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 the 2017 annual inflation adjustment to Emeryville's minimum wage.
Updated to reflect the addition of the Day of Rest Handbook Statement: California.
California employers seeking to show their compliance with California's Day of Rest law should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.
Updated to include San Leandro notice-posting requirements.
Updated to include forthcoming retaliation protections under the Milpitas Minimum Wage Ordinance.
Updated to include forthcoming notice-posting requirements under the Milpitas Minimum Wage Ordinance.