January 2019

New Laws in Effect Beginning January 1, 2019

Several significant laws went into effect in California on January 1, 2019.  The laws are related to Workplace Rights, Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Environmental & Heath Laws.

Some significant Bills are:

  • SB 826 requires that all publicly held corporations, whether they are domestic or foreign, whose executive offices are in California, to have at least one female director on its board  of directors.
  • SB1412: that allows employers to ask all applicants for employment about a particular criminal conviction in certain situations.
  • AB1066: mandates that agricultural workers will receive an overtime payment.  This overtime payment creates a schedule that will phase in overtime requirements over the course of 4 years from 2019 to 2022, inclusive.  Commencing January 1, 2019, any person employed in an agricultural occupation shall not be employed more than nine and one-half hours in any one workday or work in excess of 55 hours in any one workweek, unless the employee receives one and one-half times that employee’s regular rate of pay for all hours worked over nine and one-half hours in any workday or over 55 hours in any workweek. Some exceptions apply to this rule as set forth in AB1066.
  • AB1976 requires employers to make reasonable efforts o provide a room or a place for breastfeeding other than bathrooms.

For additional information see link > https://krcrtv.com/news/local/a-breakdown-of-the-new-california-laws-going-into-effect-january-1st-2019