Golden State of Employment Laws in 2017

HR professionals who advise businesses based in California or operating there need to keep pace with changes. Changes include higher minimum wages and legalized recreational marijuana. Review regs with SHRM‘s piece on new 2017 laws.

Some highlights:

Minimum Wage

Starting Jan. 1, 2017, minimum hourly pay will rise from $10 to $10.50 for businesses with more than 25 employees. Employ less than 25? No state mandated wage in 2017.

But, because it’s never easy in California, some municipalities have made their own regulations: San Diego’s minimum wage will jump to $11.50 per hour, effective Jan. 1. On Oct. 1, Berkeley’s rate became $12.53 per hour and will rise to $13.75 an hour on Oct. 1, 2017. Los Angeles set a minimum hourly rate of $10.50 last July 1. It will become $12 per hour on July 1, 2017.

Marijuana Legalization

Proposition 64, which legalizes the recreational use of small amounts of marijuana, was approved in November. What does HR need to know? Review your handbooks and policies to ensure marijuana use is addressed. You can issue a “statement of reaffirmation,” reminding workers that although California has legalized marijuana possession and use, neither is permitted on the job or on company property.



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