Tag Archives: State Legislative Update

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing Renamed

As of July 1, 2022, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has a new name. The agency will now be referred to as the California Civil Rights Department (CRD). Employers should be aware that the formerly named DFEH has been updating its website content, posters and brochures with the new name and logo. The […]

California Amends CFRA to Cover Time Off for Bereavement

On September 29, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1949, which amends the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) to require covered employers with five or more employees to provide eligible employees with five days of unpaid bereavement leave upon the death of a “covered family member”. The law takes effect on January 1, 2023. Covered Family […]

Calsavers Program Expanded to Cover All California Employers

On August 26, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 1126 which would expand the state’s retirement savings program (CalSavers) requirement to apply to all California employers with at least one non-owner employee. Previously, the requirement to participate applied to those with five or more non-owner employees. Newly covered employers must register with the program starting on January 1, 2026. […]

California: COVID Relief and Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

On August 31, 2022, AB 152 (Committee on Budget) passed the California legislature, it was signed by Governor Newson on September 29, and took effect immediately. The bill establishes the COVID-19 Relief Grant Program within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to help qualified small businesses or non-profits with grants up to $50,000 to reimburse […]

California Fast-food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act Takes Effect

On September 5, 2022, the governor signed the California Fast-food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act (FAST Recovery Act) which will create a Fast-Food Council (Council) within the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). The purpose of the Council is to establish sector wide minimum standards on wages, working hours, and other working conditions related to the health, safety, […]

California Employers and Off-Duty Marijuana Use

On September 18, 2022, California passed a law prohibiting discrimination in employment due off-duty marijuana use. The law becomes effective on January 1, 2024. The law will prohibit employers from discriminating in their hiring, termination, employment terms or conditions, or otherwise penalizing an individual based on their off-duty marijuana use. Further, employers are restricted from using a positive […]

California Requires Employee Notifications for Citations

California has amended sections of the labor code relating to occupational safety and health to require employers to post an employee notification containing specified information when the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) issues citations, orders or special orders to enforce occupational safety and health standards. The amendment takes effect on January 1, 2023. This employee […]

California Legislature Passes Wage Disclosure Law & Expands Its Pay Data Reporting Law

On September 27, 2022, California enacted a law (S.B. 1162) which will add California to the growing list of jurisdictions that require pay ranges to be included in job postings. The law also significantly expands the state’s pay data reporting requirements for large employers. The law will take effect January 1, 2023. Wage Disclosure Requirements The wage disclosure […]

Connecticut Extends Discrimination and Leave Protections to Domestic Violence Victims

Effective October 1, 2022, the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA) which prohibits discrimination because of an individual’s race (including hairstyle), color, religion, creed, age, sex (including pregnancy, child-bearing capacity, sterilization, fertility or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, ancestry, present or past history of mental disability, intellectual disability […]

DC Has Amended Its Anti-Discrimination Law and Its Definition of Harassment

The District of Columbia (DC) has amended its anti-discrimination law to add “homeless status” as a protected characteristic, to broadly define harassment and sexual harassment, and to extend coverage to independent contractors. DC’s antidiscrimination law applies to employers of all sizes. The amendments took effect on October 1, 2022. The updated definitions of harassment, including sexual harassment eliminate the “severe […]