Legislators in California passed numerous employment-related laws that will take effect in 2022. Several reasons prompted the new rules, with employer malfeasance ranking among them. For example, employers’ widespread and longstanding abuse of independent contractor status moved lawmakers to clarify statutes and implement regulations. With so many new laws covering various employment issues going into effect in 2022, both employers and employees may need to review the new rules.
Changes to the law in 2022
One aspect of the new laws attempts to prevent employers from illegally withholding wages from employees. Some employers might delay payments or try to “game” their workers. Such actions, specifically wrongful and intentional ones, may result in felony criminal charges. Previously, the law charged such actions as misdemeanors.
Various other new laws could have a sweeping effect on businesses and workers in the Golden State. Employers who violate workplace safety laws may find themselves in greater trouble than before. Other laws address family leave and matters related to non-disparagement clauses in contracts.
Understanding the rules
Some rule changes appear minor, but employers not in compliance could suffer unexpected consequences. For example, the law now changes the requirements for retaining employee personnel records. Those who don’t keep records for the stipulated duration may face legal consequences.
Since employers are not the only ones affected by the changes, employee concerns may arise. Namely, employees who feel that their employers choose to skirt laws may wish to take appropriate legal action. Doing so might be challenging when the employees do not know how the new rules affect them.
Anyone employed in California could benefit from learning about the changes. Employees who better understand the law and their rights may be better positioned to take action when wronged.