California Law for Texas Employers

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Norris Conference Centers in Austin or VIA ZOOM


This ninth 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 2023, including:

  • Pay Scale Information Disclosures:  Pay transparency laws have finally spread to California.
  • Expanded Pay Data Reporting Requirements:  Expanded pay reporting for certain employers, requiring “median and mean hourly rate within each job category.”
  • Privacy Overhaul: The California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) goes into effect on January 1, 2023, which means that covered employers will have to comply with the law’s notice and disclosure requirements, as well as giving employees the right to view, access, correct and delete their personal information.
  • Leave of Absence Expansion:  Both the California Family Rights Act and California’s Paid Sick Leave Law.
  • Bereavement Leave Protection: Specific protection for bereavement leave, defining what it is and who gets it.
  • Marijuana Use Protection:  Cannabis protection added to the state’s anti-discrimination law (effective 1/1/24).
  • “Reproductive Health Decision-making” Protection:  Another protected category added in California.
  • Protection for Employees with Safety Concerns:  Employees have new rights to complain of unsafe conditions.
  • COVID-19 Related Laws:  Several helpful changes to the state’s COVID-19 notice requirements.

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 28 years and in Texas for 22 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.