With California Governor Gavin Newsom signing a hefty amount of new bills that will affect workplace and labor laws in 2022, we thought it was important for you to be in the know about some of the more significant changes.
In addition to the various state employment laws that went into effect on January 1, 2022, the minimum wage has increased and COVID-19 regulations are ever-changing.
Our team of legal professionals here at The Kaufman Law Firm always keeps up to date with the latest in labor laws, news, and updates to offer our clients the best representation when they need it most.
We cannot dive into the details of all of the state legislation that has been passed for 2022, but here are a few major labor laws we think you should especially know about that protects your rights on the job:
Because of SB 3, the minimum wage in California was increased at the beginning of 2022 across all industries to $15 an hour for those businesses with 26 or more employees and to $14 an hour for those with 25 or fewer workers. The annual salary for exempt employees in the state has a minimum of $62,400 and $58,240, respectively.
This is a result of the law signed by the state’s former governor in 2016, which required incremental raises in the minimum wage at the beginning of each year until 2023.
In addition to the minimum wage update, “learners,” or those employees working in a job without any previous similar or related experience in their occupation, may be paid at 85 percent of the minimum wage during the first 160 hours of their employment.
COVID-19-related regulations and obligations required by employers are continually updated by the federal government, so it is necessary to frequently check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and on the California state level for the most current mandates.
If you think that your employer is in breach of any of these new labor laws for 2022, schedule a consultation with us to discuss how to protect your rights. The Kaufman Law Firm has successfully represented employees for more than 25 years.
Your job is more than just a source of income. It is a major part of your lifestyle. If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, wrongful demotion or any kind of discriminatory business practices, it is time to take action and contact a Ventura employment law attorney that can help. Attorney Matthew A. Kaufman and the team at The Kaufman Law Firm bring experience and a vast arsenal of legal resources to help clients recover the money they deserve.
To learn more, contact our Westlake Village or Los Angeles law office today and schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.