California Employment Law for Texas Employers

Crowne Plaza Hotel - Downtown
1700 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77002

Steven R. Blackburn, Epstein Becker Green

California is home to one of the largest economies in the world and to one of the world's best-educated and most productive workforces. Many employers find California to be an essential part of their strategic plan, but are not aware of the specifics of the state's evolving employment laws and policies.

We would like to invite you to a special seminar with Epstein Becker Green attorney Steven R. Blackburn, a Member of the Firm in our San Francisco office, who concentrates in employment law. Mr. Blackburn will provide tips for preventing and minimizing liability for companies with employees in California.

In California:

  • The average jury verdict in employment cases is nearly $1.4 million
  • It is illegal to require female employees to wear skirts
  • It is illegal to have a "use it or lose it" vacation plan
  • Terminated employees must be paid in full on their last day
  • Transvestites are a "protected class" in some cities
  • Overtime must be paid after eight hours of work in a day
  • Pregnant employees may take up to seven months of protected leave
  • Releases must contain California-specific language
  • Employees may use one-half of their sick time for family illnesses
  • The state's new disability discrimination law is broader than the ADA
  • Co-workers can be personally liable for unlawful harassment
  • Group insurance premiums may need to be paid indefinitely by the company for someone on workers' compensation leave
  • Termination of an employee on workers' compensation leave is risky and complex — even if the employee has been out for a year or more
  • There are important exceptions to many of the above

This seminar is intended for senior personnel management, as well as in-house counsel, whose advice is sought concerning their California operations. Mr. Blackburn will review the specifics of California employment law that may not be well known outside of California, as well as address strategic and long-range issues. For example, Mr. Blackburn will discuss:

  • How California juries assess employer termination decisions
  • How to structure terminations to increase your chance of success in California courts
  • What is required before a California court will enforce an arbitration agreement
  • How to avoid having that lawsuit against you decided by a jury

Join us for this informative seminar that will help your company stay ahead of the curve in this important area of employee relations.

(Includes complimentary valet parking)

To register, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact
Laurie Morse at 713.750.3112 or [email protected], or
Michelle Walker at 713.750.3198 or [email protected].

Note: EBGWH has been approved by the State Bar of Texas for CLE credits. Please note that to receive full credit for attending, registrants must be present for the entire session. EBGWH provides assistance to those with financial hardship who wish to attend; please submit requests for assistance with an explanation to Michelle Walker ([email protected]) or Laurie Morse ([email protected]) in the Houston office. The briefings are accessible to persons with disabilities; please notify Michelle Walker if accommodations are needed.