Minimum wage increases to $9 and other new laws for California July 1, 2014

A host of new laws go into effect today.

1.       Minimum wage goes up to $9 in California. In 2016, the wage will go up to $10 an hour:

Employers must post the applicable California Department of Industrial Relations Wage Orders, including new MW-2014, which has been updated to reflect the new minimum wage. There are 17 industry or occupation-specific Wage Orders, copies of which are available from the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, as well as from employer trade associations.

A less-advertised consequence of this increase is the impact it will have on the salary test for preserving an employee's exempt status. Under California law, a supervisor classified as exempt must be paid a monthly salary that is no less than two times the wages paid to a full-time minimum wage employee. After July 1, 2014, the minimum monthly salary to preserve exempt status under California Labor Code section 515, will rise to $3,120 per month, annualized to $37,440. In addition, the penalties available for minimum wage violations will now include “liquidated damages.”

2.       State and local governments can no longer ask job applicants about past criminal convictions (with exceptions):


3.       All battery-operated smoke alarms in rental units must contain a non-replaceable, non-removable 10-year battery:

4.       Property sellers must disclose lawsuits and claims on property:

5.       Prime contractors required to disclose the CSLB license numbers of subcontractors on public works projects:

6.       Paid family leave expanded to include grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and parents-in-law:

7.       Transgender Californians can now easily change their names and identity:

8.       Energy savings measures:

9.   AB161: Domestic Violence restraining orders can now prevent one party from changing insurance coverage.

10.   AB176: Gives Domestic Violence victims greater protection by allowing police to follow the toughest protective order when there are multiple or conflicting orders.

11.   AB93, SB90: 4.2% Sales and Use tax exemptions for manufacturers, researchers and developers.

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