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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 covers more employers that are planning mass layoffs or plant closings than the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. It also inludes more triggering events See California WARN Act.
  • In addition to the retaliation protections afforded to employees under federal law, the State of California provides 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.
  • Certain California employers must offer positions to laid-off employees based on a preference system. See Right to Recall Law.
  • 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.
  • Localities including Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco have requirements pertaining to involuntary terminations. See Local Requirements.