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2024 California Employment Law Update: Expansive New Regulations; Employer Impact; Best Practices for Compliance

Increased Minimum Wage and Leave Requirements, Workplace Violence Prevention, Cannabis Use, Noncompete Provisions, and More

A live 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024 (in 9 days)

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

or call 1-800-926-7926

This CLE webinar will guide counsel through all 2024 California employment law updates including increased minimum wage and leave entitlements, the required development of workplace violence prevention plans, the prohibition of discrimination based on employees' off-duty cannabis use, and the expansion of the noncompete prohibition. The panel will also offer best practices for compliance.


California's new employment laws, going into effect throughout 2024, are expansive in breadth and scope--ranging from new wage and leave requirements to cannabis use to workplace violence prevention. Counsel and clients, including any who have employees in and are doing business in California, should be aware of the latest regulations to ensure compliance.

Among the more notable changes are an increased state minimum wage to $16 per hour for all employers regardless of headcount, as well as new minimum wage thresholds specific to certain industries such as healthcare and fast food.

Additionally, leave entitlements are expanded under California's sick leave law from 24 hours to 40 hours annually. And employers with at least five employees are required to provide up to five days of reproductive loss leave to covered employees.

Employers are also required to establish, implement, and maintain an effective workplace violence prevention plan, along with certain training and recordkeeping requirements, beginning July 1, 2024. And a new law extends the prohibition of noncompete clauses to any employee noncompete agreements regardless of where and when the contract was signed.

Listen as our expert panel guides counsel through the expansive new California employment regulations going into effect in 2024 and how they interact with existing regulations. The panel will also offer best practices for updating and implementing employment policies and procedures for compliance under the new laws.



  1. 2024 California employment law updates
    1. Minimum wage increases
    2. Sick and reproductive leave
    3. Noncompete agreements
    4. Cannabis use
    5. Workplace violence prevention plan
    6. 90-day rebuttable presumption for workplace retaliation
    7. Updated wage theft prevention notice
    8. Elimination of automatic stay pending arbitration appeal
  2. Local/municipal law considerations
  3. Best practices for compliance


The panel will review these and other important issues:

  • Outside the state minimum wage increase, what specific industries are subject to new minimum wage requirements?
  • Who will be covered by and eligible for the increased leave requirements?
  • How will the expanded noncompete prohibition affect employers?
  • What employer actions are prohibited under the new laws protecting employee off-duty marijuana use? How will the laws impact pre-employment processes and drug testing? What exceptions apply?
  • How may counsel best advise employers on implementing a workplace violence prevention plan?
  • How will the 90-day rebuttable presumption for workplace retaliation affect employer disciplinary processes?


McFate, Courtney
Courtney McFate

Lane Powell

Ms. McFate provides advice and counsel to management on numerous employment matters, including remote work,...  |  Read More

Mesa, Chelsea
Chelsea D. Mesa

Seyfarth Shaw

Ms. Mesa’s practice focuses on advising employers concerning various employment-related issues, including...  |  Read More

Saifi, Osaama
Osaama Saifi

CDF Labor Law

Mr. Saifi is an experienced litigator who has tried multiple jury trials and defended employers and company executives...  |  Read More

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