Ca. Litig. Rev. 2020

Employment Law: Statutory and Regulatory Changes

By Kathleen A. Brewer

From the COVID-19 pandemic to the plague of wage disparity, the California Legislature addressed many critical employment issues in 2020.1 Curbing the spread of COVID-19 in California’s workplaces was chief among lawmakers’ concerns. This article summarizes the results of a massive legislative and regulatory effort to inhibit the spread of coronavirus in places of employment. In addition to pandemic-related legislation, lawmakers passed bills that expanded the California Family Rights Act to cover small employers, imposed meticulous pay data reporting requirements on large employers, and revised AB 5’s independent contractor analysis. This article recaps those and other legislative changes.

Covid-related Changes

Unless otherwise noted, the provisions discussed below became operative on January 1, 2021.

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