international employment law firm alliance L&E Global

USA: Welcome to California

As employers with operations in the state are well aware, California is one of the most challenging regulatory environments for organizations, particularly with respect to employment law. We recognize the need for specialized California advice and counsel and have a dedicated team of attorneys in five regional offices who provide employment law services to clients in a wide range of industries throughout the state.

We have prepared this Guide to California-Specific Employment Law Issues as a starting point for employers looking for an overview of some of the unique aspects of California law. We hope you find this resource useful as you navigate the complexities of California’s employment laws.

Consider the following eight common pitfalls for employers

  • 1. Watch What You Say
  • 2. Watch What You Do
  • 3. Watch How You Pay
  • 4. Feeling Stressed? So Do Your Employees
  • 5. Union Organizing On the Rise
  • 6. Problems with Drugs and Alcohol
  • 7. Leaves of Absence and Disability Management
  • 8. Local Ordinances

Do Employers Have Any Rights?

So long as there is not a law or policy to the contrary, the employer may conduct its business any way it sees fit. As a general rule, it may hire and fire at will, so long as it does so in a non-discriminatory manner, does not violate public policy, and acts according to its personnel policies and practices.


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