On October 12, Governor Brown signed into law two bills that California employers should be watching:
AB 168 – Prohibition on Requesting Salary History
Assembly Bill 168 prohibits all California employers (including state and local governments), from seeking salary history information about an applicant for employment. The bill also requires an employer to provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant upon reasonable request.
The law seeks to eliminate “wage inequality that has spanned generations of women in the workforce” by removing institutionalized gender wage discrepancies, according to its author, Assembly member Susan Eggman.
SB 63 – Expansion of Parental Leave to “Small” Employers
Senate Bill 63 expands the California Family Rights Act to permit eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid parental leave to bond with a new child to employers with 20 or more employees within 75 miles. The bill also prohibits retaliation against an employee for exercising the right to parental leave provided by the law. Previously, the law only applied to employers with 50 or more employees within 75 miles.
The passage of SB 63 is somewhat surprising, as Governor Brown vetoed similar legislation last year, and the bill was labeled a “Job Killer” by the California Chamber of Commerce.
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