Several laws providing benefits and protections to immigrants will go into effect in California in January.
Next, we explain what each of these laws covers:
One of these important measures is the measure that expands the benefits of employees when they need to request sick leave.
This will not be limited to caring for relatives, but extends to people who are not direct relatives, i.e. if an employee needs time off from work to care for a sick loved one, they will not only Siblings, grandparents and adult children can make requests, but also people important to them, even if they are not related by blood.
What this law does now is that it creates a “designated person” figure that the employee can name when requesting leave, although the company may limit one designated person per year.
By 2023, all companies with more than 15 employees will be required to publish the range of salaries to be paid for each position.
“For years we have heard that women and minority workers make less money than white men for the same job, this law changes that. Companies must publish not only the salary range but also the average salary for each position ,” explained political analyst Larry Gersten.
Farmers will be able to join a union
In 2023, farm workers will be able to belong to unions and will be allowed to vote by mail instead of voting in person.
The purpose of this change is that the employer does not know which option the employee has voted for, thus avoiding possible suppression by the company for supporting the union.
New salary for fast food workers
Fast food workers will have a new body that will have the authority to set wages and labor standards only for them.
The council could raise their pay to $22 an hour, which would benefit half a million workers, however, experts warn employers are already promoting a referendum to block it from going ahead.
All community colleges in the state would be required to provide free or low-cost ESL classes to refugees or recently arrived immigrants, thus expanding the supply of educational opportunities for this community.