AB 2337 – employers with 25 or more employees must provide written notice to employees of their rights to take protected time off for domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. This is an expansion of existing law, now requiring that notice be provided. Conformity with the law is required once the Labor Commissioner develops the proper notice.
New Workers Compensation rules – which will be issued as a package from the Division of Workers Compensation over the course of 2017. Also, the WCIRB (Workers Compensation Rating Bureau) has recommended a 4.3% drop in 2017 premiums as part of pure premium.
SB 1167 – OSHA must provide, by January 1, 2019, a heat illness and injury prevention standard applicable to workers working in indoor places of employment.
SB 1234 – establishes the Secure Choice Retirement program for all covered private sector employees. Mandates the creation of savings accounts for covered workers whose employers do not offer a retirement savings option to be automatically enrolled. The program will be phased in over a 36 month period and overseen by a new Secure Choice Retiremetn Savings Investment Board:
- Groups of 100 or more employees – must implement within first 12 months
- Groups of 50–99 employees – must implement within 24 months
- Groups of 5 to 49 employees – must implement within 36 months
Employees do have the right to opt out of the program. The Board to set the initial employee contribution between 2 and 5% of their gross wages and employers always retain the right to provide their own employer sponsored retirement plans in lieu of the new program.