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CALIFORNIA LABOR CODE

Last update: 2011-11-07


  • General Provisions. 1-29.5
  • DIVISION 1. Department of Industrial Relations
    • CHAPTER 1. General Powers and Duties. 50-64.5
    • CHAPTER 1.5. Mediation. 65-67
    • CHAPTER 2. Industrial Welfare Commission. 70-74
    • CHAPTER 3. Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation. 75-78
    • CHAPTER 4. Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. 79-107
    • CHAPTER 5. Division of Workers' Compensation. 110-139.6
    • CHAPTER 6. Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board. 140-147.2
    • CHAPTER 6.5. Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board. 148-149.5
    • CHAPTER 7. Division of Labor Statistics and Research. 150-156
    • CHAPTER 7.5. Division of Occupational Safety and Health. 175-176
  • DIVISION 2. Employment Regulation and Supervision
    • PART 1. Compensation
      • CHAPTER 1. Payment of Wages
        • Article 1. General Occupations. 200-243
        • Article 2. Seasonal Labor. 250-257
        • Article 3. Special Occupations. 270-273
      • CHAPTER 2. Assignment of Wages. 300
      • CHAPTER 3. Privileges and Perquisites
        • Article 1. Gratuities. 350-356
        • Article 2. Bonds and Photographs. 400-410
        • Article 3. Contracts and Applications for Employment. 430-435
        • Article 4. Purchases. 450-452
    • PART 2. Working Hours
      • CHAPTER 1. General. 500-558
      • CHAPTER 2. Railroads. 600-607
      • CHAPTER 3. Smelters and Underground Workings. 750-752.5
      • CHAPTER 4. Lumber Industries. 800-801
      • CHAPTER 5. Pharmacies. 850-856
    • PART 3. Privileges and Immunities
      • CHAPTER 1. Contracts Against Public Policy. 920-923
      • CHAPTER 2. Solicitation of Employees by Misrepresentation. 970-977
      • CHAPTER 3. Class of Labor Employed; Labor Union Insignia. 1010-1018
      • CHAPTER 3.5. Contractors. 1020-1024
      • CHAPTER 3.7. Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation. 1025-1028
      • CHAPTER 3.8. Lactation Accommodation. 1030-1033
      • CHAPTER 3.9. Employee Literacy Assistance. 1040-1044
      • CHAPTER 4. Reemployment Privileges. 1050-1057
      • CHAPTER 4.5. Displaced Janitor Opportunity Act. 1060-1065
      • CHAPTER 4.6. Public Transit Service Contracts. 1070-1074
      • CHAPTER 5. Political Affiliations. 1101-1106
      • CHAPTER 6. Agreements in Connection With Trade Disputes. 1110
      • CHAPTER 7. Jurisdictional Strikes. 1115-1122
      • CHAPTER 7.5. Collective Bargaining Agreements. 1126-1128
      • CHAPTER 8. Professional Strikebreakers
        • Article 1. Findings and Declarations. 1130
        • Article 2. Definitions. 1132-1133
        • Article 3. Professional Strikebreakers. 1134-1134.2
        • Article 4. Miscellaneous. 1136-1136.2
      • CHAPTER 9. Public Transportation Labor Disputes. 1137-1137.6
      • CHAPTER 10. Unlawful Acts During Labor Disputes. 1138-1138.5
    • PART 3.5. Agricultural Labor Relations
      • CHAPTER 1. General Provisions and Definitions. 1140-1140.4
      • CHAPTER 2. Agricultural Labor Relations Board
        • Article 1. Agricultural Labor Relations Board: Organization. 1141-1150
        • Article 2. Investigatory Powers. 1151-1151.6
      • CHAPTER 3. Rights of Agricultural Employees. 1152
      • CHAPTER 4. Unfair Labor Practices and Regulation of Secondary Boycotts. 1153-1155.7
      • CHAPTER 5. Labor Representatives and Elections. 1156-1159
      • CHAPTER 6. Prevention of Unfair Labor Practices and Judicial Review and Enforcement. 1160-1161
      • CHAPTER 6.5. Contract Dispute Resolution. 1164-1164.13
      • CHAPTER 7. Suits Involving Employers and Labor Organizations 1165-1165.4
      • CHAPTER 8. Limitations. 1166-1166.3
    • PART 4. Employees
      • CHAPTER 1. Wages, Hours and Working Conditions. 1171-1205
      • CHAPTER 2. Occupational Privileges and Restrictions
        • Article 2. Minors. 1285-1312
      • CHAPTER 3. Working Hours
        • Article 2. Minors. 1390-1399
      • CHAPTER 4. Relocations,terminations, and Mass Layoffs. 1400-1408
    • PART 5. Civil Air Patrol. 1500-1507
    • PART 5.5. Organ and Bone Marrow Donation. 1508-1513
    • PART 6. Licensing
      • CHAPTER 3. Farm Labor Contractors. 1682-1699
      • CHAPTER 4. Talent Agencies
        • Article 1. Scope and Definitions. 1700-1700.4
        • Article 2. Licenses. 1700.5-1700.22
        • Article 3. Operation and Management. 1700.23-1700.47
      • CHAPTER 4.5. Fee-related Talent Services
        • Article 1. Definitions. 1701
        • Article 2. Advance-fee Talent Representation Service. 1702-1702.4
        • Article 3. Other Talent Services. 1703-1703.6
        • Article 4. Remedies. 1704-1704.3
        • Article 5. General Provisions. 1705-1705.4
    • PART 7. Public Works and Public Agencies
      • CHAPTER 1. Public Works
        • Article 1. Scope and Operation. 1720-1743
        • Article 1.5. Right of Action. 1750
        • Article 2. Wages. 1770-1781
        • Article 3. Working Hours. 1810-1815
        • Article 5. Securing Workers' Compensation. 1860-1861
      • CHAPTER 2. Public Agencies
        • Article 1. Municipal Employees. 1900-1901
      • CHAPTER 4. Firefighters. 1960-1964
    • PART 8. Unemployment Relief
      • CHAPTER 1. Extension of Public Works. 2010-2015
    • PART 8.5. Car Washes
      • CHAPTER 1. General Provisions. 2050-2053
      • CHAPTER 2. Registration. 2054-2065
      • CHAPTER 3. Successorship. 2066
      • CHAPTER 4. Operation. 2067
      • CHAPTER 5. Reporting. 2068
    • PART 9. Health
      • CHAPTER 1. Sanitary Conditions
        • Article 1. Sanitary Standards. 2260
        • Article 2. Foundries and Metal Shops. 2330-2331
        • Article 3. Factories and Business Establishments. 2350-2355
        • Article 5. General Health Provisions. 2440-2441
    • PART 10. Industrial Homework. 2650-2667
    • PART 11. Garment Manufacturing
      • CHAPTER 1. General Provisions. 2670-2674.2
      • CHAPTER 2. Registration. 2675-2684
      • CHAPTER 3. Arbitration. 2685-2692
    • PART 12. Sheepherders. 2695.1-2695.2
    • PART 13. The Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 2698-2699.5
  • DIVISION 3. Employment Relations
    • CHAPTER 1. Scope of Division. 2700
    • CHAPTER 2. Employer and Employee
      • Article 1. The Contract of Employment. 2750-2752
      • Article 2. Obligations of Employer. 2800-2810
      • Article 3. Obligations of Employee. 2850-2866
      • Article 3.5. Inventions Made by an Employee. 2870-2872
      • Article 4. Termination of Employment. 2920-2929
      • Article 5. Investigations of Employees. 2930
    • CHAPTER 4. Apprenticeship. 3070-3099.5
  • DIVISION 4. Workers' Compensation and Insurance
    • PART 1. Scope and Operation
      • CHAPTER 1. General Provisions. 3200-3219
      • CHAPTER 2. Employers, Employees, and Dependents
        • Article 1. Employers. 3300-3302
        • Article 2. Employees. 3350-3371
        • Article 3. Dependents. 3501-3503
        • Article 4. Employee Notice. 3550-3553
      • CHAPTER 3. Conditions of Compensation Liability. 3600-3605
      • CHAPTER 4. Compensation Insurance and Security
        • Article 1. Insurance and Security. 3700-3709.5
        • Article 2. Uninsured Employers Fund. 3710-3732
        • Article 2.5. Self-insurers' Security Fund. 3740-3747
        • Article 3. Insurance Rights and Privileges. 3750-3762
        • Article 4. Construction Permit. 3800
        • Article 5. Workers' Compensation Misrepresentations. 3820-3823
      • CHAPTER 5. Subrogation of Employer. 3850-3865
      • CHAPTER 7. Medical Examinations. 4050-4056
        • Article 2. Determination of Medical Issues. 4060-4068
      • CHAPTER 8. Election to Be Subject to Compensation Liability. 4150-4157
      • CHAPTER 9. Economic Opportunity Programs
        • Article 1. General Provisions. 4201-4209
        • Article 2. Benefits. 4211-4214
        • Article 3. Adjustment of Claims. 4226-4229
      • CHAPTER 10. Disaster Service Workers. 4350-4355
      • CHAPTER 11. Asbestos Workers' Account
        • Article 1. General Provisions. 4401-4406
        • Article 2. Benefits. 4407-4411
        • Article 3. Collections. 4412-4418
    • PART 2. Computation of Compensation
      • CHAPTER 1. Average Earnings. 4451-4459
      • CHAPTER 2. Compensation Schedules
        • Article 1. General Provisions. 4550-4558
        • Article 2. Medical and Hospital Treatment. 4600-4614.1
        • Article 2.3. Medical Provider Networks. 4616-4616.7
        • Article 2.5. Medical-legal Expenses. 4620-4628
        • Article 3. Disability Payments. 4650-4664
        • Article 4. Death Benefits. 4700-4709
        • Article 4.5. Public Official Death Benefits. 4720-4728
        • Article 5. Subsequent Injuries Payments. 4751-4755
        • Article 6. Special Payments to Certain Persons. 4800-4820
        • Article 7. City Police and Firemen, Sheriffs, and Others. 4850-4856
    • PART 3. Compensation Claims
      • CHAPTER 1. Payment and Assignment. 4900-4909.1
      • CHAPTER 2. Compromise and Release. 5000-5006
      • CHAPTER 3. Lump Sum Payments. 5100-5106
    • PART 3.5. Arbitration. 5270-5278
    • PART 4. Compensation Proceedings
      • CHAPTER 1. Jurisdiction. 5300-5318
      • CHAPTER 2. Limitations of Proceedings. 5400-5413
      • CHAPTER 2.3. Workers' Compensation--truth in Advertising. 5430-5434
      • CHAPTER 2.5. Administrative Assistance. 5450-5455
      • CHAPTER 3. Applications and Answers. 5500-5507
      • CHAPTER 4. Attachments. 5600-5603
      • CHAPTER 5. Hearings. 5700-5710
      • CHAPTER 6. Findings and Awards. 5800-5816
      • CHAPTER 7. Reconsideration and Judicial Review
        • Article 1. Reconsideration. 5900-5911
        • Article 2. Judicial Review. 5950-5956
        • Article 3. Undertaking on Stay Order. 6000-6002
  • DIVISION 4.5. Workers' Compensation and Insurance: State Employees Not Otherwise Covered
    • CHAPTER 1. General Provisions. 6100-6101
    • CHAPTER 2. Direct Payments. 6110-6115
    • CHAPTER 3. Insurance. 6130-6131
    • CHAPTER 4. Benefits and Procedure. 6140-6149
  • DIVISION 4.7. Retraining and Rehabilitation. 6200-6208
  • DIVISION 5. Safety in Employment
    • PART 1. Occupational Safety and Health
      • CHAPTER 1. Jurisdiction and Duties. 6300-6332
      • CHAPTER 2. Education and Research. 6350-6359
      • CHAPTER 2.5. Hazardous Substances Information and Training
        • Article 1. General Provisions. 6360-6363
        • Article 2. Definitions. 6365-6374
        • Article 3. Hazardous Substances. 6380-6386
        • Article 4. Duties. 6390-6399.2
        • Article 5. Liability and Remedies. 6399.5-6399.7
      • CHAPTER 3. Responsibilities and Duties of Employers and Employees. 6400-6413.5
      • CHAPTER 4. Penalties. 6423-6436
      • CHAPTER 5. Temporary Variances. 6450-6457
      • CHAPTER 6. Permit Requirements. 6500-6510
      • CHAPTER 7. Appeal Proceedings. 6600-6633
      • CHAPTER 8. Enforcement of Civil Penalties. 6650-6652
      • CHAPTER 9. Miscellaneous Safety Provisions. 6700-6719
    • PART 2. Safeguards on Railroads
      • CHAPTER 1. Jurisdiction. 6800-6802
      • CHAPTER 2. Operation Personnel. 6900-6910
      • CHAPTER 3. Safety Devices. 6950-6956
      • CHAPTER 4. Trains. 7000
    • PART 3. Safety on Buildings
      • CHAPTER 1. Buildings Under Construction or Repair
        • Article 1. Floors and Walls. 7100-7110
        • Article 2. Scaffolding. 7150-7158
        • Article 3. Construction Elevators. 7200-7205
        • Article 4. Structural Steel Framed Buildings. 7250-7267
      • CHAPTER 2. Elevators, Escalators, Platform and Stairway Chair Lifts, Dumbwaiters, Moving Walks, Automated People Movers, and other Conveyances. 7300-7324.2
      • CHAPTER 3. Safety Devices Upon Buildings to Safeguard Window Cleaners. 7325-7332
      • CHAPTER 4. Aerial Passenger Tramways. 7340-7357
      • CHAPTER 5. Cranes
        • Article 1. Permits for Tower Cranes. 7370-7374
        • Article 2. Certification. 7375-7384
    • PART 4. Mining Industries
      • CHAPTER 3. Underground Telephones. 7500-7501
    • PART 5. Ships and Vessels. 7600-7611
    • PART 6. Tanks and Boilers
      • CHAPTER 1. Scope of Chapter and General Provisions. 7620-7626
      • CHAPTER 2. Administration. 7650-7655
      • CHAPTER 3. Operation of Tanks and Boilers. 7680-7692
      • CHAPTER 4. Inspection Fees. 7720-7728
      • CHAPTER 5. Offenses. 7750
      • CHAPTER 6. Mismanagement of Steam Boilers. 7770-7771
    • PART 7. Volatile Flammable Liquids. 7800-7803
    • PART 7.5. Refinery and Chemical Plants
      • CHAPTER 1. General. 7850-7853
      • CHAPTER 2. Process Safety Management Standards. 7855-7870
    • PART 8. Amusement Rides Safety Law. 7900-7919
    • PART 8.1. Permanent Amusement Ride Safety Inspection Program. 7920-7932
    • PART 9. Tunnel and Mine Safety
      • CHAPTER 1. Tunnels and Mines. 7950-7964.5
      • CHAPTER 2. Gassy and Extrahazardous Tunnels. 7965-7985
      • CHAPTER 3. Licensing and Penalties. 7990-8004
    • PART 10. Use of Carcinogens
      • CHAPTER 1. General Provisions and Definitions. 9000-9009
      • CHAPTER 2. Exemptions. 9015
      • CHAPTER 3. Standards and Administration. 9020-9022
      • CHAPTER 4. Reporting. 9030-9032
      • CHAPTER 5. Medical Examinations. 9040
      • CHAPTER 6. Inspections. 9050-9052
      • CHAPTER 7. Penalties. 9060-9061
    • PART 11. Commercial Establishments
      • CHAPTER 1. Working Warehouses. 9100-9104

General Provisions.

Section 1

This act shall be known as the Labor Code.

Section 2

The provisions of this code, in so far as they are substantially the same as existing provisions relating to the same subject matter, shall be construed as restatements and continuations thereof and not as new enactments.

Section 3

All persons who, at the time this code goes into effect, hold office under any of the acts repealed by this code, which offices are continued by this code, continue to hold the same according to the former tenure thereof.

Section 4

No action or proceeding commenced before this code takes effect, and no right accrued, is affected by the provisions of this code, but all procedure thereafter taken therein shall conform to the provisions of this code so far as possible.

Section 5

Unless the context otherwise requires, the general provisions hereinafter set forth shall govern the construction of this code.

Section 6

Division, part, chapter, article, and section headings contained herein shall not be deemed to govern, limit, modify or in any manner affect the scope, meaning, or intent of the provisions of any division, part, chapter, article, or section hereof.

Section 7

Whenever, by the provisions of this code, an administrative power is granted to a public officer or a duty imposed upon such an officer, the power may be exercised or the duty performed by a deputy of the officer or by a person authorized pursuant to law.

Section 8

Writing includes any form of recorded message capable of comprehension by ordinary visual means. Whenever any notice, report, statement or record is required by this code, it shall be made in writing.

Wherever any notice or other communication is required by this code to be mailed by registered mail by or to any person or corporation, the mailing of such notice or other communication by certified mail shall be deemed to be a sufficient compliance with the requirements of law.

Section 9

Whenever any reference is made to any portion of this code or of any other law of this State, such reference shall apply to all amendments and additions thereto now or hereafter made.

Section 10

"Section" means a section of this code unless some other statute is specifically mentioned.

Section 11

The present tense includes the past and future tenses; and the future, the present.

Section 12

The masculine gender includes the feminine and neuter.

Section 12.1

The Legislature hereby declares its intent that the terms "man" or "men" where appropriate shall be deemed "person" or "persons" and any references to the terms "man" or "men" in sections of this code be changed to "person" or "persons" when such code sections are being amended for any purpose. This section is declaratory and not amendatory of existing law.

Section 13

The singular number includes the plural, and the plural the singular.