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Recruiting: California

Recruiting requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Anthony J. Oncidi, Adam W. G. Freed and Michael J. Graham, Proskauer Rose LLP

Summary

  • California provides unique job services for employers and job seekers alike. See Job Match Services.
  • California's Fair Employment and Housing Act is broader than federal law, as it includes gender identity and gender expression protections to consider when recruiting. See Advertising Dos and Don'ts.
  • The Golden State has rules against English-only policies that govern many employers. Companies should use caution in advertising that only English may be spoken in the workplace. English-only rules may be discriminatory on the basis of national origin. See English-Only Rules.
  • State law prohibits employers from refusing to hire or discriminating against applicants or employees for engaging in lawful, off-duty conduct. See Smokers' Rights.
  • Employers should be careful in using information they find online. Even when information accurately reflects a job applicant, an employer may violate California privacy laws if it makes an employment decision based on information that it may not legally use in the hiring process. See Social Media.
  • California imposes unique reporting requirements for principals that hire independent contractors. These requirements cannot be overlooked at the recruiting stage. See Outsourcing and Independent Contractors.
  • Employers that recruit underage workers must be aware of a host of California state laws limiting the hours and types of work that such employees may perform. See Recruiting Underage Workers.