Two New Employment Related Proposals for Los Angeles Area

Nov 18 2015 - Hiring, Minimum Wage - HRWatchdog

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Local employment-related ordinances continue to rise.

Yesterday, the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles took separate actions that, if passed, could affect businesses in those areas.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the City Council is considering a proposed “ban the box” ordinance which would prohibit covered employers from asking about criminal convictions on an application form or running a criminal background check until a conditional offer of employment has been made.  According to the news report, a City Council committee has asked the city attorney’s office to draft a new ordinance that would apply to employers with 10 or more workers. The proposal would head to the City Council for approval.

Los Angeles wouldn’t be the first city to pass a ban the box ordinance. In 2014, San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance took effect which prohibits covered employers from asking about a job applicant’s arrest and conviction record until after a live interview, among other requirements.

Other cities have rules that apply only to those who enter into contracts with the city.

In separate news, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Los Angeles County supervisors voted to set up a new wage enforcement division to enforce upcoming minimum wage requirements for the county. The exact details of the program and any penalties that would be attached for violations of county laws still need to be worked out.

Local ordinances governing terms of employment continue to be on the rise. Check with your local city or county government whether any local ordinance may apply to your workforce.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

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