Benefits of Membership

The benefits your company will gain from joining the California Employment Law Council far outweigh the membership fee. Membership is quite simply the most efficient and cost-effective way to stay up to date on the many complexities and nuances of California employment law — whether your business is located in the state of California or outside. Your company’s membership fee includes all the following benefits:

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Sharing best practices with over 75 of California’s major employers

“We sent out an email to CELC members about a particular policy issue, and got many helpful responses.”


Need a sounding board on an employment issue? Want to learn how peer companies are thinking about a particular challenge? Our thoughtful and sophisticated members can help. Your company’s in-house counsel, human resources practitioners, and other professionals will benefit from discussing issues with peers, benchmarking best practices, mapping the legal landscape, and more. Through CELC, you can build legal and HR networking opportunities of substance.

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Amicus briefs

“CELC’s amicus brief supporting our petition for review was extremely helpful in obtaining review — CELC’s brief on the merits was outstanding.”


CELC proactively files sophisticated amicus briefs in major California employment court cases. Members can access these briefs, each of which provides invaluable research and arguments on the key issues involved. In addition, CELC will file an amicus brief for any member company as long as the position taken is consistent with the interests of CELC members.

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Access to CELC’s legislative counsel

As a CELC member, you receive full phone access to our legislative counsel Mike Belote of California Advocates, Inc. You also will receive access to the firm’s website, where you can receive informative updates on pending legislation and more — at no cost.

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Quarterly briefings on key issues

At our quarterly briefings, you will hear presentations on current issues and trends from partners at California’s leading management employment law firms — and have access to these experts as well. Attend in person or by phone.

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Annual meeting and educational event

“The CELC meetings are always cutting edge, informative and comprehensive on California employment law issues.”

Wells Fargo Bank

Considered the finest event of its kind, this annual program features presentations from some of the most noted management-employment lawyers and employment professionals in California, and addresses a wide variety of current employment issues. Many companies view this as a prime training opportunity, especially given the opportunity to interact with leading practitioners in the field. Members may send as many individuals as they wish to this event.*

*Nominal charges may apply to cover venue and meals.

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Summer Educational Program for Attorneys and Human Resources Professionals

“I have made good business contacts and even better friends through CELC. The relationships are with people who share my day-to-day concerns and issues.”


Each summer in June, we conduct a special educational program for attorneys and human resources professionals whose companies are members of CELC. This program is designed to support your staff development efforts. Examples of past programs are "Lawful Diversity Equity and Inclusion Programs"; "California's New Privacy Law"; "Regular Rate of Pay and Other Hot Wage & Hour Issues"; "Sexual Harassment & Other Workplace Investigations"; "Tips and Strategies for Effectively Managing Leaves and Accommodation Requests".

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Updates on breaking issues

“The opportunity for legal advice from the top firms in California is by itself worth the very low dues.”

Big 5 Sporting Goods

You will receive frequent memoranda from our general counsel and advice from our law firm associate members about breaking issues in California law.

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Why Your Company Should Join the CELC

We invite your company to join today.