Last year, California passed the Wage Theft Prevention Act (AB 469) which amended several existing Labor Code sections and added several new ones. Most notably, in addition to criminalizing certain wages payment violations, the statute created a new mandate for California employers to provide each new employee a written notice upon hire containing individual information, including their regular rate of pay, overtime rates, and regular pay day. The law also required the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) to prepare a template of the notice that employers could use for compliance.
Although the new law had an effective date of January 1, 2012, the DLSE did not provide its first template with guidance until the final week of December. Its initial attempt seemed to raise more questions than provide answers, and the DLSE issued a revision within weeks. Even its second attempt, however, raised serious concerns that the notice went far beyond the requirements of the law and invited the potential for another round of class action lawsuits and employers.