New 2022 California Employment Laws

New 2022 California Employment Laws

There are several new 2022 California employment laws of which employers must be aware, as they may affect daily business operations, policies and employees.

While the COVID-19 pandemic was still challenging for the California Legislature this year, it didn’t stop legislators from sending several hundred bills to Governor Gavin Newsom, many of which impact California employers. The governor signed safety, wage enforcement, severance and settlement agreements, and worker classification laws, among others. 

Two COVID-19-related bills went into effect immediately upon being signed by the governor; one clarifies and cleans up last year’s COVID-19 notice and reporting bill, while the other's requirements aim to make it easier for businesses to track and implement the most current COVID-19 orders and guidance.

Then there’s a bill that cleans up and builds upon 2020’s changes to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), both cleaning up a drafting error, as well as revising and adding more detailed provisions to the CFRA small employer mediation program.

Various bills made changes solely in certain industries, such as warehouse distribution centers, garment manufacturing and more. 

In addition to state laws, California businesses also must pay attention to local ordinance changes for
January 1, 2022.

Download CalChamber's free white paper, New 2022 California Employment Laws, to learn more.

Unless otherwise noted within the white paper, the new laws take effect on January 1, 2022.
Published November 16, 2021

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As a not-for-profit, CalChamber is a business advocate and expert HR compliance resource for California employers. Our legislative presence at the State Capitol means we know California employment laws inside and out. We monitor, analyze and report changes as they happen, turning our expertise into products and services that help businesses more easily understand and comply with complex laws and regulations.


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