What Is Whistleblower Retaliation?

When public and private employers attempt to skirt the law for personal gain or company profit, there’s always the risk of wide and far-reaching consequences for the public at large. Such can be the case when a company dumps an illegal amount of waste into a nearby waterway, or a police department that fails reprimand officers for illegal conduct. When...

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What Are California’s Overtime Laws?

If you’re an employee who’s working for a wage as a non-exempt employee, you are more than likely eligible for overtime pay. For many employees, earning overtime pay is a necessary requirement to make ends meet in their lives. Without it, bills can go unpaid and basic luxuries others readily take for granted must be relinquished. It goes without saying,...

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What Does Discrimination at Work Look Like?

People often say they know what discrimination at work looks like even if they can’t exactly define it, but sometimes it’s not that simple. Just as with any other kind of discrimination, there are ways your rights could be violated in covert ways that not even you may readily recognize. Who Can Be Discriminated Against? If you’re trying to understand...

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FAQ: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus dubbed COVID-19 is as historical as the world’s reaction to it and the countermeasures implemented to combat its spread. The number of cases in California topped just over 1,000 by March 20, which may put the state’s sick leave laws to task as the number of cases continues to swell. In the midst of...

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How Is Sexual Harassment Different From Sexual Assault?

Both sexual assault and sexual harassment are forms of abuse that should never be tolerated. It’s good to know that there are distinctions between the two types of abuse. Read on to learn how to distinguish between sexual harassment versus sexual assault. Sexual Harassment According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sexual harassment includes the following: Unwanted sexual advancesRequisitions...

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Can Sexual Harassment Be Verbal?

If you’re receiving unwanted sexual gestures from someone you work with, you may have questions regarding whether sexual harassment can be verbal. Read on to learn the answer, and more. Sexual Harassment Defined In short, yes. Sexual harassment in the workplace can be verbal, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to the EEOC, “It is unlawful...

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What Most People Misunderstand about Hostile Work Environments

Most people have common misconceptions about what a hostile work environment looks like. They may picture a boss yelling and screaming obscenities at an employee, or they might imagine bullying and teasing from coworkers. These aren’t inherently incorrect depictions of what a hostile work environment could look like, but they’re devoid of the factors that would legally make them so....

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Should Employees Get Paid for Idle Time at Work?

Sydney works at a small local retailer in Los Angeles. It’s the early afternoon on a Friday, and there’s not much business. Sydney has just returned from a meal break when her manager tells Sydney to clock out until business is expected to pick up around 6 p.m. He says she can do whatever she wants as long as she...

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Are There Limits to At-Will Employment in California?

California is among the majority of states that recognize at-will employment. Typically outlined in employment agreements, at-will employment essentially allows employers to terminate someone’s job for almost any reason or no reason at all. Likewise, at-will employees can leave their jobs at any time without notice or an obligation to complete projects. This might come as a shock to some,...

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What You Need to Know About California Employment Law in 2020

New Year’s Eve: a time to reflect back and look ahead. Many of us will celebrate the beginning of a new decade by partying with friends and family, as well as making resolutions for a better year. In the midst of the celebrations, employers and employees alike are planning for a host of changes to California employment law. To help...

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