California Publishes Revised Labor Law Notices; Updated EEOC Workplace Discrimination Poster

State Update Overview

Date Updated January 2023
Labor Law Update The State of California Rights of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Employees, Rights and Obligations of Pregnant Employees, Family Care & Medical Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave, Workplace Discrimination & Harassment, and Minimum Wage Laws; federal EEO workplace discrimination laws
What Changed New department, clarification of existing laws, new poster layouts, additional protections from discrimination and harassment, and increased minimum wage; revised poster
Mandatory or Non-Mandatory Mandatory
Updated Poster California Labor Law Poster

In January 2023, the State of California Civil Rights Department announced revisions to several labor law posters: Rights of Employees Who are Transgender or Gender Nonconforming, Rights and Obligations as a Pregnant Employee, Family Care & Medical Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave, and Workplace Discrimination and Harassment.

California Transgender or Gender Nonconforming Workplace Discrimination Labor Law Update

  • Clarification about the rights and protections of employees who are transgender and gender nonconforming
  • Department and layout change

California Rights and Obligations of Pregnant Employees Labor Law Update

  • Clarification about the rights and obligations of pregnant employees
  • Layout change

Family Care & Medical Leave and Pregnancy Leave Law Update

  • Complete re-wording to provide more clarification about job-protected leave and accommodation laws
  • Layout change

California Workplace Discrimination & Harassment Labor Law Update

  • Additional protected characteristic of development disability
  • Re-wording to provide clarification about various aspects of discrimination and harassment laws
  • New protections for individuals filing an internal complaint or a complaint with the Civil Rights Department
  • Additional protections and hiring procedures for people with criminal histories who are looking for employment
  • New department name, website, and layout

In January 2023, the California Department of Industrial Relations published a revised Minimum Wage notice announcing the increase in the state minimum wage effective January 1, 2023.

California Minimum Wage Law Update

  • Minimum wage increased to $15.50 per hour effective January 1, 2023
  • Updated Meal and Lodging Credits Table

Wage and Hour Exemptions

Employees may be exempt from wage and hour laws based on criteria associated with their salary, actual duties, and skills. Exempt employees neither receive overtime pay nor qualify for minimum wage. California labor law defines these exemptions based on Executive, Administrative, or Professional status as well as other affected employee groups. Learn more here.

In October 2022, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a revised Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal poster.

Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Workplace Discrimination Law Update

  • Revised poster includes additional information regarding who is protected, covered organizations, types of illegal employment discrimination, and types of employment practices that can be challenged as discriminatory.
  • Clarified process to file a discrimination complaint through the EEOC including updated websites and new phone number
  • Added QR code
  • Newly added information for the federal Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program and coverage of employees of a company with a federal contract or subcontract
  • Clarified process to report a contractor who has violated its nondiscrimination or affirmative action obligations under OFCCP’s authorities
  • Added access information for telecommunications relay services

California Labor Law Poster Update

All businesses within the State of California must display the new Rights of Employees Who are Transgender or Gender Nonconforming, Rights and Obligations as a Pregnant Employee, Family Care & Medical Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave, Workplace Discrimination and Harassment, Minimum Wage, and EEOC Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal notices along with other state-mandated posting requirements where they are sufficiently accessible and viewable to all employees. This change has been reflected in our California & Federal Labor Law Poster and does require an immediate mandatory update. Failure to meet compliance requirements and display the updated poster could result in fines.

Order the California Labor Law Poster to immediately include this required update.

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