Dangers and Risks While Working in a Warehouse

Almost all jobs have occupational hazards, and working in a warehouse is no different, especially since warehouse work comes with an array of risks. Working in a warehouse may expose you to injuries such as strains, sprains, and overexertions from harmful substances to heavy loads. Common Causes of Warehouse Injuries in California While working at warehouses, workers perform various tasks,...

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Are Farmer and Agricultural Workers Eligible for Workers’ Compensation? 

Yes, every farmworker in Ventura and across California is entitled to workers' comp coverage, whether they are immigrants or seasonal workers. California law mandates that all employers provide workers' compensation benefits, regardless of the number of workers involved. Unfortunately, only a few jurisdictions provide compensation benefits to farm employees who sustain workplace injuries. Luckily, California is one of these states....

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Understanding Your Rights as a Pregnant Employee in California

The California Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination against employees on the basis of pregnancy or childbirth. While pregnancy poses its own set of unique challenges, from medical tests to doctor visits and potential complications, pregnancy should be a memorable experience for any woman. Therefore, they should not have to worry that their pregnancy will cost them employment.  No employer should...

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What Can I Do If I Was Misclassified as an Independent Contractor?

If your employer misclassifies you as an independent contractor, you could suffer financial harm. You may also lose certain benefits that could negatively impact your retirement and future plans.  Employers are required by law to classify workers correctly. Employers who intentionally misclassify an employee could be sued by the employee and face fines from the government.  Why is the Correct...

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Difference Between Lawyer and Attorney

If you need legal advice, you may search for an attorney. You may also see references to lawyers. Is there a difference? In the United States, the terms “lawyer” and “attorney” are generally used interchangeably. However, the traditional definitions of these words have a significant difference.  Lawyers and attorneys have studied law and obtained a legal degree. Historically, a lawyer...

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What Are My Rights as an Employee in California?

Federal employment laws protect employees throughout the United States from unfair and illegal actions by employers. In addition to federal employment laws, California labor laws protect employee rights throughout the state. Employers who violate California employee rights can be subject to stiff penalties. Is California a Right to Work State? California employment law presumes that employees are employed at will....

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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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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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Are There Limitations to At-Will Employment?

Most employees throughout the United States are more than likely considered to be employed at-will. That’s because an at-will employment doctrine is adopted in some form by 49 states, Montana being the exception. This makes it important to understand not just what at-will employment means, but what its limitations are. So, what is at-will employment? Most people tend to have...

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