The year 2011 is almost over. For the first time in years, California employers witnessed significant changes to employment laws, most of which will take effect on January 1, 2012.
In addition to the California Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act ("CalGINA"), which prohibits genetic discrimination in employment (See Alert September 23, 2011), six new laws are particularly significant. These laws govern employee credit reports, pay notices, employee gender identity, pregnancy leave, independent contractors and commissioned employees. Failure to adhere to these statutes could expose California employers to significant penalties. Companies that are not already prepared have just a few weeks to understand the new laws, train managers and update policies and procedures. The following summaries of law with practical guidance should be considered by employers as a check list.
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