California Employment Contract Templates

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A California employment contract agreement is a written agreement that has been agreed upon by an employer and their employee which outlines the terms and conditions of employment. An employment agreement typically includes clauses such as income, benefits, sick days, vacation, duties, employment period, and things of that nature. Employees who are given more responsibility and have greater access to information relating to the employer and the business’s confidential information will most likely have to sign contract agreements containing non-disclosure and non-compete clauses included therein. A breach of agreement will almost certainly result in the employee’s immediate termination and could lead to legal action pursued by the employer and punitive damages rewarded thereto.

LawsCalifornia Labor Code

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By Type (4)


Employee Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) – Agreement intended to safeguard an employer’s confidential information and trade secrets.

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Employee Non-Compete Agreement – Agreement prohibiting an employee to use the employer’s information and trade secrets to start a business or aid an existing business within the same field with the intent of directly competing with the employer.

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Independent Contractor Agreement – Agreement summarizing the rights and obligations of a client and a hired independent contractor.

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Subcontractor Agreement – Agreement summarizing the rights and obligations of a contractor and a hired subcontractor.

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What is an Employee?

“Employee” Definition LAB § 3351

At-Will Employment

At-Will Employment – Allowed with the exception of any “Public Policy,” “Implied Contracts,” and “Good-Faith” understandings.

Income Tax Rate (Individual)

Individual Income Tax Rate – 1% to 9.3% (RTC § 17041)

Minimum Wage ($/hr)

Minimum Wage – $11.00 – $14.00 (LAB § 1182.12)

For any employer who employs 26 or more employees, the minimum wage is as follows:

  • From January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019: $12.00
  • From January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020: $13.00
  • From January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021: $14.00
  • From January 1, 2022, and until adjusted by subdivision (c): $15.00

For employers with 25 or fewer employees, the minimum wage is as follows:

  • From January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019: $11.00
  • From January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020: $12.00
  • From January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021: $13.00
  • From January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022: $14.00
  • From January 1, 2023, and until adjusted by subdivision (c): $15.00

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