California Law for Texas Employers

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Norris Conference Centers in Austin or VIA ZOOM


This tenth annual seminar will prepare Texas employers for the various requirements for having employees in California. A detailed overview of California employment laws will be provided, with an emphasis on how they differ from Texas laws, and strategies for compliance. Specifically covered will be new laws for 2024, including:

  • Paid Sick Leave: SB 616 expands California’s Paid Sick Leave Law
  • Covenant Not to Compete Laws: AB 1076 and SB 699 add to California’s substantive protections against post-employment covenants not to compete
  • Workplace Violence Protection Plans: SB 553 implements sweeping workplace violence safety requirements
  • Off-Duty, Off-Site Cannabis Use: AB 2188 prohibits employers from discriminating against an employee or applicant based on the person’s off-duty, off-site cannabis use
  • New Background Check Regulations: California has amended its background check (commonly referred to as “Ban the Box”) regulations, changing several of the procedures that employers must follow when considering prior convictions of applicants
  • Reproductive Loss Leave: SB 848 will require employers to provide eligible employees to take up to five days of protected “reproductive loss leave” following a reproductive loss event
  • New Notice Requirements: AB 636 imposes new notice requirements to employees that employers must provide.
  • Fast Food Workers: AB 1228 imposes new requirements for fast-food workers and creates the Fast Food Council, which will determine minimum wages, working hours and other working conditions for fast food restaurants

These laws, many others, and significant court decisions will be covered.  Essential policies also will be discussed, and template forms and policies will be provided. The program includes Q&A as well.

AGENDA: California Law Overview

  • Protected categories
  • Required anti-harassment training
  • Leaves of absence
  • Wage and hour basics
  • Minimum wage and overtime
  • Exemptions and minimum salaries
  • Meal and rest breaks
  • Out-of-state employees performing work in California
  • Paystub requirements
  • Personnel and payroll records requests
  • Mandatory paid sick leave
  • Vacation Rules
  • Covenants not to compete
  • NDAs/IP protections
  • Unique expense reimbursement rules
  • Background / credit checks
  • Written salesperson agreements
  • Private Attorney General Act (PAGA)
  • Employees vs. independent contractors
  • Arbitration agreements
  • Unemployment issues
  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) obligations
  • Required policies
  • Required postings
  • COVID-19!


Scott Brutocao is a licensed California and Texas attorney who has been litigating employment cases and advising employers California for 29 years and in Texas for 23 years.  He is also board certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas board of Legal Specialization.  He is a frequent speaker on employment law topics throughout the state.


  • Firm Clients: $100, or $175 for both this and “CA Leave of Absence Boot Camp for Texas Employers”
  • Non-Clients: $200, or $350 for both this and the “CA Leave of Absence Boot Camp for Texas Employers”
  • Group Discounts Available.


To register for either seminar and for questions, please email or or call 512.328.1540.


This course has been approved for 2.75 hours of CLE credit by the Texas Bar, and we will provide documentation for credit for all other certifications, including SHRM and HRCI.