The Top 5 California HR News Articles of 2016


The legal landscape in California changes from year to year, and 2016 was no exception. Here are the articles from the California Resources section of SHRM Online that most interested readers.

California, New York Enact $15 Minimum Wage

California enacted legislation that will gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

California Governor Vetoes Expanded Parental Leave Bill

The California Legislature revived a bill that would have made baby-bonding leave available to many more employees in the state. The act would have required employers with 20 or more employees within a 75-mile radius of the workplace to provide six weeks of parental leave to eligible employees. However, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill on Sept. 30.

California Offers Guidance on Educating Employees About Workplace Bullying

A set of regulations that took effect on April 1 provided HR professionals with needed guidance about mandatory manager training on how to identify workplace bullying behaviors.

New Anti-Discrimination Rules in California

Effective April 1, the state revised its Fair Employment and Housing Act regulations, which forbid discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on race, gender and many other protected categories.

10 Scary Laws That Affect California Employers

California workplaces exist in "a different world," and an employment practice that works in the other 49 states may not be appropriate there, according to James J. McDonald Jr., an attorney speaking at a June 22 concurrent session at the Society for Human Resource Management 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition.

 [SHRM members-only HR Q&A: What are the California rules regarding workplace harassment, and how do they differ from federal law?]


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