New California Employment Laws Effective Now and Coming January 1, 2021

October 15, 2020 | From HRCalifornia Extra

by James W. Ward, J.D.; Employment Law Subject Matter Expert/Legal Writer and Editor, CalChamber

It’s mid-October, which means the leaves are turning red and orange, pumpkin spice treats are plentiful, everyone's looking longingly at their sweaters — and new employment laws are here!

September 30, 2020, was the last day of this year’s legislative session, which ended with California Governor Gavin Newsom signing a flurry of bills — and vetoing a few as well.

This issue of HRCalifornia Extra summarizes new laws in the following areas:

  • COVID-19: Workers’ Compensation, Paid Sick Leave and Workplace Safety.
  • Leaves of Absence.
  • Worker Classification.
  • Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Protections.
  • Privacy.
  • Wage and Hour.

Unless otherwise stated, the new laws take effect January 1, 2021.

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