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What Are Common Illegal Reasons to Be Fired?

Posted on: May 26, 2020

Wrongful termination can happen in a number of ways. Under California law, most employees are considered at-will. In general terms, this means that employees can leave their jobs whenever they want, and employers can fire these same employees for any reason…unless reason happens to be illegal under state or federal law. Too often, employees are […] read more →

Mistakes to Avoid in Filing for SSDI Benefits

Posted on: May 19, 2020

These errors may lead to a denial of your application. If you are unable to work due to a disability, then you may be considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, or SSDI. These benefits are offered through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Individuals who meet certain criteria, including having paid into the system and […] read more →

New Executive Order Makes It Easier to Get Workers’ Compensation for COVID-19

Posted on: May 15, 2020

Employees who meet the criteria will no longer have to prove that they contracted coronavirus at work. As coronavirus sweeps across the nation, millions of Americans have switched to working remotely. Yet for many employees who have been deemed “essential,” this simply isn’t an option, as their work requires them to be at their job […] read more →

Real World Examples of Employment Discrimination

Posted on: May 12, 2020

Discrimination can take many forms — and may be the basis of a lawsuit. Discriminating against employees because of who they are — their race, gender, religion, or other characteristics — is illegal under both federal and state law. Yet all too often, workers face discrimination, such as being fired, not being promoted, or even […] read more →

What Is Failure to Promote?

Posted on: May 5, 2020

Refusing to promote an employee for an illegal reason is against the law. Mark has been working for his boss for 10 years. During that time, he has never gotten a promotion, while other, less qualified, employees are promoted time and time again. Mark is one of the few black employees at his company, and […] read more →

California Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19

Posted on: April 28, 2020

What you need to know about eligibility for benefits during the pandemic Across California, millions of people are working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But many others have no choice but to go to work at their regular job site. Essential workers are exempt from the governor’s shelter-in-place order. First responders, […] read more →

What Laws Protect You If You Are Working From Home?

Posted on: April 27, 2020

California labor laws still apply to working from home. In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a shelter-in-place order for all Californians. Under this order, residents should remain at home except to go to work at an essential business, secure necessities, or get exercise outdoors. Even before this order was issued, […] read more →

If Your Employer Searches You When You Leave Work, Are You Entitled to Be Paid for Your Time?

Posted on: April 21, 2020

Waiting for and undergoing mandatory exit searches is considered compensable time. In many stores, warehouses, and other businesses, employees are required to undergo searches before leaving. In many ways, this policy makes sense, although it can be dehumanizing; it may prevent the theft of goods from the store or warehouse. However, employees were often made […] read more →

Are Service Charges Considered Tips?

Posted on: April 14, 2020

A new California court decision found that in some situations, service charges may be considered tips. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans than ever before are relying on deliveries of goods and services. Instacart, Postmates, Shipt and similar businesses are overwhelmed with requests for deliveries as individuals comply with stay-at-home orders and […] read more →

How Coronavirus Is Impacting the Fight Over AB5

Posted on: April 10, 2020

Gig economy workers are more important than ever. In 2019, California passed Assembly Bill 5 (AB5). This law codifies a test that was adopted by the California Supreme Court, the ABC Test. In essence, it serves to ensure that companies cannot misclassify employees as independent contractors in order to avoid paying them benefits. AB5 went […] read more →

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