Theresa Harvey, President & CEO
What’s new in employment law for 2014? There are several new laws that take effect in 2014 which will have an impact on businesses in California. Several of these new employment laws will create big changes in key areas, like a new minimum wage and expanded leaves of absences, while other new laws only make small changes to existing laws. The new laws discussed below go into effect on January 1, 2014, unless otherwise specified.
Wage and Hour
- Minimum wage: AB 10 raised the minimum wage from $8 per hour to $9 per hour effective July 1, 2014, and to $10 per hour effective January 1, 2016.
- Meal and rest periods—expansion to heat illness recovery periods: SB 435 expands meal and rest break prohibitions to “recovery” periods taken to prevent heat illness.
- Damages for minimum wage violations: AB 442 expands the penalty available for citations issued by the Labor Commissioner for failing to pay minimum wage to include a requirement that the employer pay liquidated damages to the employee, in addition to existing penalties.
- Protections for exercising rights under Labor Code: AB 263 amends Labor Code Section 98.6, which protects employees who assert their rights under the Labor Code; …read more
Source: Fullerton Chamber of Commerce