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Have you ever been to California in the summer? The beaches are beautiful, but the sun is HOT! Not only is California known for it’s warm, sunny weather, but also for the ever-evolving regulatory changes in the employee and compensation management industries.

At DecisionHR, we know how important it is to keep you informed of all the developments and trends that are occurring in sunny California.

So don’t get “burned” by the changes in California. Below are the changes that California has implemented or will implement by the end of 2016.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

More employees are eligible in California for overtime than ever before. One of the biggest changes is the standard salary level increasing across the board. These changes include the increase of salary thresholds for both blue- and white-collar overtime exemptions. Changes go into effect December 1, 2016. For additional information on these changes, please visit the US Department of Labor website or the California Department of Industrial Relations website.

California Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in CA is jumping on a tiered level over the next six years. The state income minimum wage will increase and will effect different cities throughout California, including increased wage amounts as well as dates of implementation.

New Developments in Leave and Disability Management

There are significant changes to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in California. This includes changes to paid and unpaid leave, classification of what constitutes a disability, health benefits continuation and notice requirements.

Paid Sick Leave

California has now instituted paid sick leave for all employees who work in California at least 30 or more days within a year. This is unique to California because the trend recently has been for employers to grant PTO for all employee’s needs, including sick leave.

Harassment and Discriminations Policies

There have been huge changes to these policies within California. This includes enforcement of adoption of prevention policies, creating consistent complaint processes, and allowing ease of publicizing the policy (policies) to the employee.

We pride ourselves in staying in the forefront, continuously monitoring and regulating industry changes and its possible impact on your business.

Contact your HR Business Partner for information on these changes or any questions you may have.