2022
Key Statutory Developments
for California Attorneys

What’s New in 2022?

CEB has reviewed all the new laws from this year’s legislative cycle to bring you concise outlines of the key statutory changes for California lawyers in seven practice areas. Click below to read more about the key developments impacting your practice and your clients.

Key Developments for Business Lawyers

New consumer protections, limits on adhesion contracts, and crowdfunding for California start-ups and small businesses.

Key Developments for Civil Litigators

The most broadly applicable change authorizes remote appearances through mid-2023, at least. Plus, expansions to the Bane Act.

Key Developments for Criminal Lawyers

New guidance to courts for dismissing sentencing enhancements, proceeding without the presence of an in-custody defendant, defining and limiting the scope of gang enhancements, and treating a residential care facility’s failure to provide internet access as a misdemeanor.

Key Developments for Employment Lawyers

New law regulating warehouse quotas, more independent contractor changes, developments in wage theft, adding “parent-in-law” as a person for whom employees may take leave, expanded Cal/OSHA enforcement powers, PAGA exceptions for certain janitorial employees, and more.

Key Developments for Family Lawyers

Protection from reproductive coercion, electronic filing for DVPA petitioners, support for parents making efforts toward sobriety in juvenile dependency hearings, and other domestic violence protections prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Developments for Personal Injury Lawyers

Bane Act amendments, expansion of survival damages to include pain and suffering, and other important personal injury bills signed into law in 2021.

Key Developments for Real Property Lawyers

Redaction of unlawful restrictive covenants, conveying ADUs under AB 345, significant changes to the Revocable Transfer on Death Deeds (RTODDs) statutes, and more.

Key Developments for Trust & Estate Lawyers

New duties to some successor beneficiaries in case of incapacitated settlor, the ‘Free Britney’ Bill, the new Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act, significant changes to the Revocable Transfer on Death Deeds (RTODDs) statutes, new requirements for residential care facilities, and more.