Notable New Laws Affecting California Businesses in 2023

The new year is upon us, and if you’re running a business, make sure you are prepared for new laws that will impact your business. In California, the new calendar year also means a fleet of new laws and regulations that go into effect. 2023 is no exception. Here are some new laws that may affect your California business:


  1. Assembly Bill 1041 adds a “designated person” to the list of existing permitted family members that an employee can take off time to care for under the California Family Rights Act.
  2. Senate Bill 1162 requires companies that employ at least 15 people to include salary ranges in all job postings and provide them to existing employees upon request.  The California Labor Commissioner can issue fines of as much as $10,000 for failure to comply.
  3. California raised its minimum wage to $15.50 on January 1st, applying it to all employers, regardless of size. The half-dollar boost resulted from a 2016 law that mandated inflation-related adjustments.
  4. Under Assembly Bill 1949, California employers with 5 or more workers must allow them up to 5 days of unpaid, job-protected leave upon the death of a close family member, including a spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, domestic partner, or parent-in-law.