New California Employment Laws for 2014

Several new laws for 2014 have passed in California that will affect employers and employees. Over 900 bills were passed by the California legislature in 2013 and many of these will affect the Golden State’s employers and their workers.

A new minimum wage law was passed to increase wages for the first time in eight years. The minimum wage will increase from $8 to $9 per hour and eighteen months later it will increase to $10 per hour. The $9 increase goes into effect July 1, 2014 and the $10 increase begins January 1, 2016. In addition, a bill was passed that provides for liquidated damages against employers that pay employees less than required minimum wage, in addition to other penalties.

A law was also passed to provide those who work household occupations with qualifications for overtime wages. According to the new law, those who work in these household occupations are eligible for overtime of 1.5 times their regular rate for all hours worked over 9 hours per day, or 45 hours a week. However, the law does not include “casual babysitters” with irregular work schedules or those under 18, as well as residential care facility workers. This new overtime law will go into effect on January 1, 2014.

Effective on July 1, 2014, a law was passed that will expand the rights for paid family leave. The new law expands the rights for family leave to include paid time off to care for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, sibling and parent-in-laws.

California employment law is changing and expanding all the time. When you are having an issue with an employer, whether it concerns overtime wages, sexual harassment, pregnancy leave or other issues with workplace rights, an experienced labor law attorney can help determine if you have a case.

The attorneys at Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob understand California employment law and are up to date on new rulings. Contact our Los Angeles employment lawyers at (310) 273-3180 if you are having a problem with your employer.

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