California Employment and Labor Law Updates 2022


December

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


November

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


October

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


September

Occupational Safety and Health: Postings

Bill

Assembly Bill 2068 (2021)

Summary

Requires an employer to post an employee notification containing specified information when certain citations or orders are issued. Requires this notification, in addition to English, to be made available in specified languages. Makes a violation of these provisions enforceable by a civil penalty, as specified.

Enacted

09/23/2022

Effective Date

To be determined

Topics

Employer_Obligations: Language, Posting_requirement; Workplace_Behavior: Health, Safety


Local Public Employee Organizations

Bill

Assembly Bill 2556 (2021)

Summary

Authorizes a recognized employee organization to charge an employee covered by the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act for the reasonable cost of representation when the employee holds a conscientious objection, as specified, or declines membership in the organization and requests individual representation in a discipline, grievance, arbitration, or administrative hearing from the organization.

Enacted

09/18/2022

Effective Date

01/01/2023

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


Discrimination in Employment: Use of Cannabis

Bill

Assembly Bill 2188 (2021)

Summary

Makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment, or otherwise penalize a person, if the discrimination is based upon the person’ s use of cannabis off the job and away from the workplace, except for preemployment drug screening, as specified, or upon an employer-required drug screening test that has found the person to have nonpsychoactive cannabis metabolites in their hair, blood, urine, or other bodily fluids.

Enacted

09/18/2022

Effective Date

01/01/2023

Topics

Prohibited_Practices: Cannabis, Discrimination, Marijuana


Military Service: Leave of Absence: Pay and Benefits

Bill

Senate Bill 984 (2021)

Summary

Relates to law that authorizes National Guard employee members to elect to use vacation time or accumulated compensatory time off to attend scheduled reserve drill periods or perform other inactive duty reserve obligations. Recasts those provisions to instead require that employee members of reserve military units and the National Guard required to perform inactive duty obligations, other than inactive and active duty training drill periods, as specified, be granted military leave of absence without pay.

Enacted

09/17/2022

Effective Date

01/01/2023

Topics

Leave_laws: Military


Civil Service: The Upward Mobility Act of 2022

Bill

Assembly Bill 1604 (2021)

Summary

Requires the State Personnel Board to post notices of proposed changes to regulations for public comment. Requires the Department of Human Resources and the board to enter into a memorandum of understanding to determine areas of compliance for nonmerit-related audits and to train board staff on the areas of compliance. Requires the Department of Human Resources to establish best practices for each aspect of the design, announcement, and administration of the examinations.

Enacted

09/13/2022

Effective Date

01/01/2023

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


Proprietary and Private Security Services

Bill

Assembly Bill 2515 (2021)

Summary

Requires an application for registration as a proprietary private security employer to include a designated responsible person. Requires a proprietary private security employer to make the records they are required to maintain available to the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services upon demand, and requires a proprietary private security officer to show their proprietary private security officer registration card to any peace officer or bureau representative upon demand.

Enacted

09/13/2022

Effective Date

01/01/2023

Topics

Employer_Obligations: Certification, Reporting_required, Training; Industry: Security_services


Labor and Workforce Development Agency: Extreme Heat

Bill

Assembly Bill 1643 (2021)

Summary

Requires the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, on or before the specified date, to establish an advisory committee to study and evaluate the effects of extreme heat on California’s workers, businesses, and the economy. Requires the committee to meet no less than quarterly, to consider how to define extreme heat in this context, and to make recommendations on how to improve the state’ s identification, tracking, and responses to these effects.

Enacted

09/09/2022

Effective Date

01/01/2023

Topics

Workplace_Behavior: Health, Heat, Safety


Food Facilities and Employment

Bill

Assembly Bill 257 (2021)

Summary

Enacts the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act. Requires the Fast Food Council to promulgate minimum fast food restaurant employment standards, including standards on wages, working conditions, and training, and to issue, amend, and repeal any other rules and regulations, as necessary to carry out its duties, subject to a petition signed by 10,000 fast food restaurant employees approving the creation of the council, as specified.

Enacted

09/05/2022

Effective Date

01/01/2023

Topics

Industry: Fast_food; Prohibited_Practices: Refuse_conditions, Retaliation, Whistleblower; Workplace_Behavior: Health, Safety


State Employment: State Bargaining Units: Agreements

Bill

Assembly Bill 151 (2021)

Summary

Approves provisions of agreements entered into by the state employer and State Bargaining Units 2, 8, 9, 10, 18, and 19. Provides that the provisions of the agreements that require the expenditure of funds will not take effect unless funds for these provisions are specifically appropriated by the Legislature. Authorizes the state employer or State Bargaining Units 2, 8, 9, 10, 18, or 19 to reopen negotiations if funds for these provisions are not specifically appropriated by the Legislature.

Enacted

09/06/2022

Effective Date

09/06/2022

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


August

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


July

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


June

Employment

Bill

Senate Bill 191 (2021)

Summary

Requires that an exclusive representative be entitled to schedule an inperson meeting at the worksite during employment hours, if a public employer has not conducted an inperson new employee orientation within 30 days, as specified. Requires that newly hired employees be relieved of other duties in order to attend the meeting, during which an exclusive representative would be authorized to communicate with newly hired employees in the applicable bargaining unit for up to 30 minutes on paid time.

Enacted

03/30/2022

Effective Date

06/30/2022

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


May

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


April

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


March

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


February

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


January

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.

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