New Laws for California Employers Effective July 2014


Employment, Benefits & Labor

Please take note that effective July 1, 2014, the following California laws take effect:

  • California Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) will be extended to more family members, including seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, or parent-in-laws. By July 1, employers must distribute updated PFL pamphlets containing the new family members to new hires as well as those employees who qualify for a PFL leave. The PFL pamphlet can be obtained on the EDD website at this link:
  • Additionally, starting July 1, California employers must also distribute a revised workers’ compensation pamphlet to all new employees at the time of hire. The pamphlet contains various information on the workers’ compensation program, including modified requirements for employees to pre-designate a personal physician. Please consult your carrier about obtaining this pamphlet.
  • Finally, California’s minimum wage is raised to $9.00 per hour effective July 1, 2014, and to $10.00 per hour effective January 1, 2016. Please keep in mind that California employers will need to pay exempt employees $37,440 annually on a salaried basis in order to maintain exempt status. This number will rise to $41,600 on January 1, 2016.


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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