As we usher in the new year, 2024 brings several significant changes to employment laws in California. At Reliance Safety Consultants (RSC), we are committed to helping businesses stay compliant with these regulations to ensure a safe and legally sound workplace. Let’s explore some of the key laws that are set to take effect this year:
1. Minimum Wage Increase:
- Starting on January 1, 2024, California’s minimum wage will rise to $16 per hour, up from the previous $15.50. Employers must adjust their payroll practices accordingly to meet this new requirement.
2. Minimum Wage for Health Care Workers:
- On June 1, 2024, SB 252, introduced by State Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, will increase the minimum wage for health care workers to $23 per hour. This applies to employees in covered health care facilities across California.
3. Sick Leave and Paid Time Off:
- Effective January 1, 2024, SB 616, introduced by State Sen. Lena Gonzalez, mandates that employees who have worked for the same employer for 30 or more days within their starting year must accrue no less than 40 hours or five days of sick leave or paid time off within each 12-month period.
4. Reproductive Leave:
- SB 848, introduced by State Sen. Susan Rubio, takes effect on January 1, 2024. It requires employers to offer reproductive leave within three months of the event and allows the use of other available leave balances. Employers may deny leave for more than one reproductive loss within 12 months.
5. Remote Work Notice:
- Starting January 1, 2024, SB 731, introduced by State Sen. Angelique Ashby, obligates employers to provide a 30-day advance written notice before requiring remote employees to return to an in-person setting. The notice must also explain the employee’s right to remain remote as an accommodation if applicable to their disabilities.
6. Cannabis Employment Protections:
- SB 700, introduced by State Sen. Steven Bradford, makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against individuals in hiring, termination, or any employment terms or conditions due to cannabis use.
7. H-2A Information for Agricultural Workers:
- AB 635 Section 2810.5, introduced by Assembly member Ash Kalra, requires employers to provide employees with written notice of the federal H-2A visa, in English or Spanish (or other requested languages). This change aims to promote transparency and worker awareness and takes effect on March 15, 2024.
At RSC, we understand that staying compliant with these evolving regulations can be challenging. That’s why we offer comprehensive safety consulting services to help businesses navigate these changes seamlessly. Our experts can assist you in developing and implementing strategies to ensure your workplace adheres to these new laws, ultimately promoting a safer and more compliant work environment.
Contact us now at 1-800-605-9460 or fill out the form below to schedule a consultation.
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