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California Employee Handbook Template - 2021-2022

Only $39.95 - Create an MS Word employee handbook for small business in The Golden State

California Law recent updates include:

  • Minimum Wage Updates
  • Overtime Pay Update
  • Sick Leave Update
  • Sexual Harrassment Update
  • Organ Donor Leave Update
  • Family & Medical Leave Update
  • Lactation Accommodation Update
  • Dress Code Update
  • State of CA COVID-19 Guidance (Optional)

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This MS Word template for small business can be completed, then saved as a PDF, RTF or MS Works. It contains all major policies for small business with specific language for California regulations, including language covering employee leave policy, and complies with federal guidelines and requirements for employers.

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Formatted specifically for California:

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  • California-specific template - over 100 policy topics.
  • Easily customize with your company logo.
  • Many topics have multiple options.
  • Easily edit, delete or add topics.
  • Acknowledgement form for employees to sign.
  • FREE Safety Manual template with over 30 topics.
  • FREE Drug Testing Policy and Consent Form.
  • Formatted in Microsoft Word for PC or Mac.
  • Available in PDF format.
  • Available in MS Works format.
  • Available In RTF (Rich Text Format).

Comply With California Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements for California, policies provided in this template adhere to federal labor laws which meet or exceed state laws. California has state-mandated special requirements, that exceed federal requirements, for short-term disability leave for all employers with five or more employees. The employee handbook offered here includes a policy defining adherence to the California requirements for short-term disability leave, to be used as company policy by in-state employers. In keeping with state requirements, all other policies adhere to federal labor laws as outlined in the handbook template offered here*. California small businesses will find, included in this template, policies for cell phones and texting, breaks, conduct, employee use of company vehicles, employee dress code, computer use, compensation, and nearly 100 other optional topics.

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Labor laws require that all businesses have written policy and enforce policies uniformly with all employees. An employee handbook is simply the best, most cost-effective method for complying with this requirement.

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Logically organized for ease of use, topics are included for policies, procedures, employment standards, benefits, discipline and more. Many topics provide two to four options per topic (based on your preferences) for issues like smoking on company property. Developed by HR and management professionals, this template includes options that comply with federal FMLA and EEOC requirements.

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Employee handbook resources for California

If you wish to create a custom employee handbook, using an online development tool, consider the California Employee Handbook Creator Online Tool ($299 at time of this posting). The California Employers Association also offers an online tool for creating a California employee handbook. The California Labor Commissioner's Office posts labor-related policies, typically used in employee handbooks, for employers and employees.

Information About CA Employment

Legislature & Department of Labor

State-specific labor laws are drafted and passed by the state legislature. Many of these policies follow federal regulations, except where state requirements exceed federal minimums. Once legislation goes into effect, the state department of labor is charged with enforcement. These laws are the foundation of employee handbooks used by employers operating within the state.

CA Department of Industrial Relations
Office of the Director
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco CA 94102
415 703-5070

S.B.A. - Guidance for small business employee handbooks, as well as other resources and tools, are offered to employers at no cost.
U.S. Small Business Administration
409 3rd St, SW.
Washington DC 20416

U.S. Department Of Labor
200 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20210
866 487-2365

Visit the California Legislative Information website for details on current and upcoming labor and employment policy matters. Review requirements for employers operating in the state of CA. The California Department Of Labor is responsible for enforcing these regulations.

Prominent employers.

The employers listed below are considered some of the top employers in California. Each firm is required to offer written policy to their employees.

ABM Industries
Bank of America
Cisco Systems
City of Los Angeles
County of Los Angeles
Edison International
Edwards Air Force Base
Kaiser Permanente
Kelly Services
Los Angeles Unified School Dist.
Northrop Grumman
Ralph's Grocery
SBC Pacific Bell
Stanford University
State of California
University of California
USC - University of Southern California
Walt Disney
Washington Mutual

Small and medium-size California businesses collectively make up a substantial part of the state's employers. Any business with one or more employees is required by labor laws to have written policy made available to employees and enforced equally.