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 Californiaâs workplaces was chief among lawmakersâ 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 5âs independent contractor analysis. This article recaps those and other legislative changes.
Unless otherwise noted, the provisions discussed below became operative on January 1, 2021.