Kern Business Journal February/March 2016

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KERN Journal Business

Vol. 5, No. 1



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2016 Employment Law Update By Jerry Pearson


he beginning of a new year is an important time for business owners and employers. With each new year comes new laws and changes to existing employmentrelated requirements that can affect whether or not your business is in compliance with California state law. This 2016 employment law update addresses new Jerry Pearson and amended labor laws that could dramatically impact California businesses this year, including changes to piece-rate compensation, prohibitions to gender-based pay differentials and modifications to wage garnishment restrictions. It is important to note that every employment law situation is unique and this employment law update is not a replacement for legal counsel. If you have questions on how legislative changes can impact your business, contact an employment law attorney. Unless specified, the following

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list of new legislation went into effect Jan. 1, 2016. PAID SICK LEAVE LAW IS AMENDED The amendments to the law include a clarification as to who is a covered worker; alternative accrual and payment methods; and a grandfather clause protecting employers that already provided paid sick leave prior to Jan. 1, 2015 (AB 304). MEAL PERIOD WAIVER RULES FOR HEALTH CARE EMPLOYEES CLARIFIED This law clarifies that special meal period waiver rules for employees in the health care industry remain in force, despite the uncertainty caused by a recent court of appeal opinion (SB 327). RECORDKEEPING DURATION LENGTHENED SB 358 also increases the duration of recordkeeping requirements of wages, wage rates, job classifications, and other terms and conditions of employment from two years to three years. PHOTO BY MARK NESSIA

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