Critical New Laws Affecting Employers


By Jennifer Jacobus, PHRca, SDEA CEO

The 2023 California Legislative session ended mid-October, resulting in numerous significant new employment laws. These new laws include, in part, increased paid sick leave, reproductive loss leave, expanded rules against non-compete agreements, a new requirement to create workplace violence protection plans, and more.

We are also seeing a trend of increased minimum wage that is specific to job or industry.  How does this affect salary requirements for exempt employees?  What if the city minimum wage is more or less? 

We saw in last week’s newsletter that drug testing will be more challenging for employers. 

Lastly, there are several bills that have rolled over into the new legislative calendar, still pending.  One in particular includes a bill to restructure the recently enacted “Fair Chance Act” concerning the use of an applicant’s criminal history and allow private employers to grant a hiring preference to veterans.

Needless to say, there are more laws that we have seen in the past couple of years that will have an impact on how employers do business.

Join us Wednesday January 24th 2024 at SDEA’s Annual Employment Law Update for information and answers to the above and much more.  It’s a great opportunity for direct access to some of San Diego’s best employment law attorneys. 

Contact us: 858.505.0024