New Employment Laws to Know

California has some of the most progressive and ever-changing employment laws in the United States, and each year, it is important for employers to familiarize themselves with new laws that went into effect at the start of the year. The following are two important laws companies should know about, and to discuss a specific concern, contact our Encino employment defense attorneys directly.

CFRA Expansion and Repeal of New Parent Leave Act

As of January 1, 2021, SB 1383 went into effect, amending and expanding the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). This Act is the state version of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but with more protections for employees, and even more under the new expanded version. Some key changes include:

The legislature also repealed the New Parent Leave Act, which specifically granted leave rights to parents. However, repealing this law takes no rights away from employees now that the CFRA applies to employers with five or more employees. The Act was simply redundant and, therefore, repealed.

Protected Time Off for Crime Victims

California employment laws provide leave rights to employees who are crime victims, and the legislature also expanded this law. The law prohibits employers of 25 or more employees from discriminating or retaliating against (including firing) employees who need time off work related to hearings or their rights as crime victims, such as obtaining protective orders or meeting with the authorities.

Some changes that went into effect on January 1, 2021, include:

Contact Our Encino Employment Defense Lawyer for More Information

Employment laws are always changing, and employers need to know when they must uphold expended employee rights under the law. Employers can benefit from the help of an Encino employment attorney at Kaufman McAndrew LLP. Contact us online or call 818-788-5767 to learn more about how we help California employers.