Below are links to a summary of new California employment laws which will become effective on January 1, 2022, unless otherwise noted or changed. Please note that this is a preliminary overview, which means that new laws are subject to change. Guardian HR will continue to update and inform you of any modifications and will be sending a final 2022 Employment Law Update at the end of December/beginning of January.


New Employment Laws Generally Applicable to All Employers


Industry-Specific Laws



A Notable Measure That Did Not Pass: Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

Toward the end of the session, legislators expended much effort in attempting to extend California’s COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave law. At one point, a bill included both an extension of the leave, as well as liability protections for businesses. In the end, the bill did not make it out of the legislature, and the state supplemental paid sick leave program expired. Note, however, that several California local ordinances providing for COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave remain in effect.

With this new crop of laws, the Golden State seems destined to stay on the path of robust regulation of the workplace. Guardian HR will continue to keep clients advised of additional developments in California and beyond.

Author: Bruce J. Sarchet

Clients wishing for additional information on California’s employment law updates, please contact your Guardian HR dedicated Manager.

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