Labor Relations Overview: California

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Summary

  • The majority of California labor law for private employers falls under the federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). However, California does have a private sector labor relations statute which grants similar protections. See California Labor Relations Law.
  • The California labor relations law applies only to small employers that do not fall under the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board. See California Labor Relations Law.
  • The California Labor Commissioner of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement has authority over state labor law. See California Labor Relations Law.
  • California has a separate labor relations statute that applies only to agricultural workers. See Agricultural Labor Relations Act.
  • The Agricultural Labor Relations Board oversees labor-management relations between agricultural employees and employers. See Agricultural Labor Relations Act.
  • California's public sector labor relations are governed by four statutes, one for local government employees, one for state employees, and two for education employees. See Public Sector Labor Relations.
  • The Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) oversees labor relations for all public sectors. See Public Sector Labor Relations.