It’s that time of the year again! The deadline for California Governor Gavin Newsom to sign, approve without signing, or veto bills on his desk was October 10, 2021. Now that the dust has settled, we have compiled a comprehensive list of bills signed by the governor that will impact employers. We also highlight bills that the governor vetoed but that employers should keep on their radars in case they make a comeback.

Employers should consider reviewing these new laws to determine whether they need to revise their policies and practices to ensure they are compliant and to make sure they are not caught off guard. These new laws go into effect on January 1, 2022, with the exception of Assembly Bill 654 dealing with COVID-19 outbreak reporting and Assembly Bill 73 dealing with employee protections from wildfire smoke, both of which went into effect immediately upon signing.