Is It Time To Update Your Personnel Policies?

California's labor and employment laws are changing every year. It is essential for public agencies to continuously review and update their personnel handbooks to make sure that they are legally compliant. The timeline below provides a detailed summary of changes that became effective over the past several years.

When did your agency last update its' Personnel Policies? Chose the year below and see which policies you may be missing.

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000

2015


Notable Events:

  • Hoverboards are released;
  • The blue/gold dress debate goes viral;
  • Paris Climate Change Conference takes place;
  • NASA showcases the first photos of Pluto.

2015

2015

Policies that became required in 2015:

  • Paid sick leave requirements for part-time and other employees. (106.4)
  • Expansion of protected activity under FEHA to making a request for accommodation for a disability or for religious beliefs. (204.2.2)
  • Changes to California’s Whistleblower Protection law. (208.1)
  • Changes to the Kin Care law regarding issues related to domestic violence, and expanding definition of “family members.” (804.1)
  • Inclusion of additional reasons for School or Licensed Day Care Activity Leave. (810.7.1)
  • Extension of coverage of anti-discrimination laws to volunteers and unpaid interns. (204.1.1)
  • Extension of AB 1825 harassment training to include prevention of abusive conduct. (204.2.5)
  • Requirement to allow employee to bring a representative to an interactive process meeting. (206.4.2.1)
  • AB 304 “clean up” amendments to the California’s Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act of 2014. (804.1)
  • DLSE’s opinion letter advice on the minimum standard of providing paid sick leave for all employees. (804.2)
  • Discussion of July 1, 2015 as a start date for calculating paid sick leave. (804.2)
  • Amendments to CFRA regulations regarding:
    • definition of “spouse” (806.2)
    • leave rights for members of Armed Forces and veterans (806.2)
    • ability of employers to seek second medical opinion (806.10)

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2014


Notable Events:

  • Germany wins the 2014 FIFA World Cup ™;
  • The Ice Bucket challenge raises awareness of ALS;
  • Apple announces the release of Apple Watch;
  • Philae successfully lands on the 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet.
2014

2014

Policies that became required in 2014:

  • Changes to requirements for requesting conviction history during employment application process pursuant to “Ban the Box” legislation. (402.2)
  • Changes pursuant to California’s 2014 Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (SB 1522):
    • New types of protected leaves (602.8)
    • Expansion of permissible purpose of sick leave (602.8)
    • New requirements for employers to provide paid sick leave (804.1)
    • Changes to employers’ ability to cap sick leave accruals (804.2)
    • Changes to the 90-day waiting time (804.2)
    • New process of calculating paid sick leave for FLSA overtime-eligible employees (804.2)
    • Updates to tracking of protected sick leave (804.2)
    • Requirements on providing written notice each pay day of available leave ((804.2)
    • Requirements on reinstating sick leave (804.2)
    • Changes to definition of “marriage” (804.2)
    • New leaves for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking (810.4)
  • Prohibition on employers asking/accessing employees’ personal social media accounts. (1210.4)
  • Discussion of employees’ use of work email for concerted activities during non-work time. (1210.6)

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2013


Notable Events:

  • David Beckham retires;
  • Candy Crush Saga becomes one of the world's most popular games;
  • The Bat Kid brings order to the streets of San Francisco;
  • Vine - a popular video sharing application - launches.
2013

2013

Policies that became required in 2013:

  • Amendments to FMLA that broaden the rights of members of the Armed forces, and allow veterans to take leave. (806.2)
  • Amendments to the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act that allow for paid release time for employees when acting as union representative at PERB proceedings. (810.3.2)

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2012


Notable Events:

  • Felix Baumgartner successfully completes his stratosphere jump;
  • London hosts the 2012 Summer Olympic Games;
  • Shuttle Endeavor navigates streets of Los Angeles to its new home;
  • The Artist wins the Academy Award for the "Best Motion Picture."
2012

2012

Policies that became required in 2012:

Amendments to Labor Code sections 1198.5 that:

  • Allow former employees to access their personnel file
  • Provides restrictions on inspection and copying of personnel file
  • Allows representatives to inspect and receive copies of personnel file
  • Sets a limit on number of requests by employee representatives to inspect and receive copies of personnel file (1202.4)

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2011


Notable Events:

  • The world population exceeds 7 billion people;
  • Great Britain celebrates the royal wedding;
  • Apple introduces "Siri";
  • Green Bay Packers win the Super Bowl.
2011

2011

Policies that became required in 2011:

  • Discussion of creation of implied contracts for employment rights. (102.1)
  • Continuation of health insurance coverage for an employee disabled by pregnancy. (806.8)
  • Amendment to Pregnancy Disability Law requiring maintenance of group health insurance coverage for up to four months on the same terms. (808.4)

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2010


Notable Events:

  • Apple releases the first iPad;
  • South Africa hosts the FIFA World Cup™
  • Angry Birds becomes one of the most popular mobile applications;
  • The Gulf of Mexico experiences an oil spill.
2010

2010

Policies that became required in 2010:

  • Application of the “business necessity standard” to medical examinations. (206.3.2)
  • Impact of appearance standards on an employee’s constitutional liberty interests. (1214.1)

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2008


Notable Events:

  • Subway introduces the "$5 Footlongs";
  • The New York Giants beat the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl;
  • Slumdog Millionaire wins the Academy Award for the "Best Motion Picture";
  • The stock market experiences a historic crash.
2008

2008

Policies that became required in 2008:

  • Requirement of a “special need” for conducting a pre-employment drug-testing. (402.1)
  • Due process requirements regarding a non-seniority based system for layoffs. (902.7.5)

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2007


Notable Events:

  • Barry Bonds hits a record-breaking 756th home run;
  • Nintendo Wii is released;
  • Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable" is the top song of the year;
  • I am Legend is released world-wide.
2007

2007

Policies that became required in 2007:

  • Discussion that the same person may issue notice of intent to discipline, act as the “Skelly” officer, and make the disciplinary decision. (1002.3)

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2005


Notable Events:

  • YouTube is launched and becomes a popular video-streaming site;
  • People line up outside of bookstores for the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince;
  • Lance Armstrong wins his 7th Tour de France;
  • USB officially replaces floppy disks.
2005

2005

Policies that became required in 2005:

  • Discussion that testing blood and urine samples of applicants constitutes a medical examination. (402.6)
  • Discussion that employer is not required to produce every potentially-relevant document along with the Notice of Intent to Discipline. (1002.3)
  • Guidance on the best time to request a permissible drug testing for new applicants. (1208.4)

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2004


Notable Events:

  • The Boston Red Sox complete a historic comeback and win their first World Series title in over 80 years;
  • The Facebook is launched;
  • The last episode of Friends airs on NBC;
  • Skype becomes a popular online-calling service.
2004

2004

Policies that became required in 2004:

  • Discussion that employer is not required to grant use of accrued compensatory time off on the specific day the employee requests. (604.5)

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2003


Notable Events:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected as the Governor of California;
  • Apple launches iTunes;
  • The Da Vinci Code is published;
  • Finding Nemo opens in theaters across the world.
2003

2003

Policies that became required in 2003:

  • Discussion that utilizing a discipline appeal hearing officer selected from the Office of Administrative Hearings or State Mediation and Conciliation Service reduces the possibility of a claim of bias in the appeal hearing officer. (1002.4)

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2002


Notable Events:

  • Eminem releases his first album;
  • Salt Lake City hosts the 2002 Winter Olympics
  • The first season of American Idol airs on Fox
  • A Beautiful Mind wins the Academy Award for the "Best Motion Picture."
2002

2002

Policies that became required in 2002:

  • Discussion that an employee attains permanent, for-cause status once probationary period ends. (902.2)

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2001


Notable Events:

  • Tiger Woods wins all four major golf titles;
  • Shrek opens in theaters across the world;
  • Apple announces the first iPod;
  • The Wikipedia is launched.
2001

2001

Policies that became required in 2001:

  • Clarification of the start date of the 90-day statute of limitation for the appeal of discipline decision. (1002.4)

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2000


Notable Events:

  • The Y2K scare is over;
  • Survivor airs on CBS;
  • George W. Bush wins the presidential election;
  • Sydney hosts the 2000 Summer Olympics.
2000

2000

Policies that became required in 2000:

  • Discussion that the employer retains the right to cash out employee’s accrued compensatory time off at any time. (604.5)

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