California Employment Law Updates

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In his first legislative season, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law 22 employment-related bills. All but one go into effect on January 1, 2012. The most significant changes are summarized as follows.

Wage Theft Prevention Act – AB 469; Fines for Incorrect Use of the Independent Contractor Classification – SB 459; Paid Leave for Organ or Bone Marrow Donation – SB 1304; New Medical Insurance Requirements During Pregnancy Leave – AB 592; Health Insurers May Not Discriminate Against Registered Domestic Partners – SB 757; Gender Identity and Gender Expression Identified As Protected Classes – AB 887; Discrimination Based on Genetic Information Is Now Prohibited – SB 559; Use of Background Checks Limited for Most Jobs – AB 22; and, All Commissioned Employees Must Have Written Agreements – AB 1396.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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