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Never Ending Changes

It is that time again. July 1 marks the mid-year point, and as is customary in California, it is time to update your Labor Posters, Employee Handbook, Hiring Policies, and Pay codes.

The new regulations listed below all take effect on July 1, 2017.

Ban-the Box. Regulations under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) goes into effect where employers may face liability for considering criminal history in making employment decisions such as hiring, promotion, training, discipline, layoff, and termination. The amended regulations largely adopt the guidance set forth by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Transgender Identity and Expression. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) approved new regulations regarding transgender identity and expression in the workplace. This regulation includes restrooms, preferred name, transitioning, dress codes, or requiring documentation on sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression as a condition of employment.

Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking. Existing California law provides employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking the right to take time off from work in specified circumstances. AB 2337 requires employers, with 25 or more employees, to give new employees written notice of these rights upon hire and to provide notice to current employees upon request. The form that must be given to employees can be found at:   https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/Victims_of_Domestic_Violence_Leave_Notice.pdf

Minimum Wage Increases. Several cities in the Southern California region have changes to the minimum wage. Employers with 25 or more employers must pay employees $12.00 an hour in Los Angeles County, City of Los Angeles, Malibu, and Pasadena. Please check your local area for other municipalities that may enact MWOs.
Note: The above list is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of all regulations that take effect on July 1. Please contact your legal counsel for any regulations that may affect your organization.