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Involuntary Terminations: California

Involuntary Terminations requirements for other states

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

Author: Lisa Pierson Weinberger, Mom, Esq.


  • California has enacted statutes requiring notice be provided to certain employees who will lose their jobs due to mass layoffs or plant closings. These statutes cover more employers than the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. See Layoffs, Reductions in Force and Plant Closings.
  • In addition to the retaliation protections afforded to employees under federal law, both the State of California and the City of San Francisco provide additional layers of protection against retaliation in the workplace. See Retaliation.
  • California law protects employees from retaliation in many specific instances when the employee engages in protected conduct or otherwise makes a report of unlawful activity. See Whistleblower Protections.
  • The city of San Francisco added a has extended certain protections to employees in the retail sector, particularly during a "change in control" of the business. See San Francisco Formula Retail Employee Rights Ordinances.
  • California law protects some employees of grocery establishments for a period of time following a change in ownership. See California Grocery Workers Retention Act.
  • California law prohibits employers from taking action to avoid litigating disputes regarding termination in other jurisdictions. See Forum Selection Clauses.