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That’s A Wrap—Six Important California Employment Legislative Updates Effective January 1, 2018

That’s A Wrap—Six Important California Employment Legislative Updates Effective January 1, 2018

By Anne Cherry Barnett

As the 2017 California legislative session comes to an end, employers are faced with new employment laws added to the labyrinth of California employment compliance. Governor Brown recently signed into law six new statutory obligations that take effect on January 1, 2018:

  1. Ban on Salary Inquiries- Applicant’s Prior Salary History (AB 168)
  2. Parental Leave for Small Employers and Parental Leave Mediation Program (SB 63)
  3. “Ban The Box”-Conviction History of Applicants (AB 1008)
  4. Additional Harassment Training on Gender Identity, Expression & Sexual Orientation (SB 396)
  5. Immigration Worker Protection Act (AB 450)
  6. Expansion of the Labor Commissioner’s Authority For Retaliation Claims (SB 306) 
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City of Los Angeles Follows Trend: Votes to “Ban the Box”

City of Los Angeles Follows Trend: Votes to “Ban the Box”

By Anne Cherry Barnett and Emily Erdman

On December 9, 2016, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the “Fair Chance Initiative” prohibiting employers from considering a job applicant’s criminal history, except in limited circumstances. Private employers in Los Angeles may no longer ask job applicants about their criminal histories prior to making conditional job offers. Los Angeles joins over 150 cities and counties in 24 states nationwide, including San Francisco, that have adopted such “Ban the Box” ordinances. View the City of Los Angeles ordinance here.

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