New California Employment Laws for 2017

With 2017 around the corner, there are a number of new laws in California that employers should be prepared for starting January 1, 2017.  Contact us for further implementation support.

“All Gender” Bathroom Bill

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law bill AB 1732, which will require businesses to post non-gender specific signs on “single-user toilet facilities,” effective on March 1, 2017.  The bill defines “single-user toilet facility” as a toilet facility with no more than one water closet and one urinal with a locking mechanism controlled by the user.

California Fair Pay Act

Originally effective in 2016, the passage of SB 1063 and AB 1676 will expand the Fair Pay Act significantly.  Among the changes is the requirement of equal pay for similar work with expand beyond gender to also include race and ethnicity.  Additionally, AB 1676 amended the Labor Code to state that “prior salary shall not, by itself, justify any disparity in compensation.”  This is effective January 1, 2017.

Minimum Wage Increase

Effective on January 1, 2017, the state-wide minimum wage for companies with 26 or more employees will increase to $10.50 per hour.  Additionally, more than 20 cities and counties will have their own minimum wage ordinances, which you can find here. 

Domestic Violence Leave

Effective July 1, 2017, employers with 25 or more employees are required to notify employees of their rights to take off time for domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.  A form will be developed and published by July 1st. 

Prohibitions on Asking about Juvenile Convictions 

Employers are now prohibited from asking applicants for information on juvenile arrests, convictions, or other legal issues that was subject to the jurisdiction of juvenile court law.  This is effective starting on January 1, 2017.