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California: New Laws in 2022 (Part II)

Round Two of Important Legislation that Went Into Effect This Year


Last month we reported on three important laws that went into effect this year. Today, we continue to report on additional laws signed by Governor Gavin Newsom and taking effect before the end of 2022. 

Later School Start Times

Parents will either be thrilled or disappointed to hear that the 2022/2023 school year will have a later start time. Senate Bill 328 requires that middle schools in the state of California start no earlier than 8:00 am and that high schools start no earlier than 8:30 am beginning July 1, 2022. 

The bill is an effort to reduce the effects of sleep deprivation. In addition to affecting high school and middle school families, it will also likely affect elementary schools. In an effort to keep start times staggered at a manageable pace for families with differently aged children, elementary school start times may also be made later.

Minimum Wage Increase

Beginning January 1, 2017 the minimum wage for all industries increases yearly. For companies with 26 or more employees the minimum wage increases each year until January 1, 2022 and for companies with 25 or less employees it increases yearly until January 1, 2023.

As noted by the California Department of Industrial Relations, effective January 1, 2022 the minimum wage for employers with 26 or more employees increased to $15.00 per hour and the minimum wage for employers with 25 or fewer employees increased to $14.00 per hour. 

“Stealthing” is Illegal

Assembly Bill 453 makes it unlawful to remove a condom during sex without verbal consent. The act known as “stealthing” is now illegal according to statute. Section 1708.5 of the California Civil Code was amended to add the act to the definition of sexual battery.

To find out more about these and other laws, read KTLA’s full report on “New California laws taking effect in 2022.”