The California Legislature’s efforts to expand the reach and scope of California employment statutes continue unabated. In most instances, its efforts were endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown. In September and October 2015, the governor signed more than a dozen of these bills into law. Most notable is the California Fair Pay Act, which amends the Labor Code to require equal pay for employees performing “substantially similar” work regardless of gender, strengthens anti-retaliation protections for employees seeking wage information, and extends employers’ recordkeeping obligations. The California Fair Pay Act goes into effect at the beginning of 2016.
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