New Employment Legislation for 2018

Several new laws become effective in 2018 that impact California employers. A brief overview is below:

  • “Ban-the-Box”¬†– This law applies to California employers with five (5) or more employees and prohibits covered employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal conviction history on an employment application or at any time before making a conditional offer of employment.
  • No Consideration of Salary History¬†– Prohibits California employers from directly or indirectly asking applicants about wage/salary history.
  • New Parent Leave – Expands parental leave obligations to employers with 20 to 49 employees (employers with 50 or more employees are already subject to this parent leave obligation).
  • Immigration Worker Protection Act – Generally prohibits California employers from allowing immigration enforcement agents into non-public areas without a warrant.
  • Revised Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training for Supervisors – Provides that California employers required to to provide harassment prevention training to their supervisors must also include training on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation harassment.

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