New California Employment Laws for 2012

First Quarter 2012Newsletters California Update

We have previously written about many of the new employment laws that took effect earlier this year. As a reminder, here’s a list of the most significant ones:

• AB 22 - Restricts use of consumer credit reports.
• SB 459 - Imposes new penalties for misclassifying employees as independent contractors.
• AB 887 – Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression.
• AB 469 – Requires employers to give newly hired non-exempt, non-union employees a notice with information regarding wages and pay practices; also known as the “Wage Theft Protection Act.”
• SB 559 - Prohibits discrimination based on genetic information.
• SB 117 – Requires businesses with contracts with the state of California for more than $100,000 to provide equal benefits for an employee's same-sex spouse or registered domestic partner.
• SB 299 - Requires employers to maintain group health benefits for employees on pregnancy disability leave.
• AB 1146 - Requires hospitals to maintain safe patient handling policies and train staff on safe lifting techniques.

Additionally, the wage requirements for computer professionals and physicians to qualify as exempt under California law increased, effective January 1, 2012. Computer professionals must earn either $38.89/hr, $6,752.19/mo, or $81,026.25/yr. Licensed physicians must earn at least $70.86/hr. If you would like more information about any of these issues, please let us know.