The new president will likely bring substantial shifts in federal government policy, but California employers will be less affected by the changes because California has so many of its own employment laws. Here are some predictions regarding how California employers might be affected by potential changes in the law under President Trump.
In September 2016, the California legislature amended the California Secure Choice Savings Trust Act of 2012 (“Secure Choice”). This law will eventually require employers with at least five employees, and which do not offer employer-sponsored retirement benefits, to establish automatic payroll deductions for their employees to participate in the Secure Choice retirement savings plan. Employers will only act as intermediaries and remit the payments to the state, which will administer the program. The state has already established the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board to administer the program.
One of the many ballot propositions facing California voters on November 8 will be Proposition 64, known as the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act.” If enacted it will legalize the private recreational use of marijuana by persons 21 years of age or older. It will also make it lawful for each person to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use. It will tax and regulate the growth and sale of marijuana as well.