Happy New Year, New Laws 2024

Happy New Year 2024! The new year brings new employment laws, posters and employment notices for employers. So, grab your favorite winter espresso drink (better make it two shots), and spend some time reviewing the new developments.

Some of the new 2024 updates that employers should already be prepared for, include:

January 1 is not the only deadline employers needed to be worried about; several new laws go into effect later this year, including:

  • California’s new general industry workplace violence prevention standard, effective July 1, 2024.
  • Industry-specific minimum wage laws for fast food and health care workers, effective April 1, 2024, and June 1, 2024, respectively.

CalChamber’s employment law experts have updated HRCalifornia’s library, forms, checklists and tools with the new changes. Look for the flags that indicate new 2024 laws or important court rulings.

Employers can also learn about the new requirements directly from CalChamber’s compliance experts during our annual January Employment Law Updates. The two in-person events are held in:

  • Santa Clara from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m on January 11, 2024; and
  • Costa Mesa from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m on January 18, 2024.

Finally, be sure your California and Federal Labor Law posters, wage order and pamphlets are updated for 2024. Four employment notices were updated for January 1 as well as all the wage order postings and two required pamphlets.

Staff Contact: James W. Ward

James W. Ward joined the CalChamber in June 2019 as an employment law subject matter expert/legal writer and editor. In that position, he enhances the ongoing efforts of the CalChamber legal affairs team to explain for nonlawyers how statutes, regulations and court cases affect California businesses and employers. Ward holds a B.A. in humanities, magna cum laude, and an M.A. in history from California State University, Sacramento. He earned his J.D. with great distinction from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, where he was staff editor of the Pacific McGeorge Global Business and Development Law Journal, and served on the Moot Court Honors Board. See full bio.