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New employment laws taking effect in California in 2023

Workers in California benefit from some of the toughest legal protections in the United States. But that isn’t to say that there is no room for improvement. The law evolves over time – sometimes far too slowly – as the American workforce and their workspaces change. Thankfully, most recent legal adjustments have tended to favor California workers. 

A number of alterations to the state’s employment laws will begin taking effect in 2023. It is important to remain aware of these changes, as staying up to date will help to empower you to recognize what your rights are and when to exercise them. 

What’s new that employees to know

The first legal change of the year will help applicants and current employees alike spot wage discrimination patterns. Employers with more than 14 workers on their payroll must publish pay scales when posting open job positions. Current employees are also now empowered to request a pay scale for their current position and for any position within the organization to which they have applied.

Next, the Contraceptive Equity Act now permits both applicants and employees to refuse to disclose information related to their reproductive health choices. Employers are also now prohibited from retaliating against applicants and workers for their reproductive health choices.

Additionally, leave protections detailed in the California Family Rights Act have been expanded and eligible workers are now entitled to unpaid bereavement leave without fear of retaliation or adverse action. 

Thinking ahead

It can be difficult to stay informed about all of the things that change as the state’s employment laws evolve. Consider getting in the habit of Googling the subject once every few weeks to see what’s new. By checking in and asking professionals questions if you’re ever in need of help, you can benefit from the strong protections that California employment law affords workers of all kinds. 


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