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New CA Laws Protect Employees’ Criminal Record, Immigration Info, Parental Rights, and More

by Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP
April 26, 2018

As of January 1, 2018, California employers received a new set of important legal restrictions and regulations, including:

  • Employers may no longer ask applicants about their salary history. When you are applying for a job, an employer cannot ask how much money you’ve previously made or currently make in order to make a decision about how much to compensate you if they decide to hire you. This also applies to other compensation, such as housing allowances, insurance coverage, and other benefits.
  • Employers cannot actively participate in the immigration enforcement process. This means that attempting to verify employment eligibility via methods or questions not included in Form I-9 is now considered unlawful. Your employer also may not permit immigration officials to enter private workspaces or access an employee’s records unless they have a warrant or subpoena.
  • Employers cannot evaluate your criminal history before evaluating your qualifications. If you have a criminal history, a prospective employer is no longer legally allowed to ask you about your previous run-ins with the law, at least not until they have determined that you are qualified for the position to which you are applying.

There are other changes to California laws that may affect you and you may not be aware of your new protections. Knowing your rights is essential to your well-being in and outside of work, and our team of Los Angeles employment law attorneys is here to help. Get in touch with our team today to find out how these new laws affect you and your relationship with your employer.


Our tough and experienced employee rights lawyers are committed to pursuing justice for the hard-working people of Los Angeles. At Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP, we are familiar with all the laws and regulations relevant to your case and, most importantly, we know what your rights are and how to defend them.

If you fear your rights have been violated and are not compliant with these new California employment laws, do not hesitate to speak up. Connect with a member of our firm right away to get the answers you need and the quality legal representation you deserve.

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