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California Jury Awards $29.4 Million in Talcum Powder Case

Posted on: March 19, 2019

The verdict follows other large awards in states across the U.S. Mother of two Teresa Leavitt is dying of mesothelioma, a cancer of the tissue that lines the lungs.  In a lawsuit, she stated that baby powder was used on her as a child, and that she continued to use baby powder as an adult, […] read more →

Trump Administration Wants to Use Social Media to Verify Disability Claims

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A proposal would expand the use of social media in disability determinations. In the era of social media, many of us are used to sharing — or oversharing — online.  But when it comes those who are applying for or who receive Social Security Disability benefits, keeping a tight lid on your social media activities […] read more →

California Court of Appeals Rules on Workers’ Compensation Cases Involving Pre-Existing Conditions

Posted on: February 27, 2019

Under the ruling, only the portion of the injury attributed to the work incident will be covered by workers’ compensation Many Americans have medical issues, or what are often referred to as pre-existing conditions. In most cases, these conditions are mild, and don’t impact our lives on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes, we don’t even know […] read more →

Does Your Employer Have to Reimburse You for Your Cell Phone and Mileage Expenses?

Posted on: February 25, 2019

There are a number of expenses that your employer may have to reimburse you for, if these items are necessary for you to perform your job In 2019, it isn’t uncommon to use a cell phone for work, to work remotely, or to need to travel for work. A common question that arises for many […] read more →

What Are Your Rights to Breastfeed at Work?

Posted on: February 20, 2019

California imposes a number of rules regarding lactation at work. In February, a federal jury in Delaware awarded a former employee of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) $1.5 million in damages for workplace discrimination. The employee, Autumn Lampkins, filed a lawsuit against KFC for gender discrimination and harassment. According to Lampkins, KFC made it so difficult […] read more →

Your Rights Under California’s Tip Laws

Posted on: February 15, 2019

Employers must follow specific rules regarding employees who are tipped Many workers throughout the state of California rely on tips as part of their income. From waiters and waitresses to bartenders, housecleaners, delivery drivers, cab drivers, and bell hops, many Californians receive tips in exchange for providing excellent service. Frequently, the jobs worked by tipped […] read more →

Can You Be Fired for Speaking Spanish at Work?

Posted on: February 10, 2019

Under California law, employers cannot treat employees differently because of their accent or native language. A restaurant employee in Davis, California was recently terminated from her position for a reason that may be surprising: she briefly spoke Spanish to a co-worker. Line cook Francisca Pérez exchanged a few words with waitress Janet Ruelas-Nava about whether […] read more →

What Types of Stresses Can Lead to Psychiatric Work Injuries?

Posted on: February 5, 2019

There are a number of situations at work that may lead to psychiatric injuries Increasingly, Americans recognize that illnesses are not limited to physical injuries and sicknesses. There is growing awareness of the importance of taking care of one’s mental health — and the need for effective treatment if a person suffers from a mental […] read more →

Agricultural Employees in California Entitled to Overtime

Posted on: January 31, 2019

Employees entitled to time and a half starting in January 2019 California is one of the nation’s top producers of fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products. Our state is rightfully proud of produce stamped “California Grown,” yet until recently, the workers who toil long hours under the hot sun to bring those products to market […] read more →

Employees Can Refuse to Do Dangerous Work in California

Posted on: January 27, 2019

Employers cannot retaliate against employees who refuse to do dangerous work In California, workers are protected from unsafe working conditions by the California Occupational Safety and Health Act (also known as Cal/OSHA). Unfortunately, many employees are not aware of what their rights are under Cal/OSHA, or how they can protect themselves. Cal/OSHA is the state […] read more →

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