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Employment law changes for 2019

The year is drawing to a close and with the arrival of 2019 there will also be some new labor laws taking effect in California. These changes will have a direct impact on employment law. The changes coming will impact hourly incomes and overtime pay as well as create new laws around sexual harassment.

On Jan. 1, the minimum wage for companies with 25 or fewer employees will go from $10 per hour to $11, and larger companies will go from $11 to $12 per hour. Current law mandates that agricultural employers who employ 26 or more workers pay overtime after 10 hours in a day or 60 hours in a week. On Jan. 1, that will change to 9.5 hours in a day or 55 hours in a week.

Some of the biggest changes will be around the issue of sexual harassment. While requirements for sexual harassment training for larger companies, those with more than 50 employees, have been in place for some time, the new law will now require that companies with at least five employees provide mandatory training. Nonsupervisory staff will be required to attend a one-hour session and supervisory staff will have to attend a two-hour session. Training will have to occur every two years.

Workers in California who have questions concerning the new laws should consult with a lawyer who has experience in dealing with employment law. A knowledgeable lawyer will be familiar with the different aspects of the new law and will be able to review a person's situation. If there is legal action to be taken, the attorney can advise the client on the best path to pursue.

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