New California employment laws for 2012 affect your business’ day-to-day operations and policies.

New employment laws passed in 2011 could affect your California business’ day-to-day operations and company policies in 2012. Review the summaries of these new laws provided by CalChamber and how each of these California laws could affect your business by clicking on the link below:

For example:

AB 22 prohibits employers and prospective employers, not including certain financial institutions, from obtaining and using consumer credit reports (credit information) about applicants or employees.

SB 459 provides new penalties of between $5,000 to $25,000 for the "willful misclassification" of independent contractors, defined as "avoiding employee status for an individual by voluntarily and knowingly misclassifying that individual as an independent contractor."

AB 469 requires employers to provide nonexempt employees, at the time of hire, a new notice that specifies, among other things, specific information regarding payment of wages. This legislation also increases penalties for wage violations.

AB 551 increases the maximum penalty from $50 to $200 per calendar day for each worker paid less than the determined prevailing wage and increases the minimum penalty from $10 to $40 per day for violations of prevailing wage obligations.

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