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EMPLOYMENT LAWS IN 2022 - Settlement Agreements To Contain New Language

The “Silenced No More Act” was recently passed which provides that, as of January 1st, settlement agreements to resolve allegations of workplace harassment or discrimination may not contain any provision prohibiting the disclosure of information pertaining to alleged acts of workplace harassment or discrimination, based not only on sex, but also based on any protected classification.

Any provision that limits an employee’s ability to disclose information related to conditions in the workplace must also state: “Nothing in this agreement prevents you from discussing or disclosing information about unlawful acts in the workplace, such as harassment or discrimination or any other conduct that you have reason to believe is unlawful.”

The Act also prohibits employers from requiring employees to sign a non-disparagement agreement or any other document (such as a severance or separation agreement) that would restrict the employee’s ability to disclose or discuss information regarding conduct the employee has reason to believe is unlawful.

 

2021 Minimum Wage Law


Effective January 1, 2021, the minimum wage increases to $14 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $13 per hour for employees with 25 or fewer employees.


 

AB 749 creates new Code of Civil Procedure section 1002.5.

An agreement to settle an employment dispute shall not contain a provision prohibiting, preventing, or otherwise restricting a settling party that is an aggrieved person from obtaining future employment with the employer against which the aggrieved person has filed a claim, or any parent company, subsidiary, division, affiliate, or contractor of the employer.

 

California Supreme Court strikes down employers' rounding policy.

https://www.thestreet.com/investing/california-supreme-court-rules-against-starbucks-in-wage-case-14664299

 

Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles

No. S222732 (Cal. Sup. Ct. Apr. 30, 2018)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tonymarks/2018/05/29/the-california-supreme-court-deals-a-blow-to-independent-contractors/#5a2c1cb70a18

 

{California Labor Law News}

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