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Lawsuit challenges independent contractor status in California

Employment is a privilege, and employees of all kinds are granted specific rights under United States and California law. These laws guarantee paid wages, safe worksites and other basic requirements of security and confidence of workers, managers and customers.

New laws increase employee protections in California

California employers, especially those in small businesses, woke up on January 1, 2018, to a variety of new laws and restrictions designed to improve employee rights. Although the responsibility of managers and employers is significantly higher, the laws are considered vital to employee safety and satisfaction.

Updates to California law target employment discrimination

Smart employers know that the key to a happy and successful workplace is an environment in which all people and groups feel safe and respected. Diversity has long been the key to the innovation that powers American industry, and equal treatment of diverse groups is the soil in which this innovation grows.

Lawsuit against California has bizarre conclusion

A strange legal situation has ended a family's legal claim against a California state department and has left several legal experts baffled. The survivors of a man killed on the job ceased their claim against the state after an obscure law blocked their chances of success.

New California city code protects new mothers in the workplace

Many groups of Californian workers require extra legal protection to ensure they are treated fairly in the workplace. All workers in the state and elsewhere in the nation deserve equal access to work opportunities and the ability to meaningfully engage in their work.

How to file an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint

Workplaces are supposed to be fair, safe places where people go five or more days per week to earn a living. These places have policies in effect that protect employees from discrimination involving age, sex, religion, race, creed, disability and more. There are times when issues arise that require a complaint to be filed with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

How do I spot employment discrimination?

Employment discrimination is against the law, no matter the industry or the company. When it comes to discriminating against potential employees or current employees, companies can face serious fines and penalties, including lawsuits from individuals or groups if it occurs. Here's how you can spot employment discrimination at your workplace.

Wage and hour violations and workers' rights in California

Under California law, hourly employees are required to receive time-and-a-half pay after working eight hours in a day. Employees are also required to receive time-and-a-half pay to employees who work seven straight days in a workweek. California law also mandates double-pay for employees who work more than 12 hours a day, or employees who work more than eight hours on the seventh straight day in a work week. There are exceptions to these laws, but generally speaking, hourly employees and even many salaried employees in California are entitled to overtime pay.

Understanding how California's whistleblower act works

Whistleblower laws serve the purpose of protecting employees who report an employer's violation of the law or public's trust from being retaliated against for doing so. While most states have whistleblower laws in place that protect public employees from being fired for reporting this type of crime, very few states also protect private employees. California is one of few states that protect both types of employees though.


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