January 8, 2015

New Laws Affecting California Businesses

As 2015 begins, there are important laws of which a business owner in California should be aware. Each of them can affect how you conduct business and possibly your bottom line. Here are some of the most important laws enacted by the California legislature that took effect 1 January 2015:

  • Mandatory Paid Sick Leave
    • All California employers must provide paid sick leave to any employee who has worked in California for at least 30 days. One hour of paid sick leave must be provided for every 30 days worked. If you are a business with employees or you are considering hiring employees, contact us to be sure you properly follow this new law.
  • Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Laws Now Protect Interns and Volunteers
    • Unpaid interns and volunteers to those employees are now covered by the Fair Housing and Employment Act (FEHA).
  • Discrimination Against Undocumented Persons With Driver?s Licenses Prohibited
    • It is now illegal for employers in California to discriminate against an individual because he or she holds a driver?s license that was issued to an undocumented person.
  • Additional Requirements For Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
    • If you are a business that is subject to mandatory sexual harassment prevention training, you are now required to have your supervisors trained in the prevention of abusive conduct. Abusive conduct is specifically defined by this new law.

These are just some of the applicable laws that have taken effect in 2015 and will affect you. The attorneys at Beverly Hills Law Corp., PC are experienced business and corporate attorneys serving clients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and the neighboring area. We act as in-house counsel for a variety of small and medium sized Los Angeles-area businesses. Let us help your business stay in compliance and protect your bottom line. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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