The increasing regulation of private-sector employers at the city, county, and local regional agency level is a significant continuing trend. Many state and federal employment laws expressly allow or don’t expressly preempt further regulation at the local level. Such regulatory power was mostly dormant for many years because local government agencies generally declined to regulate the employment practices of employers that didn’t engage in government contracting or leasing activities at the local government level.
Now, cities and other local agencies in California and throughout the rest of the country are enacting laws regulating paid sick leave, commuter benefits, leave and caregiver accommodation requirements, employment applications and background checks, and expanded categories of prohibited discrimination.
Originally published in the California Employment Law Letter on May 12, 2014.
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