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California Employers Must Post Certain Updated Workplace Notices by July 1, 2017

All California employers must prominently post certain notices on wages, hours and working conditions. Employers must display these announcements where all employees have access. Failing to inform employees of their rights can subject an employer to penalties.

Several California statewide and local notices must be updated by July 1, 2017:

Minimum Wage: Nine municipalities will raise their minimum wage rates effective July 1, 2017: Emeryville, City of Los Angeles, unincorporated Los Angeles County, Malibu, Pasadena, San Francisco City and County, San Jose, San Leandro, and Santa Monica. To download any applicable notice, see Nine California Municipalities are Increasing Minimum Wage on July 1, 2017 (May, 2017).

Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders. The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently published revised versions of each wage order to reflect the statewide minimum wage increases. See, Published Industry Wage Orders Now Reflect Current and Upcoming State Minimum Wage Increases (June, 2017). Employers should ensure they are posting this most recent version of their applicable wage order.

Local Leave Laws: City of Los Angeles’ paid sick leave ordinance, which went into effect last year for covered businesses with 26 or more workers, will apply to all in-city employers regardless of payroll size as of July 1, 2017. Covered employers must download and post the applicable notice from the city website. See also, Bulletproof Los Angeles’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance? (October, 2016), Businesses Employing 26-Plus Must Implement Los Angeles’ Paid Sick Leave by July 1, 2016 (July, 2016) and City of Los Angeles New Paid Sick Leave Requirements Effective, July 1, 2016 (June, 2016).

San Francisco’s paid parental leave ordinance requires that employers with 35 or more employees begin supplementing California paid family leave on July 1, 2017 and must post notice of that benefit. See Paid Parental Leave Required for San Francisco Employers (November, 2017).  

Los Angeles Ban the Box: City of Los Angeles will begin enforcing the monetary fines and penalties under its “Ban the Box” law effective July 1, 2017. Covered employers with more than 10 employees within the city boundaries must post the applicable notice. See also “Banning the Box” in Los Angeles (March, 2017).

Emeryville Fair Workweek Ordinance: Emeryville’s newly adopted Fair Workweek Ordinance sets requirements for scheduling of hours and part time hour assignments for certain retail and fast-food employers. This is so new that the required notice is not yet available. Affected businesses should check Emeryville ‘s official website at http://www.ci.emeryville.ca.us/1136/Fair-Workweek-Ordinance to download the applicable notice once published.

For further information, please contact Tim Bowles, Cindy Bamforth or Helena Kobrin.

Helena Kobrin

June 23, 2017