We’ve written throughout the year about new employment laws that take effect in California in 2016. But as the year winds down, here’s a handy list of the most significant ones (with links to our earlier entries). Unless noted otherwise, the laws take effect on January 1, 2016.

  1. California’s Fair Pay Act (SB 358

I’ve written before about steps employers can take to prepare for California’s Fair Pay Act, which takes effect January 1, 2016. Nancy Yaffe and Sahara Pynes also prepared this Alert on the topic. Under the new law, men and women must receive equal pay for substantially similar work, even if they work in different

California’s Fair Pay Act has the potential to be a game-changer. Effective January 1, 2016, it will be illegal for an employer in California to “pay any of its employees at wage rates less than the rates paid to employees of the opposite sex for substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill,

Equal pay for equal work is a principle that is easy to understand and apply. But California’s new Fair Pay Act requires equal pay for substantially similar work. How do you know what is “substantially similar”? You look at “a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility” and whether the work is “performed under similar working

Currently, California Labor Code § 1197.5 requires that men and women working at the same location receive equal pay for equal work. But according to an all-but-enacted amendment to that statute, men and women must receive equal pay for substantially similar work, regardless of whether they work at the same location.

Controversial stuff?