Employment Law Overview

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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/Requirement All 2 or more 4 or more 5 or more 15 or more 20 or more 25 or more 50 or more 75 or more 100 or more
AB1396 Written Sales Commission Plans X X X X X X X X X X
AB1825 Sexual Harassment Training X X X
Bone Marrow and Organ Donor Leave  X X X X X X
CAL-COBRA X X X X X
Add’l reqs.
X X X X
California Family Rights Act (CFRA) X X X
Civil Air Patrol Leave X X X X X X
Crime Victims Leave X X X X X X X X X X
Disability Insurance X X X X X X X X X X
Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Leave X X X X X X X X X X
Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Leave – Treatment X X X X
Employee Safety X X X X X X X X X X
Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) X X X X X X X
Independent Contractor Reporting X X X X X X X X X X
Jury Duty or Witness Leave X X X X X X X X X X
Kin Care Leave X X X X X X X X X X
Lactation Accommodation X X X X X X X X X X
Literacy Leave X X X X
Military Spouse Leave X X X X
New Hire Reporting X X X X X X X X X X
Paid Family Leave (PFL) X X X X X X X X X X
Posters and Notices X X X X X X X X X X
Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL)
School Attendance Leave X X X X X X X X X X
School Activities X X X X
Sick Leave X X X X X X X X X X
Smoking in the Workplace X X X X X X X X X X
Unemployment Insurance X X X X X X X X X X
Volunteer Civil Services Leave X X X X X X X X X X
Volunteer Firefighter Training X X X
Wage Theft Protection Act X X X X X X X X X X
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) X X
Workers’ Compensation X X X X X X X X X X

Federal Laws

Law/Requirement All 2 or more 4 or more 5 or more 15 or more 20 or more 25 or more 50 or more 75 or more 100 or more
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) X X X X X
Affirmative Action X X X
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) X X X X X X
Child Labor X X X X X X X X X X
COBRA X X X X X
EEO-1 Reporting See link for details on who must file
Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) X X X X X X X X X X
Equal Pay Act X X X X X X X X X X
Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) X X X X X X X X X X
Executive Order 11246 X X X X X X
Fair Credit Reporting Act X X X X X X X X X X
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) X X X X X X X X X X
Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) X X X
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) X X X X X X
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) X X X X X X X X X X
Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) X X X X X X X X X X
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act X X X X X X X X X X
National Origin Discrimination X X X X X X
Occupational Safety and Health Act X X X X X X X X X X
Posters and Notices X X X X X X X X X X
Pregnancy Discrimination X X X X X X
Race and Color Discrimination X X X X X X
Rehabilitation Act X X X X X X
Religious Discrimination X X X X X X
Retaliation X X X X X X X X X X
Sex-Based Discrimination and Harassment X X X X X X
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended by the Civil Rights Act of 1991 X X X X X X
Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA) X X X X X X X X X X
Wages and Hours X X X X X X X X X X
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. 

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