California Enacts Female Gender Quotas for Public Companies Headquartered in the State: California Becomes First State to Attempt to Require Female Representation on the Boards of Directors of Publicly Traded Companies Headquartered in the State (Even if Incorporated in Another State)

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - October 1, 2018

On September 30, 2018, Governor Brown of California signed into law a bill, SB-826, to require female representation on the boards of directors of publicly traded companies who identify as being headquartered in the state.  SB-826 makes California the first state to attempt to enact female gender quotas for boards of directors.  SB-826 will become effective on January 1, 2019 and will require companies subject to the legislation to comply with the first phase of requirements (requiring boards of directors to have at least one female member) no later than December 31, 2019.