawyers receiving these referrals, ensuring transparency and fairness.

While we specialize in California employment law and personal injury claims, we offer our referral services for various other legal areas.


At, we aim to ensure you are connected with best California attorney near you who can provide comprehensive and exceptional representation for your specific legal needs.


We understand that every legal situation is unique and are dedicated to finding the best match for you.


With our extensive network of attorneys, we strive to deliver outstanding legal support and guidance tailored to your individual requirements.

At, we hold California attorneys to the highest standards of professional conduct.


Your satisfaction and confidence in the legal representation you receive are paramount to us.


Rest assured that when you engage in our services, you can expect nothing less than exceptional legal support and guidance.

Why Lawyer Referrals Matter


The California State Bar investigates on average 16,000 complaints of professional misconduct by attorneys annually.

We conduct due diligence by researching and recommending the best local attorney for your case. 


Our team of experts verifies that attorneys are in good standing and have the required experience in the type of law related to your legal issue. 

Learn more about attorney discipline here.


Our History 


Since 2005, we have been dedicated to helping individuals find reliable legal representation in California.


We understand the challenges people face when trying to locate reputable lawyers, especially when inundated with self-promoting advertisements and biased marketing from law firms.


At our service, we strive to cut through the noise and provide a trustworthy and unbiased platform for connecting individuals with reputable California lawyers.


Our clients receive quality legal representation without the frustration and uncertainty often associated with legal advertising.

How the LRS Works 

Anyone seeking competent and honest legal representation in California, can request a FREE lawyer referral. 

Once you submit your case details online, our legal 24-hour legal department will review your claim and reply via email. Most cases are reviewed and answered within 15 minutes. 


A free 30 minute consultation with the attorney will be offered to each referred client. 

A representative will follow up a few days later via email with the client after receiving a referral for quality management purposes, or to obtain the status of the case. 

About lawyers from our network

California lawyers in our network are insured, in good standing with the California State Bar, and have substantial experience in their practice area.


Attorneys are available in most areas of law throughout Southern California. Every lawyer in or network has been vetted for:

  • Credentials

  • Education

  • Communication skills

  • Performance

  • Client reviews

  • Fair legal fees

  • Continuing education

  • Professional affiliations

Additionally, we conduct criminal  background checks and attorneys are always monitored by our service.  

How to find the best lawyer for your legal case: 

1. The fastest way to have your legal issue reviewed by one of our attorneys is to send your details online.


Your information will go directly to our 24 hour legal department bypassing our call center. You will get a reply via email within 15 minutes. 

2. You may also inquire about your legal issue via email. We respond to email inquiries within 24 hours M-F. 

3. By calling our lawyer referral hotline 661-310-7999. However, our agents are not attorneys and cannot provide legal advice. Due to high call volumes, it's highly recommended that you use option # 1 above. 


Simple Retro Handyman Service Badge Logo-2.png
bottom of page