California Bills Would Create More Workplace Flexibility

The coronavirus pandemic forced many employers to make rapid changes to their operations as many employees made the switch overnight from onsite to remote work. California's strict wage and hour rules for nonexempt employees caused compliance challenges and prompted proposed legislation to create more flexibility for workers who want to telecommute.

Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto, R-Murrieta, who co-authored AB 513 and SB 657, said the bills will make telework "more flexible and accommodating." He also said passing AB 1028 "will allow more businesses to offer telecommuting as an option to their workforce."