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Some say that doing business in California is getting harder every year. There may be some evidence that this is true judging by the number of businesses that have closed shop in California and moved to places like Texas that prides itself on being business friendly. Whether it’s true or not, there are some new laws to deal with in 2018 that may add to the opinion.

There is a new law pertaining to parent leave. SB 63, known as the “New Parent Leave Act” requires businesses with 20 or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job protected leave to eligible employees. This is parental leave and is meant to be used specifically for baby bonding. While most employers are OK with this, they fear that it may be changed to require paid leave at some point by some politician looking to score points with voters who fall into this group.

AB 1008, which is an extension of the “Ban the box” initiative of 2013 prohibits employers with five or more employees from asking about criminal history information from job applicants. This is one that for obvious reasons doesn’t sit too well with employers. In addition, some employers feel it puts all the burden on them since the state will not indemnify them if they hire a criminal who then commits an act of some kind.

Under AB 68, Employers are banned from asking job applicants about prior salary, compensation or benefits. Employers will no longer be able to use prior salary information in determining whether to hire someone, or how much to pay them. This was adopted in part to as a way of narrowing the pay gap between men and women.

There are always two sides to every argument and businesses will just have to deal with these new laws if they want to remain doing business in California.

By UNIKO Media Group