Under the California Wage Theft Protection Act (Cal. Labor Code section 2810.5), all employers are required to provide each employee with a written notice containing specified information at the time of hire, including wage and paid sick leave information. The notice must be in the language the employer normally uses to communicate employment-related information to

California’s 2023 legislative session ended on October 14, 2023, with a slew of new bills affecting employers. Governor Gavin Newsom signed more than 30 employment-related bills.

Highlights of the new laws affecting employers in California are summarized below. Most of the laws take effect January 1, 2024, unless otherwise indicated.

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California’s Governor signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1076 on October 13, 2023, which adds new Business & Professions Code §16600.1, making it unlawful to impose non-compete clauses on employees – which contractual restrictions already are void under Business & Professions Code §16600. 

AB 1076 codifies existing case law in Edwards v. Arthur Andersen LLP (2008) 44

California’s Governor signed Senate Bill (SB) 54, which requires a venture capital company to report annually to the California Civil Rights Department (CRD) on its funding determinations related to companies primarily founded by diverse founding team members.

Under the law, a venture capital company is covered by the requirements if it meets either of

On October 10, 2023, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 723, which moves the expiration the right of recall rights for employees in the hospitality and service industry from December 31, 2024, to December 31, 2025. The bill adds a presumption that a separation due to a lack of business, reduction in force, or

On October 8, 2023, California’s Governor signed Assembly Bill (AB) 647, which revises recall rights for grocery workers when there is a change of control in a grocery establishment.

Under the bill, the definition of “grocery establishment” includes a “distribution center owned and operated by a grocery establishment and used primarily to distribute goods