Are You Ready? Notice to Employees of Void CA Non-Competes Required by February 14, 2024

California law has for many years treated agreements that restrain one from engaging in a lawful profession, trade, or business as void and unenforceable, unless an exception applies. This applies to most non-compete and non-solicitation agreements with California employees.

Citing to California Supreme Court precedent that voided a post-employment non-compete and to state public policy favoring employee mobility, AB 1076 and SB 699, both effective January 1, 2024, prohibit employers from including, entering into, and attempting to enforce a noncompete clause in an employment contract, or otherwise requiring an employee to enter a noncompete agreement, absent an exception.

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Don’t Labor Under New Laws

California is a state of perpetual motion when it comes to new and evolving employer regulations. While most of the 305 bills introduced in the last legislative session mentioning “employer” did not pass the Legislature, many did and were signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom. With that comes more rules and risks for employers dealing with non-compete agreements, anti-discrimination, Labor Code enforcement, workplace safety, leaves of absence and a plethora of minimum wage increases.

To borrow from Kelly Clarkson, “… what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stand a little taller …”

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State & Local Employment Law Developments: Q4 2023

As we witnessed in the first, second and third quarters of 2023, state and local governments continued to increase workplace regulations in the fourth quarter of the year. Read our update for an overview of recent and upcoming legislative developments to help you and your organization stay in compliance.

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Overview of U.S. Employment Law for International Employers

This guide is a non-comprehensive overview of employment laws in the United States for international employers.  We hope that it will assist employers that already employ individuals in the U.S. and employers that are considering becoming operational in the U.S. in better understanding U.S. employment laws and practices.

Generally speaking, what differentiates U.S. employment law from that of other countries is that the U.S. has very few legally required benefits that an employer must offer its employees.  Although it can differ state by state, things that are legally required and commonplace in other countries—such as paid holiday, paid leave, and mandatory severance benefits—are generally not legally required in the United States.  Instead, most benefits offered by employers are considered gratuitous and used as tools to recruit and retain employees.  This has led employers to be creative in their benefit offerings, including the use of “unlimited” vacation policies, fully remote work, egg freezing or fertility stipends, and the like.

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