The new list of employment laws that have gone into effect since the new year includes a required minimum wage for garment workers, 100% gratuity from food delivery apps sent to the driver, and more.
Employment Media Expert Angela Reddock-Wright recently spoke on these matters on Spectrum News 1, mostly focusing on how the garment industry will change in the coming months.
SB 62: Garment Worker Protection Act
SB 62, or the Garment Worker Protection Act, is significant for garment workers since it assures that they’ll at least earn minimum wage rather than being paid “piecemeal” and according to their output. This will halt incentives in the industry that ask for more pieces per hour in order to earn more pay.
AB 286: Delivery Driver Tips Ownership
For drivers of food delivery apps such as Doordash or UberEats, AB 286 now makes it illegal for the platform to take any gratuity from its drivers. This means that drivers receive 100% of their tips; in cases where the food is picked up from a restaurant, the establishment receives the tip.
These recent changes ultimately provide another layer of protection for garment workers and independent delivery drivers and assure they receive all income earned, including tips.
California also set forth a handful of laws related to certain animals, such as AB 468, which clarifies the requirements for classifying a dog as an “emotional support” dog. , and Prop 12 requiring meat providers to raise animals such as pigs in open and free range cages.
Experienced Employment Law Attorney, Mediator, Arbitrator, Investigator, Legal and Media Commentator
Twice-named a U.S. News Best Lawyer in America for employment and labor law, Angela Reddock-Wright is an employment and labor law attorney, mediator, arbitrator, and certified workplace and Title IX investigator (AWI-CH) in Los Angeles, CA. Known as the “Workplace Guru,” Angela is an influencer and leading authority on employment, workplace/HR, Title IX, hazing, and bullying issues. Furthermore, she’s been named a “Top California Employment Lawyer” by the Daily Journal and one of Los Angeles’ “Most Influential Minority and Women Attorneys” by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Angela is a regular legal and media commentator and analyst and has appeared on such media outlets as Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, Law and Crime with Brian Ross, Court TV, CNN, NewsNation, ABC News, CBS News, Fox 11 News, KTLA-5, the Black News Channel, Fox Soul – The Black Report, NPR, KPCC, Airtalk-89.3, KJLH Front Page with Dominique DiPrima, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, Forbes.com, Yahoo! Entertainment, People Magazine, Essence Magazine, the Los Angeles Sentinel, LA Focus, Daily Journal, Our Weekly and the Wave Newspapers.
Angela is a member of the panel of distinguished mediators and arbitrators with Judicate West, a California dispute resolution company. She also owns her own dispute resolution law firm, the Reddock Law Group of Los Angeles, specializing in the mediation, arbitration, and investigation of employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other workplace claims, along with Title IX, sexual harassment, assault, and misconduct conduct cases, along with hazing and bullying cases in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, fraternities and sororities; fire, police and other public safety agencies and departments; and other private and public sector workplaces.
Reddock-Wright has also launched her own radio show, Legal Lens with Angela Reddock-Wright, airing on Tavis Smiley’s new KBLA Talk 1580 radio station on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. PT with replays on subsequent Sundays. Listeners may tune-in by downloading the APP @kbla1580 and call the PowerLines at 1-800-920-1580.
For more information regarding resources for employers, businesses, and employees during this time, connect with her on LinkedIn for new updates, or contact her here. You may also follow her on Instagram.
This communication is not legal advice. It is educational only. For legal advice, consult with an experienced employment law attorney in your state or city.