Golden State Startups and Hiring Guide: Part II

What should California employers consider when onboarding employees for startups and growing businesses?

While many startups and growing companies have fully developed business plans, human resources planning and employment-related issues are often overlooked. Employers’ failure to address these issues can lead to substantial financial and operational risks associated with employment-related litigation and penalties for failing to comply with employment-related federal, state, and local laws. California employment laws can be particularly complicated and are constantly changing. In order to minimize legal risk, it is imperative for startups and growing businesses to lay the groundwork for compliance with these laws.

Hiring And Onboarding Employment Law Issues Facing California Startups & Growing Businesses” (PDF 74 KB) provides an overview of California employment laws and best practices for startups and growing businesses. Part I of this series (PDF 57 KB) focuses on employment-related issues facing California employers during the application and hiring process. Part II of this series (PDF 74 KB) focuses on common considerations startups and growing businesses should address when onboarding newly hired employees. Part II provides an overview of California-related onboarding topics, including setting wages, employee reimbursements, mandatory notices, employee classifications, leave policies, and payroll requirements.

There are many risks involved in running a business and managing employees. California laws related to employment are constantly changing and it is difficult for companies, big or small, to ensure compliance with all of these laws. Employers who invest in human resources and compliant employment practices will be better armed to avoid litigation and business disruption.


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