Free 2021 California Employment Laws White Paper

Even in a months-long pandemic, the California Legislature passed a bunch of new employment laws — some COVID-19-related, some not — that Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law on or before his September 30, 2020, deadline. Bills designated as emergency measures took effect immediately, while others take effect on January 1, 2021. CalChamber’s employment law experts wrapped up their analysis of the significant pieces of new employment-related laws and prepared a free white paper summarizing the laws’ effects.

One of the most substantial bills in this legislative session was SB 1383, which significantly expands the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) to include all employers with five or more employees — effectively eliminating the New Parent Leave Act, the obligations of which will be folded into the expanded CFRA. This expansion, which is detailed in the new white paper, will have a major impact on small businesses.

The white paper also discusses the following:

  • New COVID-19-related laws, some that went into effect immediately and others starting January 1;
  • A new law that requires certain employers to submit a pay data report to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH);
  • Extending the time an individual can file a complaint of discrimination or retaliation with the Labor Commissioner;
  • New laws related to wage and hour enforcement and employing minors; and
  • Much more.

The New California Employment Laws Effective Now and Coming January 1, 2021 white paper is now available for nonmembers to download. CalChamber members can access the white paper here.

At CalChamber, we’re all about helping California businesses do business. We provide expert guidance and advocacy for California employers so businesses like yours can comply with frequently changing labor laws and thrive in a heavily regulated environment. Not a member yet? See how CalChamber can help you.

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