Under California's new Wage Theft Protection Act of 2011 (AB 469 (Chapter 655, Statutes of 2011); Labor Code section 2810.5), which became effective on January 1, 2012, an employer must give every new hire a form of notice at the time of hire that, in general, identifies the employer, states the employee's wage rates and pay-day schedule, and provides workers' compensation coverage information. The Labor Commissioner was mandated to develop the form and make it available. Since December, the Labor Commissioner has twice revised its new form, most recently effective April 12, 2012. A Word version of the new version of the form can be found here. In addition, the Department revised its Frequently Asked Questions regarding the new law and the form, which can be found here.
The new form has been simplified, and the employee's acknowledgement of receipt is now optional. An employer does not have to re-issue the new version of the form if an earlierapproved version was used before April 12, but new hires after that date must be given the revised form.
Other components of the new law remain in place: employees must be notified in writing within seven days of any changes to the information in the form, unless the changes are reflected on a timely wage statement.
The full text of the new law can be found here.