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 reflect forthcoming laws expanding employer requirements regarding juvenile records and transportation network criminal background checks.
Updated to reflect forthcoming laws regarding employer requirements related to inquiries into an applicant's or employee’s history in juvenile court, and a breach of encrypted information.
Updated to include forthcoming amendments to the state data security breach notification law.
Updated to reflect forthcoming law prohibiting employers from using juvenile convictions as a factor in determining a condition of employment.
Updated guidance to reflect forthcoming notice requirements under the Victims of Domestic Violence Employment Leave Act.
Updated to reflect a forthcoming law restricting forum selection clauses relevant to employee terminations.
Updated to reflect forthcoming laws amending the state Fair Pay Act, requiring employers to designate single-user toilet facilities as gender neutral, and clarifying prohibited unfair immigration-related practices.