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Podcast: New 2020 California Laws Pose Challenges for Employers

On this podcast, Littler shareholder Bruce Sarchet takes a deep dive into the many new California employment laws effective January 1, 2020, with XpertHR Legal Editor David Weisenfeld.

Sarchet highlights AB 5, which would reclassify an estimated 2 million workers in California from independent contractors to employees. It is a development which Sarchet calls "staggering," and said, "It touches virtually every business arrangement in California." But AB 5 is far from the only notable new employment law. Others Sarchet discusses include laws:

  • Banning mandatory arbitration;
  • Banning no-rehire agreements as part of a settlement;
  • Providing new privacy protections for employees;
  • Protecting employees from hairstyle discrimination; and
  • Expanding accommodations for lactating mothers.

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Additional Resources

Independent Contractors: California

California Bans Most Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

EEO - Discrimination: California