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New California Laws affecting Small Business

California Laws affecting Small BusinessOver 1,000 new California Laws took effect on January 1st, 2019, affecting not only our favorite Sonoma County small businesses, but California as a whole.

These new laws relate to children’s meals, concealed carry permits, wildfire legislation and more.

We encourage our community’s feedback, so please call Merrill, Arnone & Jones (MAJ Law) at (707) 528-2882 if you have any questions about the below new 2019 laws in California.

2019 California Laws affecting Small Business

  1. Assembly Bill No. 485: California pet stores are to only sell dogs, cats, and rabbits from shelters, animal control or rescue groups. Pet stores will not be allowed to purchase animals from breeders.
  2. Assembly Bill No. 516: Auto dealers are to issue temporary paper license plates to newly purchased cars to ensure that all drivers pay their required tolls.
  3. Assembly Bill No. 626: Mandates that it is no longer illegal to sell homemade food.
  4. Assembly Bill No. 1066: Agricultural workers will be paid overtime. Within four years, workers on large farms will receive time and a half wages when working more than eight hours a day or forty hours a week.
  5. Assembly Bill No. 1274: Cars eight years old or newer will be exempted from smog checks; however, in years seven and eight, there will be a smog abatement fee of $25.
  6. Assembly Bill No. 1619: Victims of sexual assault are allowed up to a decade to seek civil damages.
  7. Assembly Bill No. 1884: Full-service restaurants are now prohibited from providing single-use plastic straws unless asked for one from a customer.
  8. Assembly Bill No. 1976: Businesses must provide breaks and private lactations spaces other than a restroom for nursing mothers.
  9. Assembly Bill No. 2103: Applicants must undergo a minimum of eight hours of training and pass a live-fire shooting test to receive a concealed carry permit.
  10. Assembly Bill No. 2499: Health plans are required to spend at least 80% of each premium dollar on health care.
  11. Assembly Bill No. 2989: Any person over the age of 18 or older may ride an electric scooter without a helmet on any city street up to 35 miles per hour.
  12. Minimum Wage: California’s minimum wage will rise to $11 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees and $12 per hour for businesses staffing 26 or more employees.
  13. Senate Bill No. 10: Eliminates bail for suspects awaiting trial.
  14. Senate Bill No. 90: Insurers are prohibited from offering short-term health plans.
  15. Senate Bill No. 179: Nonbinary Californians will be able to obtain a driver’s license or state-issued ID that includes a gender nonbinary option without providing a doctors authorization.
  16. Senate Bill No. 820: Companies are forbidden from forcing employees who settle sexual harassment complaints to sign nondisclosure agreements. Victims will be able to remain confidential, but perpetrators names can no longer be withheld.
  17. Senate Bill No. 826: Public companies must have at least one female director on their boards by the end of 2019.
  18. Senate Bill No. 946: Vendors will be permitted to sell goods on sidewalks with a designated permit.
  19. Senate Bill No. 957: White and green low emission decals will no longer grant access to carpool lanes on the freeway. Drivers must have a red decal or the required amount of passengers to be allowed in the carpool lane.
  20. Senate Bill No. 969: New garage doors installed must have a battery backup that will be able to lift the door in the event of a power outage.
  21. Senate Bill No. 1046: Any California citizens found guilty of driving under the influence will have to temporarily install an ignition interlock device (breathalyzer) into their call until receiving their driver’s license back.
  22. Senate Bill No. 1192: All restaurants must serve water or milk as default with kids meals unless a different beverage is specifically ordered.
  23. Senate Bill No. 1300: Businesses are banned from requiring victims of sexual harassment to sign releases of liability as a condition of continued employment.
  24. Senate Bill No. 1343: All California employees are to receive biannual sexual harassment training.
  25. Senate Bill No. 1346: California has banned all “Bump Stocks.”

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