With the passing of January 1st on the calendar comes new laws affecting public agencies. Below is a brief summary of some of the new laws effective January 1, 2017 and beyond.
- Proposition 64
In November voters approve Proposition 64 making nonmedical marijuana use legal for persons over 21 years old. While constituting a significant change in the criminal law, the proposition will have little effect on employee or student discipline.
- FEHA Regulations
Updated regulations from the Fair Employment and Housing Agency (FEHA) now requires public agencies to update and distribute harassment and discrimination polices. Public agencies should compare their policies to the new regulations to ensure compliance.
- SB 3
Responding to national discourse regarding minimum wage as a living wage, the legislature voted to incrementally increase California’s minimum wage. Beginning January 1, 2017, California’s minimum wage will be increased to $10.50.
- AB 2316
After a California Court of Appeals questioned school districts’ use of Lease-Leaseback procedures, the legislature stepped in to augment the law. With the changes, Lease-Leaseback procedures now include a competitive bidding-type procedure that gives school districts discretion in setting the criteria used in evaluating those bids.
- AB 1732
Beginning March 1, 2017, all single-user restrooms are required to be identified as “all-gender toilet facilities.”
- AB 2393
This bill provides up to 12 weeks of parental leave to school district certificated and classified employees. AB 2393 also removes the previous eligibility requirement requiring employees to work 1,250 hours in the previous 12 months.
- AB 1676
This new legislation is an attempt to address the U.S Census Bureau’s finding that women in California earn approximately 84 cents to every dollar a man earns. As such, AB 1676 prevents an employer from using past salary to justify current salary.
Our firm is looking forward to working with each of you in the coming year. Should you have any questions regarding application of any of these changes, please do not hesitate to contact us.