California Law For Texas Employers 2021

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 9:00 a.m.
Via Zoom


This seminar will highlight to Texas employers 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 2021, including:

  • The dramatic expansion of the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) for all employers with five or more employees, requiring most employers to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave
  • COVID-19-related laws, including significant changes in workers’ compensation, paid sick leave and workplace safety laws
  • Modifications to AB 5, the controversial law that imposes a new strict test for independent contractors that will change the way employers use independent contractors moving forward, as well as Proposition 22, which overrides part of AB 5 for certain workers
  • The new pay data reporting law, requiring employers with 100 or more employees to submit a report that contains information about their employees’ race, ethnicity and gender in various job categories on or before March 31, 2021

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.


Scott Brutocao is a licensed California attorney who has been practicing employment law in California for 25 years. He has litigated and advised employers in hundreds of matters under California law, and has been advising Texas employers under California law since he was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2000. He is board certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas board of Legal Specialization and has provided employee and manager training on California and Texas employment laws throughout his career.


  • Protected categories
  • Required anti-harassment training
  • Wage and hour basics
  • Minimum wage and overtime
  • Exemptions and minimum salaries
  • Paystub requirements
  • Meal and rest breaks
  • Private Attorney General Act (PAGA)
  • Vacation Rules
  • Mandatory paid sick leave
  • Leaves of absence
  • Covenants not to compete
  • NDAs/IP protections
  • Unique expense reimbursement rules
  • Background / credit checks
  • Written salesperson agreements
  • Employees vs. independent contractors
  • Arbitration agreements
  • Unemployment issues



To register or for questions, email or call 512.328.1540.


We are applying 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.