New laws—which came intoeffect on January 1st—will affect workplace day-to-dayoperations and talent recruitment. These new laws include AB 1701,which holds the general contractor liable for wages and fringebenefits of the employees for its subcontractors; AB 450, a lawthat restricts lawyer to not cooperate any more than required byimmigration enforcement action; AB 1008, also known as theban-the-box law and restricts employers from inquiring aboutrequirement about criminal history before the extension of a joboffer; SB 396, a law that requires employers with 50-plus employeesto provide at least two hours of sexual harassment training; SB 63,which expands parental leave obligation; requires employers toprovide up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave; and AB 168,which restricts employers from asking about an applicants payhistory. We sat down with Dwayne McKenzie, apartner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson to talkabout the impact of these new laws and how employers need toprepare. Is it typical to see this many newworkplace laws?

Dwayne McKenzie: I think over the pastfew years, we have seen a number of added protections each year.From year to year, we might see a slightly different emphasis interms of the what the legislature is focused on. This year, we areseeing more gender-related harassment getting attention. In ourcurrent climate, with the attention towards sexual harassment andmore broadly sexual misconduct allegations, it seems like thetiming is appropriate that we have these new statutes that touch onsome of these ideas.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.