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3 Awesome Changes Coming in 2014 to California's Employment Laws

It's a great time to live and work in and California. Three important new policy changes are going into effect in 2014 that give additional rights and benefits to employees in that state.

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Family Leave Rights

Currently, workers in California enjoy the right to take up to six weeks off from work, paid via wage replacement, to bond with a new baby or to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, domestic partner, or parent. Beginning in 2014, California is extending the the paid family leave rights to enable workers to care for siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and even in parents-in-law.

Minimum Wage

The state of California already has a minimum wage that is higher than the federal minimum wage: $8 in California instead of $7.25 nationwide.

As of July 1, 2014, the state's minimum wage goes up to $9. The state of California's minimum wage will go up again to $10 per hour as of January 1, 2016.

Sexual Harassment

The state of California is the only state (thus far) to clarify that sexual harassment is not necessarily motived by sexual desire. The new language goes into place in California law in 2014.

While some believe that defining what sexual harassment is not will simply confuse juries, others recognize that it is a good thing that the law is trying to define sexual harassment, in an attempt to protect workers from being victimized. By recognizing that sexual harassment is a malicious grab for power over another person, juries may come to accurate conclusions when deciding who is guilty and who deserves to receive reparations.

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2 Comments

  1. 2 Gabriel Martinez 14 May

    This changes are good for the low end hourly wage employees but  there is another issue that should be in a ballot. What is really needed is to revise and put to vote whether AT-WILL  employment should really be in this state. This form of employment puts hourly employees at disadvantage. It allows an employer to fire anyone for any reason. People who defend this form of employment allege that this form of employment  works for the employee too, but this is not correct.

    Many people have lost their job because their boss came to work in a bad mood or because they were wrongfully accused of something and this law did not give them the chance to defend themselves and therefore did not have a chance to go in front of a judge leaving them and their families in a critical situation. 

     

  2. 1 Andrew Ostler 18 Dec

    It is good to see the three changes that are coming to California's employment laws. These three things were not an issue before, but are being improved even more in the coming year, which is exciting news for those who live and work in California. Job seekers should look for jobs in the state and take advantage of these benefits.

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