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California Labor Law Predictions

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In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, CalChamber Policy Advocate Ashley Hoffman, and Legislative Advocate Chris Micheli of Aprea & Micheli discuss what employment law changes employers can expect to occur this year at the state level.

Paid Sick Leave

Bill proposals this legislative session are off to a slow start, but legislators have until February 19 to introduce new bills, Hoffman tells podcast listeners.

The federal and state COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave mandates expired at the end of last year, so the biggest labor law change Hoffman anticipates this year pertains to paid sick leave (PSL). She says that while some cities have expanded PSL ordinances, nothing has happened yet at the federal or state level.

President Joseph Biden has laid out a proposal that has not yet been submitted to Congress, but would mandate PSL for all employers, not just for employers with fewer than 500 employees, she explains. The proposal does away with some of the exemptions previously granted to small employers and employers of first responders. The proposal, however, includes a tax credit for all employers with fewer than 500 employees to help reimburse PSL expenses.

A PSL proposal has not yet been released in the California Legislature, which Hoffman says is likely because state lawmakers are waiting to see what happens at the federal level first.  Read More

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