This Week in Small Business News: New Laws Take Effect, Undocumented Employees Present New Challenges, and Economic Predictions for 2015

It’s a new year, so that means there is lots to talk about. While last year we faced a number of economic and natural setback as small businesses, this year looks a lot better (at least economically). When it comes to the important news, here’s what you should know. There are some new laws here in California that are going to affect the way you do business. If you employ undocumented workers (either knowingly or not) you’ll face some new challenges with health care. And there are some really positive predictions for 2015’s economy. Here’s what’s going on this week in small business news.

CALIFORNIA: 5 New Laws That Will Affect Employers, Workers

It’s 2015 and with the new year comes new state laws that affect California employers and employees. Among them is legislation that affects sick leave use and accrual, employer responsibilities regarding independent contractors, and the inclusion of “abusive conduct” training for supervisors. Unpaid interns and foreign workers also have new protections. Get a look at a five new laws in place now on the Press Enterprise.

Hiring Undocumented Workers May Cost Companies Their Healthcare Plans

Employers concerned about incurring fines or criminal liability for hiring undocumented workers now face a new challenge: large healthcare payouts and contract litigation when stop loss carriers refuse to honor claims arising from an undocumented employee’s policy. Get the whole story on National Law Review.

Economic predictions for the coming year in California, Inland Empire

It’s that time again. Pop the champagne cork and watch a rerun of the ball falling three hours ago in Times Square. A new year is upon us. So too it’s time for some prognostications. What lies ahead for the economies of California and the Inland Empire in 2015? Read the predictions on the Daily Bulletin.

That’s it for this week. We’d like to know how this news is going to affect your company in 2015. Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and have an awesome Monday!

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