New for 2015
AB1522: Beginning July 1, 2015, every employee, whether exempt or nonexempt (limited exceptions), who is employed in California for 30 days or more will be entitled to accrue paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay of no less than one hour for every 30 hours worked beginning the first day of employment (or July 1, 2015, whichever is later). Exempt employees are deemed to work 40 hours per week, unless the employee normally works a workweek of less than 40 hours.
AB2053: Beginning January 1, 2015, abusive conduct (bullying) will be a required component in mandatory harassment prevention training plus charges can now be made against an employer or employee for conduct that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive and unrelated to business interest. This new law will have a profound effect on what will constitute a hostile workplace due to poor supervisory practices or employees treating each other poorly.
AB1443: Beginning January 1, 2015, FEHA protections will apply to unpaid interns and individuals in apprenticeship training programs.
AB2074: Increases employer liability in actions alleging the employer paid the employee less than minimum wage. Employees are now able to recover liquidated damages going back three years.