New year, new laws

Legislation affects wages, cars, guns, texting and schools

Gov. Jerry Brown signed more than 700 state bills into law in 2013. Many of the new regulations went into effect Jan. 1.In addition to a minimum wage increase, legislators passed new protections for immigrants and laws governing leaves of absence for employees who must care for an elderly relative.The workplaceAB 10 will raise California’s minimum wage of $8 per hour in two $1 increments, making the state’s minimum wage one of the highest in the country.Effective July 1, the minimum wage will g...

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