Skip to comments.In California, New Year Brings New Regulations for Businesses Laws on privacy and classifying independent contractors take effect Jan. 1 in the Golden State
Posted on 01/01/2020 6:55:59 AM PST by karpov
On Jan. 1, California will usher in a host of largely progressive laws that will mean major changes for consumers, workers and businesses, big and small.
The laws, passed by a solidly Democratic legislature and governor, include first-of-their-kind consumer-privacy protections, a sea change in the way employers classify independent contractors and a cap on rent increases in a state grappling with sky-high housing prices.
For many businesses, the new laws will require significant changes to how they collect data on consumers and whether they pay workers overtime or provide paid sick leave, changes that arent required by any or most of the other 49 states.
California will also become the first state in the nation to extend health-care coverage to some low-income adults who are in the country illegally. As of Jan. 1, people between the ages of 19 and 26 will be eligible for benefits under Medi-Cal, the states Medicaid program, regardless of immigration status. That measure was part of Gov. Gavin Newsoms first budget last year.
Mr. Newsom is poised to release his newest budget proposal next week.
The new cap on rent increases will prevent most landlords from raising rents more than 5% annually for the next decade and is expected to apply to an additional two million apartments statewide not currently covered by rent control. Apartments built in the past 15 years are exempt, as are most single-family homes.
Some landlords have responded by employing no-fault evictions, a move that will also become more difficult in the new year, and say it could prompt them to raise rents more frequently.
Some officials say more needs to be doneparticularly around denser development near transit centers and streamlining of local and state regulations that can slow home constructionto alleviate the housing shortage and combat homelessness.
(Excerpt) Read more at wsj.com ...
Many independent contractor truck drivers were having to either move their residence out of state or have their employment terminated. A judge has temporarily blocked the imposition of the law.
When faced with a state circling the bowl, Sacramento flushes faster.
You mean CITIZENS OF FOREIGN NATIONS.
What other sane country does something so stupid?
The bill strikes at the heart of the gig economy business model of technology platforms like Uber, Postmates, Lyft Inc, DoorDash and others who rely heavily on the states 450,000 contract workers, not full-time employees, to drive passengers or deliver food via app-based services.
It seems to me that this idiotic law should apply to actors and actresses as well. If doing bit parts for anyone who will hire them isnt gig work then what is. OTOH the application of Sacramento Wisdom would lead to an obvious exception for this esteemed group.
Rent Control failed at the Ballot Box so what’s a Commie to do?
It looks like Democracy dies in darkness in CA.
Democrats ban things,
Democrats talk about things,
but Democrats never do things.
Communists do what Communists do! Always!!!
Your post belongs on billboards.
It’s to the point.
The laws, passed by a solidly Democratic legislature and governor,all the problems in California can be blamed on the voter you get what you vote for.
Support a parasite vote democrat.
California is a role model on how not to run a state
A good reason for all illegal immigrants to move to California.
But as much as they talk about the virtues of income equality there, they really do seem hell bent on wrecking the economic machine all together and creating a new country of rich lords and house cleaning serfs, but this iteration, the serfs get a barely living wage and free health care. They seem to hate their middle class.
I think this will end well ... for those outside California looking for a more local Venezuela to serve as an example to the rest of the country that we should value our freedom in virtually every single instance higher than an idea designed to serve socialist elites but painted to look like the reverse.
California new laws you need to know in 2020
December 29, 2019
Gov. Gavin Newsom
By CCT Staff
A large number of new laws, nearly 900 passed by Governor Gavin Newsom during the latest legislative session, will impact employers, renters and other Californians in 2020. Promoting his progressive values, Newsom backed public healthcare for undocumented immigrants, tenant protections and a controversial law regarding contract employees.
Laws of note:
Three new protections for renters
California renters can rest a little easier as the state helps them stay in their homes in 2020. While many cities had rent caps in place, AB 1482 sets an annual statewide cap on rent increases at 5 percent plus inflation and limits reasons landlords can use to evict tenants. Another new law, SB 329, bans landlords from discriminating against prospective tenants who utilize government assistance programs to pay their rent.
Health care for undocumented immigrants
California increased the states low-income health insurance program, Medi-Cal, coverage for undocumented immigrants, which has covered undocumented children since 2016. Now, low-income adults from 19 to 26 will can also garner health coverage through Medi-Cal.
Independent contractor restrictions
Multiple companies have cut ties with independent contractors in California because of AB 5, a law enacted to force companies like Uber and Lyft to provide employee benefits. The poorly written law has already led to legal challenges.
Want to wear dreadlocks to work? With the passage of SB 188, employers can no longer discriminate for styles such as afros, braids, twists and locks.
No more elephants, tigers and bears at the circus
The Circus Cruelty Prevention Act, SB 313, bans circuses from using exotic animals like elephants and tigers in performances. After 2020, under the big top in California, attendees will see acts with only dogs, cats and domestic horses.
Animal testing on cosmetic products
SB 149 bans the sale of cosmetic products, sold primarily in the United States, when the ingredients have been tested on animals. The law does not apply to products sold internationally, where animal testing is required by law.
1 of the New Code changes - that is ABSOLUTE Insanity ...
Because youre too stupid to open a window .....
All new houses will have a fan that runs 24/7 blowing conditioned air out of the house into the outside air. Fresh air is run in reverse through the same fan and heated or cooled through a heat exchanger so as to minimize electrical costs !
The point is to bring fresh air into your house because former building codes in California have made building envelopes so air tight they have become unsafe.
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the state-wide rent “controls” are guaranteed to reduce the stock of rental units, increase the cost of non-rental housing and greatly exacerbate the housing shortages in California
the elimination of private contractors in all segments of the economy is guaranteed to wreck the California economy more than all other regulations combined as most businesses that are dependent on private contractors will flee the state whenever possible, including many of the private contractors themselves ... the attempted elimination of private contractors actually has the potential to contract the economy in California ...
ANY vote for ANY Democrat ANYWHERE is a vote AGAINST America!
On a different thread about International relations and President Trump, I mentioned how much further along we would be if democrats were on the side of the US
But they’ll have to flush 10 or 15 times.
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