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Business Law Changes for 2023 — What Employers Need to Know

Business owners should keep up to date with California’s laws as they constantly change. This helps protect business owners and their operations. Below, Purdy & Bailey, LLP breaks down three California laws for 2023 that could impact business owners.

California Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act

Amendments to the California Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act (CPRA) will be implemented in 2023. The CPRA removes employer exemptions from the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) regarding employee/applicant data, expands upon various sections of the CCPA, and introduces many privacy-related obligations for employers. These include:

  • Notifying applicants, employees, and contractors about collected personal information categories, their purpose for collection and disclosure, sharing procedures, and retention details;
  • Enabling employees to access or restrict the use/disclosure of certain data types;
  • Correcting/deleting personal information (subject to exemptions that may apply); and,
  • Requesting information collected about them in the previous 12 months.

COVID-19 Related Disability Retirement

AB 551 extends when AB 845 starts. AB 845 states that if a firefighter, public safety, or health care worker tests positive for COVID-19 and then retires due to disability related to their coronavirus illness, it is presumed that the disability was caused by or occurred in the course of their employment. This presumption can be rebutted. Without AB 551, the effects of AB 845 would have expired in January 2023; the new bill extends this until January 2024.

Leave: Designated Persons

The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) requires employers with five more employees to provide them up to 12 work weeks annually. AB 1041 amends the CFRA, expanding the class of persons for whom an employee may take leave to care under the CFRA to include a “designated person.” This bill defines “designated person” as any person who is blood-related or has an association with the employee equivalent to a family relationship. The employee may identify the designated person when they request leave, and employers can limit an employee to one designated person per 12-month period.

Questions About 2023 Law Changes?

Different laws will impact employers this year. That’s why it’s critical to have an employment lawyer assisting you.

The experienced attorneys at Purdy & Bailey, LLP have a wealth of knowledge and experience in all business law areas, making us a top choice when navigating the legal requirements of running a business. With our help, business owners can ensure that they are up-to-date on new laws and regulations and feel confident in managing legal issues. Let’s start working together — contact us online or by phone to get started. (858) 360-7080

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