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Legislation effective January 1, 2011

Following is a brief description of some of the labor laws that were enacted during 2010. Unless otherwise noted, all laws become effective on January 1, 2011.

To find legislation by topic, click the following links:

Discrimination

Public Works

Wages, Hours, and Working Conditions


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2010

AB 569 AB 2772 SB 1254 SB 1304


Discrimination

SB 1304 - Chapter 646, Statutes of 2010

Subject: Employment: Leave of Organ Donation

Author: DeSaulnier

Sections Affected: Adds Section 1508 to the Labor Code

Summary: This bill requires a private employer with 15 or more employees to grant a paid leave of absence not exceeding 30 days to an employee who is an organ donor in any one-year period for the purpose of donating his or her organ to another person.  The bill also requires an employer to grant a paid leave of absence not exceeding five days to an employee who is a bone marrow donor in any one year period, for the purpose of donating his or her bone marrow to another person.  The bill prohibits employers from discriminating against employees who exercise rights under the bill and allows an employee a private right of action in civil court to enforce its provisions.

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Public Works

There is no 2010 legislation regarding Discrimination under the jurisdiction of the DLSE.





Wages, Hours, and Working Conditions

AB 569 - Chapter 662, Statutes of 2010

Subject: Meal periods: exemptions

Author: Emmerson

Sections Affected: Amends Labor Code section 512

Summary: This bill excludes the following workers from meal period provisions contained in the Labor Code provided they are covered by a collective bargaining agreement: security services industry working as security officers, and workers in electrical and gas corporations or locally owned electric utilities.

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AB 2772 - Chapter 102, Statutes of 2010

Subject: Appeals

Author: Committee on Labor and Employment

Sections Affected: Amends Section 98.2 of the Labor Code

Summary: This bill amends Labor Code section 98.2(b) to unequivocally require that an employer wishing to appeal an administrative judgment from a "Berman" hearing must first post a bond.

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SB 1254 - Chapter 643, Statutes of 2010

Subject: Contractors: Workers Compensation Insurance Coverage

Author: Leno

Sections Affected: Adds section 7127 to the Business and Professions Code

Summary: This bill provides that if an unlicensed contractor has failed to secure workers' compensation insurance coverage as required by Section 3700 of the Labor Code, the Registrar of the Contractors' State License Board (CSLB) may, in addition to any other administrative remedy, issue and serve on that person a stop order prohibiting the use of employee labor.

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