Every February, I like to provide our clients and referral partners with an update on some of the new employment laws that may be relevant to our clients. One such law that should be on everyone’s mind this year, is the new California sexual harassment training law, which requires specific training for all companies with five or more employees. Our office created this helpful chart to simplify this change:
Starting this year in 2019, and before January 1, 2020, all applicable employers must provide these specific trainings this year and then every other year. Applicable employers will also need to have training in place for new employees.
Note, also those part-time and temporary employees, plus independent contractors, are included as employees for purposes of this five+ requirement.
To assist employers to meet their prevention goals, the Law Office of Maija West is offering interactive training, at the company’s principal offices. Our training provides specific examples to help define those grey areas that employees and supervisors often struggle with.
In addition to this important change, other employment laws have taken effect in 2018 and 2019.
- California Supreme Court’s Decision on Independent Contractors
- EDD Reporting Requirements for Independent Contractors
- Parental Leave for Small Employers [20 or more employees]
- Hiring Practices and Enforcement [criminal history questions + prior salary inquiries, among others]
- Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Protections [mandated trainings, gender-neutral language and new non-binary designation, among others]
- Wage and Hour [continued minimum wage increases]
- Workplace Safety and Workers’ Compensation
Please contact our office if you would like to know more.