P4 California Employment Laws Schedule to Take Effect in 2020 – Wage and Hour Laws

There are several new wage and hour laws that were passed in 2019. They include the following: AB 673. Prior law provided for a civil penalty (on top of any other penalties) on every person who failed to pay each employee the wages that were due to the employee. The prior law also included a requirement that prohibi...

P3 California Employment Laws Schedule to Take Effect in 2020 – Discrimination, Retaliation, and Harassment Laws

The following two laws affect how workers are judged and treated in the workplace. The aim of SB 188 is to recognize how race has been unfairly used to discriminate in employment based on historical traits such as hair texture and style. The law amends how race is defined (and thus amends the California Fair Employm...

P2 of California Employment Laws Scheduled to Take Effect in 2020

Part 2. Classification of Workers of California's New Laws Scheduled to Take Effect in 2020 One major California law that affects California employment is the codification of the Dynamex decisions which changed the way workers are classified. Now, many more workers will qualify for employee status and not independen...

A Ban on Settlement Agreement No-Rehire Requirements

This law is effective 1/1/2020. It means that provisions in settlement agreements that preclude workers from obtaining future jobs with the settling employer (or related business) are invalid. There is an exception for good faith reviews by the employer that show an employee engaged in sexual assault or sexual harassme...

New Ninth Circuit Ruling Applies Dynamex Decision Retroactively – Making It Hard to Say Workers aren’t Employees

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on May 2, 2019, that the California Supreme Court Dynamex decision can be applied retroactively. Dynamex changed the rules in the new gig economy – the sector of the economy that uses apps to help drive business while giving workers flexible hours. Both the Dynamex decision and...