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California Is At It Again: A Dozen New Laws Will Significantly Impact The States Employers

California voters overwhelmingly responded to a key theme in the recent gubernatorial recall campaign – to heal California’s ailing economy in part by eliminating laws and regulations that drive business, and therefore, jobs out of the state. The Legislature apparently was not listening as it passed a dozen new employment-related laws that, for the most part, impose additional responsibilities, burdens and costs on California employers. Despite the urgings of Governor-elect Schwarzenegger that he veto many of these laws, Governor Davis signed nearly all of them. All but two of the laws take effect on January 1, 2004. The exceptions are AB 205, which takes effect on January 1, 2005 and SB 2, which takes effect over two years, starting January 1, 2006.