California State Law vs. Los Angeles Area Law
Must an employer covered by Los Angeles Area Law Have to comply with State of California Law if it has only one employee?
Thanks for your question. There are federal labor laws, state laws, and then some cities (like LA) have their own labor laws. You have to comply with the most strict version. I’m not sure which requirements, in particular, you’re referring to — sick leave, overtime, break time, labor law posters, pay stubs? Many apply if you have ANY employees.
Other’s kick in when you reach a threshold such as 10 or 50 employees. In addition, some laws have industry caveats — such as overtime for home health workers which is paid differently than most CA overtime. Your best bet when it comes to city-specific labor law is to talk to a labor law attorney (we can’t provide legal advice). In the meantime, here’s a link to CA Labor law page and some of our other articles where you may be able to find more info specific to your state, and laws in general.