California is considered one of the most employee-friendly states. Many consider it the state with the most proscriptive variances from federal law. For example, in addition to classes that are protected from discrimination by federal law, California adds over five more classes to its law. This is just one example of the many challenges California imposes on employers. A California employer must tread cautiously to ensure compliance with the complex and ever-changing employment laws in the state.
This page is a round-up of the state and municipal laws in California.
Updated to include information on case law developments regarding the fact that an employer may not require an employee to remain on call or on an employer's premises during a rest break.
Updated to include San Francisco notice-posting requirements; and enhanced to improve comprehensiveness with the addition of notice-posting requirements in San Mateo, Santa Monica, Palo Alto and Cupertino.
Updated to reflect increases in the statewide minimum wage and in local minimum wages in San Diego, San Jose, Sacramento, Oakland, Sunnyvale, Richmond, Mountain View and El Cerrito, effective January 1, 2017; enhanced to improve comprehensiveness with the addition of minimum wage ordinances in San Mateo, Santa Monica, Palo Alto and Cupertino.