New Laws for Californians Next Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California’s long tradition of advancing nation-leading legislation continues into the new year, with laws reining in the gig economy, boosting online privacy and discouraging shootings by police, among other potential trend-setters. The state is making it harder for many industries to treat workers like contractors instead of employees. It is adopting the nation’s most sweeping data privacy law. Two new laws give California one of the nation’s most comprehensive approaches to deterring shootings by police. And California becomes the first state to bar workplace and school discrimination against black people for wearing hairstyles such as braids, twists and locks.