As 2021 draws to a close, here is a review of our articles about changes to California employment law that will continue to affect employers into 2022.

Legislative Changes

Statewide Right of Recall Bill Signed by Governor Newsom

New Legislation Signed Regarding Wage Theft

Expansion for CFRA Leave to Include Parents-in-Law and Modifications to DFEH Mediation Program

Changes to Wage Law for the Garment Manufacturing Industry

California Expands Cal/OSHA’s Citation Authority

California Expands PPE Stockpile and Employee Training Requirements to Address Wildfire Smoke

California Extends AB 5 Exemption for Newspaper Distributors and Carriers

California Eliminates Subminimum Wage Certificate Program

Limited Exemption to PAGA for Some Janitorial Employees

New Bill Allows Required Notices and Postings to be Emailed to Employees

New Legislation Makes Procedural Changes to DFEH Enforcement and Expands Employer Record Retention Requirements

California Passes Legislation Regarding Job Performance Quotas for Large Warehouse Facilities

California Fair Pay to Play Act To Become Effective September 1, 2021

California Passes Legislation Requiring Continued Health Benefits for Striking Public Employees

California Expands Privacy and Security Requirements for Genetic Data

California Further Limits NDAs and Settlement Agreement Terms in Employment Cases

New Legislation Prevents Food Delivery Platforms From Retaining Amounts Designated as Tips or Gratuity

California’s COVID-19 Employer Reporting Requirements Revised

California Legislation Signed to Extend Exemptions from AB 5 for Certain Industries

Case Law Changes

California Supreme Court Answers the Ninth Circuit: Dynamex Applies Retroactively

California Supreme Court Holds Statute of Limitations on Failure to Promote Claims Runs When Employee Knows or Reasonably Should Know They Were Denied Promotion

California’s Supreme Court Sets Meal and Rest Period Premium Pay At An Employee’s Regular Rate Of Pay, Not The Base Hourly Rate Alone

California’s High Court Rejects an Unwieldly Prevailing Wage Coverage Standard

Administrative Changes

Cal/OSHA’s ETS is Amended and Extended to April 2022

Jackson Lewis will continue to track changes that affect California employers in 2022. If you have questions about California workplace law compliance contact a Jackson Lewis attorney to discuss.