New California Employment Laws That Impact Employers

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Several new California employment laws will be going into effect in 2012. Some of these laws require prompt action to ensure compliance. Employers are encouraged to review employee-related materials and as necessary revise their handbooks, modify job applications, analyze existing employment agreements, and evaluate their classification of independent contractors.

Additional Penalties For Willful Misclassification Of Independent Contractors (SB 459)

SB 459 creates new penalties for “willful misclassification” of employees as independent contractors. Willful misclassification means “voluntarily or knowingly” misclassifying a worker as an independent contractor. The new law also makes it unlawful to charge willfully misclassified workers any fee or make any pay deductions as a result of their misclassification...

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