List of employment laws affecting California

The California Chamber of Commerce on Thursday released a list of new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2015 or earlier that will have an impact on businesses in the state.

Some of the new laws, such as mandatory paid sick leave, make significant changes to California's legal landscape. Other new laws make changes to different parts of existing law or may only affect employers in specified industries, such as farming.

Unless specified, the following list of new legislation goes into effect on Jan. 1.

The biggest news in the leaves of absence arena is mandatory paid sick leave.

Assembly Bill (AB) 1522, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, requires employers to provide paid sick leave to any employee who worked in California for 30 days at an accrual rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked.

Employers are allowed to limit an employee's use of paid sick leave to 24 hours or three days in each year of employment and may put a maximum cap on total accrual of 48 hours or six days. The effective date for employers to begin providing the paid sick leave benefit is July 1, 2015.

The law contains many different nuances, such as detailed record keeping and notice requirements, including a new poster requirement. The law also contains penalties for noncompliance.

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