While the federal government sets the minimum standard for employment protection, including the minimum wage and anti-discrimination laws, states are free to write their own employment laws. California is considered one of the most employee-friendly states in the U.S., with strict limits on work hours and other provisions generally favorable to workers. This section covers California employment laws and regulations, including state civil rights laws; payday requirements; legal holidays; statutes protecting whistleblowers; and labor laws affecting unions. California labor and employment law changes through ballot initiatives, the passage of laws, and court rulings. Click on a topic below to learn more about California employment laws.