New Year, New Laws

While the latest legislation may not be the most exciting topic, it is always a good idea to stay informed and up-to-date. With 2018 quickly approaching, let’s take a look at some of the new laws that will go into effect with the new year.

  • Ban-the Box is probably the most talked about piece of legislation this year. Assembly Bill 1008 (AB 1008) takes effect January 1, 2018, and makes it unlawful for an employer with more than 5 employees to include anything on their employment applications pertaining to the applicant’s criminal history. No inquiries may be made during the initial interview process, either.

It is permissible, though, for employers to ask about criminal history after a conditional offer of employment has been made. In this case, employers are required to make an individual assessment that shows a direct link between the nature of the offense and specific job duties of the position sought.

  • AB 168 also goes into effect January 1, and prohibits employers from asking about salary history in any way. This bill was written in the hopes of eliminating pay inequality between men and women. It is important to note that this bill does not prohibit prospective employees from voluntarily disclosing prior salary history.
  • New Parent Leave Act or SB 63 requires employers with more than 20 employees to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected unpaid leave within one year of a child’s birth, adoption or foster care placement.
  • Although no new legislation has been passed in California regarding marijuana use, it is an often-talked about subject. In 2016 Proposition 64 legalized recreational marijuana use for adults over 21 years of age. However, it is still against federal law! The proposition also did not change any employment-related laws in California, therefore employers may still prohibit the use of marijuana by their employees.

Navigating through the ever-changing laws can be tricky. It is extremely important as an employer to maintain organization-wide compliance. However, it is just as important to ensure that your staffing partners are also complying with current employment laws due to recent co-employment initiatives. Innovative Career Resources acts as a resource to our clients and associates. Our Team regularly attends legal updates, are proactive in our compliance, and would love to assist with your hiring needs. Contact us today to see how we can help you.



Join us Sunday, Dec 17th at the
OC Harley Davidson C.H.O.C. Toy Drive and Ride.

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Check-in begins at 8:00am
Ride to CHOC departs at 9:00am

Orange County Harley-Davidson
8677 Research Drive, Irvine, CA 92618

Bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift with you the day-of or drop off at Orange County Harley-Davidson prior to the ride. CHOC’s current needs are infant and toddler toys, movies, and X-Box video games. CHOC is unable to accept used toys or stuffed animals. all bikes welcome.


More information can be found here.


December Employee Birthday List:

Dec. 19 – Elisa M.
Dec. 22 – Robert M.
Dec. 23 – Jared G.
Dec. 30 – Claudia P.