On October 12, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation mandating that small businesses provide a new, protected leave of absence (SB 63), and a second piece of legislation, which bans employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s salary history (AB 168). Both bills take effect on January 1, 2018.
SB 63 will require employers to provide 12 weeks of baby bonding leave to employees in addition to the myriad of other leaves of absence programs California already imposes. This bill affects small employers with as few as 20 employees and applies to those employees who:
- Worked more than 12 months;
- Worked at least 1,250 hours of service during the prior 12-month period; and
- Work at a worksite where there are at least 20 employees within a 75-mile radius.