Employers have plenty to think about as the year wraps up, from hosting safe employee holiday parties to managing year-end payroll. However, California employers should also take some time to make sure they'll be in compliance with all the new state employment laws that will go into effect in the beginning of 2018. Here are five things to pay attention to.
Employers need to continually manage and minimize a number of potential liabilities surrounding employees, including illegal discrimination and harassment, workplace safety, disciplinary issues, theft, protection of confidential business information, and so on. One particularly important area where employers need to be informed and cautious about their rights and obligations is termination of the employment relationship.
Every industry has certain requirements of its employees. You wouldn't hire a baker to do welding, right? So, it would be reasonable for you to exclude bakers from your applicant pool if he or she had no welding experience. However, if you somehow exclude an applicant who is a welder based on his or her age, you could find yourself in trouble. In addition, if a business requirement appears to hinder older workers, but not younger ones, you could find trouble.