Q: I am the new HR manager at my office and I am trying to update the company’s new hire packet. Are there any new notices that employers need to give new employees upon hire that I should be aware of?
A: Yes, California has recently added new notices to the list of documents employees must be provided upon hire. Most recently, the California Labor Commissioner published the “Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking” notice (http://bit.ly/2t8hi1q). Employers that have 25 or more employees must immediately begin using this notice, or a notice of their own design that is substantially similar in form and content, to inform employees of the rights of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, including the right to take protected time off work for medical treatment, legal proceedings, and safety planning. This notice also explains that employees have the right to use accrued paid sick leave for these same purposes; the right to reasonable accommodations for their safety while working; and that they cannot be retaliated or discriminated against for exercising these rights. Qualifying employers must provide this notice to employees at the time of hire and upon request.
Another recent employee handout update was released by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) in May 2017. The newly revised Sexual Harassment brochure (DFEH-185) provides employees with notice of California’s legal protections against sexual harassment. The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) mandates that all employers provide specific information to their employees at the time of…
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