Changes California Employers Must Make by January 1, 2020 (11-14-19 Webinar Recording)

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California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed new employment laws on a variety of subjects, some of which will require employers to make changes by January 1, 2020. Attend this webinar for a review of some key changes employers need to make by then, including:

  • Arbitration Agreements:  California Assembly Bill 51 prohibits the common employer practice of requiring arbitration agreements to be signed as condition of employment, making it necessary for many employers to amend their arbitration agreements and offer letter language on any such condition of employment.
  • Lactation Accommodation:   California Senate Bill 142 expands employee lactation accommodation rights. Employers need to update their handbook policies accordingly.
  • “Contractor” vs. “Employee” Classification:  California Assembly Bill 5 dramatically narrows which workers may be legally classified as “contractors” under California unemployment compensation law (effective 1-1-2020), and the California Labor Code (effective 7-1-2020), adopting the “ABC” test (as articulated by the California Supreme Court in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court) under those laws. Previously, the California Supreme Court had only applied the “ABC” test to California Wage Order regulations.
  • Settlement Agreements:  California Assembly Bill 749 prohibits settlement agreement language restricting re-hire of the employee, requiring many employers to amend their settlement agreement forms.
  • New Minimum Pay Requirements:  Higher minimum wage rates (review of both California state and local laws), minimum salary requirements for white-collar exemptions, and the particularly high pay requirement for exempt computer software professionals.

This is an edited recording of the webinar presented by Ray Hixson and Mary Wang on November 14, 2019. Please note that the webinar does not address changes in the law since the original program date. Please also note that the webinar provides only general information about the law, and does not constitute legal advice. Companies or individuals seeking legal advice should retain counsel.

Please note that HR and attorney continuing education credits are not available for watching this recorded program.

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