Acclaim Attorney, Zein Obagi Jr., Notes Five Major Changes to California Employment Law in 2021
Zein Obagi Jr.
LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, February 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – There have been unprecedented changes to California labor law over the past year, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic continued to rage as the calendar turned to 2021 and revisions to California labor law continued.
The following are five major changes that specifically affect California labor law and its potential business impact. Take the time to familiarize yourself with these layers, whether you are an employer or an employee. The increase in the state minimum wage, new reporting requirements for vacation and pay, and new rights for crime victims are some of the most important changes and additions.
1. Changes to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
SB 1383 extended California’s Family Rights Act (CFRA) to employers with five or more employees. The new law also expanded the Qualified Reasons Eligible Workers can take leave under CFRA and removed some usage restrictions, such as: For example, the requirement that employees work within 75 miles of work.
2. Employees can now use sick days to care for relatives or for personal sick leave
AB 2017 amends California Labor Code, Section 233, to allow employees to designate sick days to care for loved ones, care for their own illness or health condition, or get relief if the employee is a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, or Has become stalking. The new workplace legislation allows employers to change their sick leave policies to ensure that their employees are informed of their right to determine sick days at the employee’s sole discretion.
3. Employees have more time to file DLSE complaints
AB 1947 extends the statute of limitations to filing complaints with the Labor Standards Enforcement Department (DLSE) if employees believe they have been discriminated against or wrongly dismissed. The law set forth in Section 98.7 of the California Labor Code extends the deadline for employees to file DLSE complaints from six months to one year.
4. Extended right to vacation for victims of crime
AB 2992 amends California Labor Code, Section 230, to expand a worker’s right to vacation if they are the victim of a crime. The amended law prohibits employers from discriminating against, revenging or firing workers who take time off to seek help if they are victims of crime or violence that has sustained physical and / or mental harm.
The previous version of the law included victims of:
The new amendment extends the right to abandon victims of crimes “that have caused physical or mental injury and the risk of physical harm”. The new law also protects a worker’s right to vacation if his immediate family member has been killed “as a direct result of a crime”.
5. Increased state minimum wage
The state minimum wage increase is one of the most anticipated labor laws in 2021. Employers with 26 or more employees are expected to pay their workforce at least $ 14 an hour from January 1, 2021. Meanwhile, employers with 25 or fewer jobs are not allowed to pay less than $ 13 an hour.
Contact a skilled Los Angeles labor lawyer to find out about any changes to California labor law. Make an appointment with our Obagi Law Group, PC attorneys to find out how the new laws affect your particular situation as an employer or employee in California. Call 424-284-2401 for advice.
Zein E. Obagi Jr.
Zein E. Obagi Jr. has more than a decade of licensed Californian experience and is recognized as a trailblazing attorney. He fights for employees who have fallen victim to hostile employers and for those who have lost assets to dishonest business partners. With his combination of experience, passion and willingness to use the full force of the law for his clients, Zein has built a company that gives each of its clients their credo. After working for a variety of Los Angeles firms, including one of the largest and most prestigious in the city, Zein founded what is now Obagi Law Group, PC, in 2012. Over the past few years, Zein has built a team of diverse, energetic and highly skilled attorneys who specialize in eliminating the wrongdoing of discrimination, unlawful retaliation, wrongful termination and other abuses in the workplace and promoting the interests of clients in the business community in Protect California. With Zein at the forefront, Obagi Law Group’s attorneys treat each client as if they were the firm’s only client. They keep delivering and occasionally receive awards in the millions.
While Zein creates social justice and fights for the small trademarks of his practice, he also lives by the same values that he has woven into the structure of the Obagi Law Group. For example, Zein grew up with six sisters and is married to a successful doctor. He understands that men and women are equal in every way. He promotes this belief not only in his practice but also through his work with the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA). In July 2020, the organization appointed Zein to the President’s Advisory Committee on Women in the Bar. Zein’s other charitable endeavors include three trips to the Katrina-ravaged Gulf region to provide critical legal assistance on the first and two subsequent Legal Breaks Alternative Breaks projects. Volunteer at the Los Angeles 5 (LA5) chapter of Rotary Club International and run two runs as a candidate for Congress in the 33rd district of California.
A graduate of UC Berkeley (BA, Political Science) and the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law (JD), Zein is licensed to practice law across the state of California. the US District Court for the central, southern, eastern, and northern counties of California; the ninth appellate courts; and the United States Supreme Court. Zein also serves as the co-chair of programs with the LACBA Small Business Department and was appointed to another LACBA committee, the Judicial Appointments Committee, in 2020, which responds to requests from the governor to evaluate individuals who are eligible for appointment to colonel Court of Justice to be considered by California Bank.
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