Updated: Mar 16
What's New In California's Labor Laws? Find A California Employment Lawyer To Help You
In 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom of California signed multiple laws affecting employers in California. The new California labor laws, some of which were signed into law only weeks ago, cover various issues, including sick leave, job classification, job leave, benefits for jobs, implementation of safety rules, salaries, and unemployment insurance.
All California-based employers should be aware of these new laws, consider how these laws will impact their practices, and work with attorneys to resolve any enforcement issues. In Assembly Bill (AB) or Senate Bill (SB), each new legislation's effective date is indicated.
So, let's discuss what you need to know about the new California Labor And Employment Laws and how they'll affect you, your California Employment Attorney, and the California Employment Lawyers Association.
AB 685 (Effective Jan. 1, 2022)
Note Commitments for COVID-19 Occupational Exposures and Cal / OSHA Compliance Adjustments
In the event of a COVID-19 virus positive test results in the workplace, AB 685 prescribes notification standards for employees, strengthens reporting requirements to local health authorities in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak, and extends the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal / OSHA) authority to shut down work sites considered to be an "imminent danger" due to COVID-19 and issue "significant breach."
Under AB 685, California employers who are informed of possible exposure to COVID-19 must, within one business day, do the following:
Provide written notice during the infectious timeframe that they might have been exposed to COVID-19 to all employees and employers of subcontracted employees on the premises at the same worksite as the "qualifying individual "2.
Provide written notice, if any, to the exclusive representative (union) of the above workers.
Provide details about COVID-19-related benefits to which they may be entitled, including but not limited to worker compensation, COVID-19-related leave, and paid sick leave, as well as the an