Employment Alert -- A Wave of New Changes to California Employment Laws for 2012

Governor Jerry Brown has approved numerous significant new laws affecting California employers. The following highlights some of these changes.

New Mandatory Employee Notification Requirements (AB 469); California Employers May be Required to Pay for Health Insurance for Up to Seven Months (SB 299 and AB 592); Commission Plans Must be in Writing by 2013 (AB 1396); Restrictions on the Use of Consumer Credit Reports in Employment (AB 22); New Independent Contractor Misclassification Liability (SB 459); Human Trafficking Bill Requires Disclosure (SB 657); Coverage of California Domestic Partners Under Health Insurance Plans Issued to Out-of-State Employers (SB 757); Discrimination Based on Genetic Information (SB 559); California's Organ Donation Leave Law Clarified (SB 272); California's Anti-Discrimination Laws are Broadened to Expressly Prohibit Discrimination Based on "Gender Identity" and "Gender Expression" (AB 887); Medical Debts Exempt from Wage Garnishment (AB 1388); Increased Potential Liability for Minimum Wage Violations (AB 240); Employment Acceleration Act Prevents State and Local Government from Requiring Employers to Use E-Verify Program (AB 1236); and NLRB Notice Requirements.

Excerpt from New Mandatory Employee Notification Requirements (AB 469)

AB 469, effective January 1, 2012, makes numerous additions and changes to the wage and hour provisions of the Labor Code. Under current law, employers are required to post specified wage and hour information in a location where it can be viewed by employees.

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