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New employment laws come into effect in 2015

Keeping up with the changes in state legislation can be difficult and this is no different in California. As such, you may not always be as informed about your rights as you might hope. For example, according to the California Chamber of Commerce, 2015 will see over 30 employment laws come into effect in 2015. Furthermore, some of these may have a significant impact on your employee rights.

Among the new legislation is a law governing paid sick leave. It would mean that any employee who works for at least 30 days in California within their first year of being hired would become entitled to paid sick leave. For each 30 hours of time spent working, a minimum of one hour of leave is to be permitted.

Another piece of legislation is to make employers liable for violations of wage-and-hour laws, even if the employee was hired through a contractor or staffing agency. While this offers greater protection to the workers, it could also pose a problem to lesser-known agencies who may not be able to convince employers to trust them.

A further law aims to make it illegal to deny a person a job on the basis of their driver's license being issued to undocumented persons. However, this only applies if that person can prove his or her identity and residency in California. It may also be necessary to provide proof that you have authorization permitting you to work in the United States.

It is a lot to take in, so if you are at all uncertain about your rights as an employee, you could benefit from the advice of an attorney. He or she will be able to explain the laws that might affect you, while also being able to advise you on what steps to take next.

Source: SFGate, "State adds more than 30 employment laws, including sick leave," Kathleen Pender, Jan. 12, 2015

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