California companies small and large may find that new laws hitting the books Jan. 1 could smack their bottom lines and workforces by granting more time to employees and requiring more procedures from them.
Many of these new business-oriented bills that came out of the California Assembly and Senate and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom this year deliver more clout and bargaining power to employees. Examples include laws that deliver more time and resources to employees with fewer questions asked by the companies they work for.
Many represent a new version with addendums and a strengthening to existing laws. Some dictate new rules on the easing of restrictions for employee leave and complaints. Others are related to the COVID-19 crisis, with a few making it harder for organizations to do business during its consequential economic upheaval, labor law and business advocates contend.
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