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September 20, 2022
The Ninth Circuit just ruled that a retaliation-wrongful termination claim is viable under Title IX where an employee’s contract is not renewed in response to the employee’s gender-based complaint. Carroll College...
June 20, 2022
The California Supreme Court recently confirmed that when an employer fails to provide a meal or rest period to an employee, or causes them to be missed/interrupted/shortened, then the employer must pay the employee an...
March 19, 2022
Contracts to Cheat. A worker who has a license, or works for someone who has a license, is presumed to be an employee under California Labor Code 2750.5. The type of license referenced is one required under Chapter 9 o...
March 5, 2022
The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has cited Terranea Resort $3.3 million for allegedly failing to offer job positions to 53 employees once the resort reopened. These employees were laid off during the COVID-...
December 31, 2021
A new California law going into effect in 2022, known as the Garment Worker Protection Act, eliminates the piece rate compensation system for garment manufacturers. A piece rate system pays garment workers by the numbe...
December 17, 2021
It is only natural that people will have different strengths and weaknesses that can be applied accordingly to various employment positions. There is nothing wrong with employers utilizing people in various ways based on the skillsets they possess....
December 15, 2021
On Jan. 1, 2022, California’s Minimum Wage will increase to $15 per hour for Large Employers, and $14 per hour for Small Employers. Some cities and counties have a local minimum wage that is higher than the state rat...
December 6, 2021
Employers can’t treat employees in any way they desire. There are laws on the books that limit what employees have to deal with while they’re at work. For example, employers cannot retaliate against an employee because they took a protected actio...
September 24, 2021
Some workplaces go all-out for Halloween. In addition to decorating every square inch of space and providing copious quantities of sweets, there are often costume contests. As people try to outdo their co-workers in that area, they often throw cautio...
September 11, 2021
Silicon Valley is synonymous with technology and the computer industry. Many big-name companies like Apple, IBM, and Intel were born in Silicon Valley. The success of these companies came about due to the efforts of many skilled young workers. These...
August 30, 2021
Both employees and employers need to comply with federal and state employment laws. In many states, federal laws may be the only regulations extending protections to the workers at a company. However,...
August 26, 2021
Discipline plays a role in every company’s culture. It’s common for businesses to have a specific disciplinary procedure that may involve verbal warnings, written reprimands and even unpaid leaves of absence before termination. Progressive disci...
August 13, 2021
You’re aware that some people find your look to be unique or even exotic, but you prefer to keep your ethnicity to yourself. Most of the time, that’s not a problem. The only exception, it seems, is when you meet someone new — like a prospective...
June 1, 2021
More people than ever are working from home or other locations. The “workplace” has become your home office, the kitchen table or maybe a vacation rental if you need a change of scenery. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean the problem of workplac...
May 18, 2021
Employees have the right to a workplace that complies with applicable laws regarding employment and safety. If the employer is violating any laws, codes, or restrictions employees should feel comforta...
May 4, 2021
Most people have a general idea of what constitutes sexual harassment, but they don’t always realize that same-sex sexual harassment is also an issue. B...
April 27, 2021
In California, you may want to use an arbitration agreement when hiring employees. This is because the arbitration agreement requires you to go before an arbitrator, not the court, in the case of a dispute. It is not against the law to include an...
April 19, 2021
As a new mother, you may wonder how you will handle feeding your baby when you return to work. People can have strong opinions about a mother taking out her breasts in public, despite it being natural. California law makes things clear. Women may...