What Are an Employee’s Rights After Job Termination?

Being terminated from your job can be frightening and stressful. You may be unsure how you will pay your bills and what you need to do about health insurance and other benefits.  You may wonder if you are being laid off: what are my rights? The same is true if your employer suddenly issues a termination of employment letter. You...

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Is There a Limit to How Much Reasonable Accommodation Can Cost?

Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws, employees with disabilities enjoy a number of protections that permit them to pursue fulfilling careers. One of these important protections is the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation to help them perform essential functions at work.  Reasonable accommodation can include the following and more: Adjusting office layout to...

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What Is Third-Party Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a problem that’s as destructive as it is pervasive.  As a form of sex discrimination, it is illegal under federal law outlined by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. At the state level, it is prohibited by the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and recent legislation expanded sexual harassment training requirements. ...

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What Is My Employer Allowed to Deduct from My Pay?

As an employee, you know how important each cent is in your paycheck. That’s why most people, including you, would be skeptical if strange deductions you don’t recognize started appearing on your pay stubs. Employers in California are allowed to make certain deductions from their employees’ gross earnings, but these must be authorized by law or with the expressed consent...

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California Drastically Expands Coverage for Employee Leave

California Governor Gavin Newson on Sept. 17 signed Senate Bill No. 1383, which scraps the current California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and eliminates the California New Parent Leave Act in favor of a new CFRA with expanded protections and coverage for employees. The newly minted CFRA, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021, is a drastic expansion of...

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What Qualifies as Sexual Harassment?

It is illegal for an employer, supervisor, or coworker to harass another employer because of their sex. It should be no surprise, then, that this is known as sexual harassment. While people may sometimes think of sexual harassment as something separate from discrimination, it’s actually a form of sex discrimination. So, what really qualifies as sexual harassment? Chances are whatever...

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Are Independent Contractors Protected by Employment Laws?

Independent contractors are typically workers who are considered to be in business for themselves. Other companies typically hire independent contractors to fulfill special roles or provide skills the employer’s workforce currently lacks. Because they are considered to be operating their own businesses, independent contractors are also considered free from certain expectations, such as abiding by a set schedule or being...

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What Is a Hostile Work Environment?

“Hostile work environment” is an employment law term most people are familiar with but may not really understand what it entails. Like other employment law terms, such as harassment and discrimination, it’s important to have a clear grasp of what these all mean and how they may – or may not – apply to a situation you’ve experienced at work....

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Debunked: 10 Myths about Sexual Harassment at Work

When you think about sexual harassment at work, as a concept, what comes to mind? Chances are your immediate association involves a male supervisor engaging in some sort of sexual misconduct with a female subordinate. This association isn’t inherently wrong, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s the extent of what sexual harassment can look like in the modern American...

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Can I Be Fired for Reporting COVID-19 Safety Violations?

Understanding Your Employee Rights Though COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world and transform how we live our lives, many sectors of the economy are returning to work. Because transmission remains a very real possibility, workplaces are required to maintain new levels of mitigating safety measures to protect both customers and employees. Still, some employees have discovered corners are being...

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