Employment Law Overview

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by Lisa McCormack

August 2018 Presentation at Coast Women in Business

As an employer, it’s important to understand which employment laws apply to your company based on the number of employees you have. The chart below helps you understand your compliance requirements for many topics; others may apply also – such as additional laws for federal contractors (e.g., Drug Free Workplace Act).


Other useful resources include:

California Laws

Law/RequirementAll2 or more4 or more5 or more15 or more20 or more25 or more50 or more75 or more100 or more
AB1396 Written Sales Commission PlansXXXXXXXXXX
AB1825 Sexual Harassment Training       XXX
Bone Marrow and Organ Donor Leave     XXXXXX
Add’l reqs.
California Family Rights Act (CFRA)       XXX
Civil Air Patrol Leave    XXXXXX
Crime Victims LeaveXXXXXXXXXX
Disability InsuranceXXXXXXXXXX
Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking LeaveXXXXXXXXXX
Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Leave – Treatment      XXXX
Employee SafetyXXXXXXXXXX
Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)   XXXXXXX
Independent Contractor ReportingXXXXXXXXXX
Jury Duty or Witness LeaveXXXXXXXXXX
Lactation AccommodationXXXXXXXXXX
Literacy Leave      XXXX
Military Spouse Leave      XXXX
New Hire ReportingXXXXXXXXXX
Paid Family Leave (PFL)XXXXXXXXXX
Posters and NoticesXXXXXXXXXX
Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL)          
School Attendance LeaveXXXXXXXXXX
School Activities      XXXX
Smoking in the WorkplaceXXXXXXXXXX
Unemployment InsuranceXXXXXXXXXX
Volunteer Civil Services LeaveXXXXXXXXXX
Volunteer Firefighter Training       XXX
Wage Theft Protection ActXXXXXXXXXX
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)        XX
Workers’ CompensationXXXXXXXXXX

Federal Laws

Law/RequirementAll2 or more4 or more5 or more15 or more20 or more25 or more50 or more75 or more100 or more
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)     XXXXX
Affirmative Action       XXX
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)    XXXXXX
EEO-1 Reporting       See link for details on who must file
Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)XXXXXXXXXX
Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)XXXXXXXXXX
Executive Order 11246    XXXXXX
Fair Credit Reporting ActXXXXXXXXXX
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)XXXXXXXXXX
Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)       XXX
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)    XXXXXX
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)XXXXXXXXXX
Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)XXXXXXXXXX
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay ActXXXXXXXXXX
National Origin Discrimination    XXXXXX
Occupational Safety and Health ActXXXXXXXXXX
Posters and NoticesXXXXXXXXXX
Pregnancy Discrimination    XXXXXX
Race and Color Discrimination    XXXXXX
Rehabilitation Act    XXXXXX
Religious Discrimination    XXXXXX
Sex-Based Discrimination and Harassment    XXXXXX
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended by the Civil Rights Act of 1991    XXXXXX
Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA)XXXXXXXXXX
Wages and HoursXXXXXXXXXX
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)         X

Note: The above/attached information is not legal advice. It should not be considered a legal opinion as to which laws apply or as to how any law applies to a particular situation. Companies or individuals should seek advice of counsel with regards to their particular situation.

About the Presenter

Lisa McCormack has spent over 30 years as a human resources (HR) practitioner and leader, working with large and small companies undergoing rapid growth and change. Certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Strategic Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), she holds a Bachelor’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from San Jose State University. Lisa is a principal at Affogato HR Consulting, which works with businesses to implement practical, appropriate, and compliant HR solutions.

About Coast Women in Business

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