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Message from Kim: The Only Thing Constant is Change

Published Friday, December 28, 2018
by Kim Gusman, President & CEO

Kim GusmanSome big changes took place in the United States in 2018, especially when it came to equality. For the first time in Marine Corps history, a woman was in charge of an infantry platoon, Nevada became the first state with a majority female legislature, the first Muslim and Native American women were elected into Congress, Texas elected the first openly LGBTQ African-American woman judge and Colorado elected the first openly gay governor.

Some of the more significant employment laws which took place in 2018 in California, followed suit including:

A Criminal History Ban which no longer allows employers to inquire about a job applicant’s criminal history until a job offer is made.
A Salary History Ban which no longer allows employers to inquire about a job applicant’s salary history, ever.
The Dynamex Decision which dramatically changes how employers determine if someone is an independent contractor or an employee.

Now here we are in 2019 and many of the new employment laws employers must comply with continue to improve equality in the workplace, such as:

• New Harassment Prevention Training Requirements for all employees.
• An amendment to the 2018 Salary History Ban which now allows us to ask job applicants about their salary expectations during an interview.
• A California minimum wage increase to $11/hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees and $12/hr for employers with 26 or more employees.
• Lactation accommodations for nursing mothers.
• Rest break exceptions for certain long-haul truck drivers and ambulance drivers.
• Requirements to have women on all California Public Sector boards.

At CEA we are committed to supporting employers and we have been since 1937. As we head into the New Year, please join us at one of our Labor Law Update Symposiums throughout the state or on our January 30 webinar. You can find a detailed list of California’s employment laws on our website.

From all of us at CEA, we wish you and yours a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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