California's Myriad New Employment Laws: Complying With Significant Changes to Discrimination, Leave and Wage Laws

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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This CLE course will provide guidance to counsel for companies operating in employee-friendly California to navigate myriad new and/or substantially amended laws that establish or increase protections for workers. The panel will review key changes in California employment law for 2015 and discuss best practices for ensuring compliance and avoiding liability.


In 2014 the California legislature passed more than 30 new employment laws. Beginning in 2015 employers must provide mandatory paid sick leave for all full- and part-time employees, train supervisory employees on preventing bullying, and extend protections against discrimination and harassment to unpaid interns and volunteers. In San Francisco, a "Retail Workers Bill of Rights" exposes retail companies to statutory penalties for failure to comply with new wage and scheduling requirements.

Along with compliance mandates, many of these laws create new training and reporting obligations. In addition, many California companies will now be exposed to liability for wage and workers' compensation claims filed by temporary workers under a new law requiring businesses to share liability with staffing agencies. This law will require counsel to carefully structure indemnity provisions to minimize liability.

Listen as our distinguished panel of California employment law attorneys thoroughly reviews the changes in the state's employment laws for 2015 and discusses the implications for companies doing business in California. The panel will guide counsel on helping clients to ensure their employment policies are up to date to avoid worker claims and civil penalties.



  1. Review of new or amended state employment laws effective in 2015
    1. Compliance and training obligations
    2. Reporting requirements
  2. Key local/municipal employment ordinances
    1. San Francisco "Retail Workers Bill of Rights"
    2. Oakland minimum wage and sick leave
  3. Due diligence in working with staffing agencies
    1. Ensuring adequate workers' comp insurance
    2. Drafting enforceable indemnity provisions


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How can companies reconcile disparate federal, state and local requirements?
  • Which companies are covered under new California laws?
  • What contractual indemnity provisions should employers include in agreements with staffing agencies?


Harold M. Brody
Harold M. Brody

Proskauer Rose

Mr. Brody has represented employers in virtually every facet of labor and employment law for over 25 years. He has...  |  Read More

James A. Goodman
James A. Goodman

Epstein Becker & Green

Mr. Goodman is a litigator who represents employers in both state and federal courts in all aspects of labor and...  |  Read More

Liburt, Joseph
Joseph C. Liburt

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Mr. Liburt has extensive litigation experience successfully defending claims of discrimination, harassment,...  |  Read More

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