NEW LAW: California Amends Its Inspection of Pay Records Law

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed SB 1252 into law.  This new law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2019, amends California Labor Code 226, which relates to an employee’s right to review their payroll records.

Under the current version of California Labor Code 226, upon receipt of an oral or written request, California employers are required to provide current or former employees with the opportunity to review their payroll records within 21 calendar days of receipt of the request.

The amended law adds that employees have a right to “receive a copy” of the records. Employers are still permitted to charge the employee “the actual cost of reproduction” of the records.