January 23rd, 2015
New Laws for 2015
2015 is bringing a lot of changes to California. Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers have passed a number of laws last year that are set to start during 2015. Keep these new laws for 2015 in mind to ensure that you do not break any new rules this year.
- Groundwater – due to the California drought, officials in different local areas throughout the state have started to regulate how much water businesses and residents can draw from aquifers. California’s first groundwater pumping rules are now aligned with many other western states.
- Homeowners associations – due to the drought, homeowners associations are no longer allowed to fine residents in the HOA who do not water their lawn. Residents that allow plants to die or choose to install drought resistant landscaping cannot be penalized.
- Immigrants – the California Department of Motor Vehicles has begun issuing special identification cards to undocumented immigrants who are qualified for them, allowing them to apply for licenses.
- Minimum wage – hotels that have 300 rooms or more will have to pay employees at least $15.37 an hour beginning on July 1st. The statewide minimum wage is still $9, but the City Council is trying to higher wages in all industries.
- Paid sick leave – companies will have to pay any employee who calls in sick or stays home to care for sick children, a paid sick leave. Starting on July 1st, anyone who works in California for at least 30 days within a year will accrue sick time.
- Farm animals – cramped cages for egg-laying hens and other animals are now outlawed. Chickens, breeding pigs, and veal calves are no longer allowed to be kept in cages that are too small for them to stand up, stretch, or turn around.
For more information on the new California 2015 laws, contact Brown & Brown Insurance in Anaheim, California.