New Laws

New Employment Laws for 2017

Once again the California Legislature has been hard at work passing new employment laws. The following is the “final” list of bills signed by the governor. All bills will take effect on January 1, 2018, unless otherwise specified in the bill.

Many of the bills are only applicable to specific industries. Others apply to all employers in California. With so many new bills, I can’t write an in depth analysis of all 84 bills. I will do my best over the upcoming weeks to discuss those bills that will impact the majority of employers in California–and those I find most interesting. For now, you just get the list with a link so you can read the bill yourself.

New Employment Laws for 2017

  • AB 20  – Public employee retirement systems: divestment: Dakota Access Pipeline.
  • AB 31  – Whistleblowers: California State Auditor.
  • AB 46  – Employers: wage discrimination.
  • AB 55  – Hazardous materials management: stationary sources.
  • AB 83  – Collective bargaining: Judicial Council.
  • AB 168  (D-Stockton) Employers: salary information.
  • AB 199  – Public works: private residential projects.
  • AB 226  – Teacher credentialing: spouses of active duty members of the Armed Forces: expedited application process.
  • AB 260  – Human trafficking.
  • AB 317  – Napa County: farmworker housing.
  • AB 326  – Public works: prevailing wage rates: wage and penalty assessments.
  • AB 415  – CalFresh: employment social enterprises.
  • AB 450  – Employment regulation: immigration worksite enforcement actions.
  • AB 491  – California Civil Liberties Public Education Act.
  • AB 500  – Employee codes of conduct: employee interactions with pupils.
  • AB 512  – Public employees’ retirement: safety members: industrial disability retirement.
  • AB 563  – CalFresh Employment and Training program.
  • AB 579  – Apprenticeship: fire protection: firefighter pre-apprenticeship program.
  • AB 581  – Apprenticeships on public works projects.
  • AB 618  – Local Agency Public Construction Act: job order contracting: school districts: community college districts.
  • SB 658  – Jury selection.
  • AB 670  – Classified employees: part-time playground positions.
  • AB 699  – Educational equity: immigration and citizenship status.
  • AB 736  – State teachers’ retirement: executive positions.
  • AB 828  – Civil actions: fee recovery.
  • AB 848  – Public contracts: University of California: California State University: domestic workers.
  • AB 851  – Local agency contracts.
  • AB 978  – Financial institutions: Iran sanctions.
  • AB 1008  – Employment discrimination: conviction history.
  • AB 1066  – Agricultural workers: wages, hours, and working conditions.
  • AB 1102  – Health facilities: whistleblower protections.
  • AB 1111  – Removing Barriers to Employment Act: Breaking Barriers to Employment Initiative.
  • AB 1149  – Workforce investment boards: funding.
  • AB 1221  – Alcoholic beverage control: Responsible Beverage Service Training Program Act of 2017.
  •  AB 1222  – Vehicles: electronic wireless communications devices.
  • AB 1223  – Construction contract payments: Internet Web site posting.
  • AB 1243  – Public Employees’ Retirement System: replacement benefits plan.
  • AB 1325  – State teachers’ retirement.
  • AB 1424  – University of California: Best Value Construction Contracting Program.
  • AB 1455  – The California Public Records Act: exemptions.
  • AB 1687  – Customer records: age information: commercial online entertainment employment service providers.
  • AB 1692  – County employees’ retirement: Contra Costa County.
  • AB 1701  – Labor-related liabilities: original contractor. With a signing message.
  • AB 1710  – Prohibited discrimination against service members.
  • AB 1840  – State agencies: interns and student assistants: hiring preference.
  • AB 1875  – State teachers’ retirement: option beneficiaries: trusts.
  • AB 1918  – Teacher credentialing: temporary certificates.
  • AB 2025  – Barbering and cosmetology: labor law education requirements.
  • AB 2036  – Online child care job posting services: background check service providers: enforcement.
  • AB 2105  – Workforce development: allied health professions.
  • AB 2230  – Overtime compensation: private elementary or secondary academic institutions: teachers.
  • AB 2296  – Digital signatures (applicable to DFEH online right-to-sue requests).
  • AB 2337  – Employment protections: victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
  • AB 2375  – Public Employees’ Retirement System: omnibus bill.
  • AB 2376   – County employees’ retirement: Los Angeles County.
  • AB 2899  – Minimum wage violations: challenges.
  • SB 24  – California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013: joint powers authority: employees.
  • SB 31  – California Religious Freedom Act: state agencies: disclosure of religious affiliation information.
  • SB 33  – Arbitration agreements.
  • SB 63  – Unlawful employment practice: parental leave.
  • SB 112  – State government.
  • SB 156  – Military and veterans: transition assistance: citizenship.
  • SB 179  – Gender identity: female, male, or nonbinary.
  • SB 201  – Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act: employees.
  • SB 225 – Human trafficking: notice.
  • SB 258 – Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017.
  • SB 266 – Armed service members: consumer loans.
  • SB 282 – CalFresh and CalWORKs.
  • SB 285 – Public employers: union organizing.
  • SB 295 – Farm labor contractors: sexual harassment prevention.
  • SB 306  – Retaliation actions: complaints: administrative review.
  • SB 310  – Name and gender change: prisons and county jails.
  • SB 334  – Enhanced industrial disability leave.
  • SB 396  – Employment: gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
  • SB 418  – Public contracts: skilled and trained workforce.
  • SB 490  – Wages: Barbering and Cosmetology Act: licensees.
  • SB 514   – California Health Benefit Exchange.
  • SB 597  – Human trafficking: victim confidentiality.
  • SB 728  – State public employees: sick leave: veterans with service-related disabilities.
  • SB 731  – Public school employees: former or current members of the Armed Forces of the United States or California National Guard: leave of absence for illness or injury.
  • SB 776  – Corrections: veterans’ benefits.
  • SB 1015  – Domestic work employees: labor standards.
  • SB 1241  – Employment contracts: adjudication: choice of law and forum.
  • SB 1353  – State Teachers’ Retirement System: funding.

A special Thank You goes out to Phyllis Cheng for her tireless work throughout the year putting together notices of the new employment laws and the cases interpreting the laws. She does a great job and I truly appreciate her work on behalf of the State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Section.

Original article by Robert E. Nuddleman of Nuddleman Law Firm, P.C.

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