California Enacts New Laws Affecting Employers in 2021
Article By: Spencer Hamer & Ashley Song
Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed a number of bills that will affect California employers in 2021. Most significantly, the new laws greatly expand the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), create stringent workplace reporting requirements related to COVID-19, and clarify California’s year-old independent contractor law, Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5).
SUPPLEMENTAL COVID-19 PAID SICK LEAVE
Assembly Bill (AB) 1867 expanded supplemental paid sick leave for COVID-19-related reasons for certain employers not already covered by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
COVID-19 RECORDING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
Taking effect 1 January 2021, AB 685 establishes stringent COVID-19 recording and reporting requirements when employers receive notice of a potential COVID-19 exposure at the workplace.
REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION OF CONTRACTING COVID-19 AT WORKPLACE
Senate Bill (SB) 1159 creates a rebuttable presumption that an employee contracted COVID-19 at work if the employee tests positive within 14 days after reporting to his or her place of employment during an “outbreak” at the workplace2 in relation to workers’ compensation benefits.
SUCCESSOR LIABILITY FOR UNPAID WAGES
Beginning 1 January 2022, or upon certification by the California Secretary of State (whichever is earlier), AB 3075 expands the information corporations must include in their statement of information filed with the state.
Get information on these, and many more laws affecting employers from the National Law Review HERE