In all states in the United States of America, it is important for both employees and employers to be well versed with the latest employment laws to keep abreast of the oppressive practices in the industry. Here are a few salient new regulations that you need to watch out for in California in the year 2017-
Expansion of the Equal Pay Act
The law has been updated to prohibit wage disparity between the sexes by relying on prior salary (AB 1676) and according to SB 1063, protection of beyond gender, wherein there should be no wage disparities with relation to race and gender.
Rights Concerning Domestic Violence
An employer has been prohibited from discriminating and retaliating against any employee who has been subjected to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. The employer cannot take any action against the employee if he or she is taking time off from work to resolve any of these issues.
Minimum Wages and Minimum Salary Increase Laws
Californian laws have brought about a significant change in their laws on minimum wages. It has been decided that starting from Jan 2017 an employer must pay his employees a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour with a gradual rate increasing reaching $15 per hour in the year 2022.
The minimum salary for exempt employees has been capped at $840 per week that is $43,680 per year. This amount would reach to $62,400 per year in the year 2022.
Mandatory Retirement Savings
The employer has to ensure that all his employees are enrolled into a state-run Retirement Savings Program. It is his duty to also provide them the information about the same.
Gender- Neutral Bathrooms
From March 2017, the Californian law has made it compulsory to do away with gender discriminated restrooms and to make all bathrooms and restrooms as all gender and do away with the gender-based single- user bathrooms.
Extra Benefits for Agricultural Workers
The laws are in favor of providing meal and rest periods for agricultural workers and also providing them with overtime compensation benefits.
This is just a small capsule summary which intends to provide just a few details.