Photo of fashion show to illustrate new California law, SB 62.

Taking aim at the California garment industry, SB 62 goes into effect on January 1, 2022. The new law, titled the Garment Worker Protection Act, requires employers in the garment industry to pay workers California’s hourly minimum wage rather than the current pay-by-the-piece policy. Incentive-based bonuses are still allowed.

One of the most important things to note about SB 62 is that “any person contracting for the performance of garment manufacturing” may be liable for Labor Code violations, so the law may very well extend to some retailers and fashion brands as well.

SB 62 defines garment manufacturing as “sewing, cutting, making, processing, repairing, finishing, assembling, dyeing, altering a garment’s design, causing another person to alter a garment’s design, affixing a label to a garment, or otherwise preparing any garment or any article of wearing apparel or accessories designed or intended to be worn by any individual.” 

In addition to paying the hourly minimum wage, SB 62 also requires more detailed record-keeping, requiring all parties to keep invoices, contracts, purchase orders and more for at least four years. 

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