The landscape of employment and labor law in California changes year after year, with members of the state’s Assembly and Senate devising bills that would either modify some of the existing laws or generate new ones. This year, a lot of assemblymen and senators had already introduced a variety of bills in time for the deadline, which happened last February.
These proposals, if successfully passed, would directly affect the state of employment and labor in California. Not only that, but these would create an impact for both employers doing business in California and, more importantly, for the employees.
Basically, the proposed bills that may change the complexion of employment and labor in California over the next few years involve issues on wages, as well as employees’ work schedules and also their online privacy. Here are some of them:
- Assembly Bill 10. Sponsored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), this proposed bill will increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.25 in 2014, $8.75 in 2015, to $9.25 in 2016. The wage hikes will be secured over the next three (3) years, since the bill, if passed, would prohibit the Industrial Welfare Commission from lowering the minimum wages within the time period when level of inflation decrease.
- Assembly Bill 25. This bill, which was sponsored by Assemblyman Nora Campos (D-San Jose), would prevent employers from asking or requesting the usernames and passwords of their employees, as well as their applicants, for them to access their social media accounts.
- Senate Bill 607. This bill, introduced by Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte), would give more flexible working schedule to non-unionized workplaces. Under the proposed bill, workplaces that may agree on establishing such working schedules may give workers the opportunity to work four 10-hour days every week, rather than perform the ordinary five-day, eight-hour workweek. The bill also requires employers to provide overtime wages to their employees who work an excess of 10 hours per day under a flexible schedule.
Top Los Angeles employment lawyers believe that these aforementioned bills, if passed, would greatly shape the landscape of California employment and labor. They also believe that these bills would greatly benefit employees.