California Employment Law Changes In 2022

Updated: Jan 28

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 will also be taken into consideration by our prescreened California Employment Attorneys.


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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 an Employment Lawyer in Los Angeles 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.