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Many Of California’s New Laws In 2021 Deal With Employment -- Here’s What They Mean For You

CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA  - MARCH 31: Employees from the Tieks by Gavrieli shoe company makes masks to be donated to hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic on March 31, 2020 in Culver City, California. The Los Angeles-based shoemaker, after learning of a need for masks in hospitals during the battle against COVID-19, has retrained employees to make the masks from sewing machines and launched an online campaign teaching people how to make the masks for donation at home. The cotton masks are intended for use by medical workers in non-coronavirus situations with more than 30,000 masks from the online campaign #SewTogether already on the way to hospitals, according to the company. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Employees from the Tieks by Gavrieli shoe company makes masks to be donated to hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic on March 31, 2020 in Culver City, California.

While 2020 has brought a lot of uncertainty in the workplace, California's sweeping new laws will aim to shed clearer light on how employers can conduct business in a pandemic-stricken world.

While 2020 has brought a lot of uncertainty in the workplace, California's sweeping new laws will aim to shed clearer light on how employers can conduct business in a pandemic-stricken world.

Measures in direct response to COVID-19 include an expansion of workers compensation to include COVID-related illnesses and a mandate that would require employers to provide written notice of coronavirus exposure to all employees and subcontractors.

A new law unrelated to the pandemic include a measure to require employers to report and break down their pay data based on race, ethnicity and sex. We talk with an employment attorney to help us have a deeper understanding of the state's new employment legislations and what they mean for millions of Californians.

Do you have any questions about the new laws? Are you an employer or employee wondering how these new unemployment laws will affect your place of work? Join the discussion by calling (866) 893-5722.

Guest:

Angela Reddock Wright, an employment attorney, investigator and mediator. She is Managing Attorney of Los Angeles-based Reddock Law Group

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