SB 306 went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, allowing the Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE) to conduct independent investigations of employers suspected of retaliation or discrimination during the course of an employee wage claim investigation. A complaint does not need to be filed by the employee in order for the investigation to take place.
If abuses are discovered, SB 306 allows the Labor Commissioner to issue citations for discovered violations, and petition for prescribed injunctive relief (with reasonable cause) to the superior court. Employers who refuse to comply with final orders may also be given civil penalties payable to the employee who was retaliated/discriminated against. Additionally, SB 306 establishes new review procedures for requesting hearings and writ of mandate petitions.
To read the full Senate Bill 30, go to the official website.
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