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Can I Sue If I Was Fired for Being a Whistleblower?

Posted on: October 31, 2020

Whistleblowers are protected under California law The term “whistleblower” is commonly used, particularly in big news stories. A government employee might blow the whistle on fraud and corruption, for example, taking down high ranking officials and causing a nationwide media circus. Yet whistleblowing happens on a much smaller level as well. As a California employment […] read more →

Is My Employer Required to Have Workers’ Compensation Insurance in California?

Posted on: October 30, 2020

Most employers are required to carry workers’ comp insurance Workers’ compensation is a system of insurance that is designed to ensure that workers who are hurt on the job or who develop an occupational illness get the benefits that they need to get better. Because workers’ comp is no-fault, employees don’t have to prove that […] read more →

What Happens If I’m Hurt at Work — and My Employer Doesn’t Have Workers’ Comp Insurance?

Posted on: October 28, 2020

You may be able to file a lawsuit or take advantage of a state program to cover injured workers In California, employers are required to either purchase workers’ compensation insurance or become self-insured (proving to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development that they have sufficient funds to cover workers’ compensation benefits). Workers’ compensation is […] read more →

Who Must Pay for Expenses Related to Remote Work?

Posted on: October 26, 2020

Employers may be required to pay for employees’ necessary business expenses 7 months into the pandemic, the COVID-19 health crisis shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Instead, cases are surging across the United States, including here in California. To keep employees safe, many companies switched to remote work (when possible) when the shutdown […] read more →

My Employer Fired Me for Taking Leave. Is That Illegal?

Posted on: October 24, 2020

Certain types of leave are protected under both federal and state law In life, things happen — you get sick, a family member is ill, or a loved one passes away. In California, the law protects your ability to take certain types of leave from work to handle these and other matters. If your boss […] read more →

New Laws on COVID-19 and How They Affect You

Posted on: October 20, 2020

These laws aim to protect employees who may be exposed to COVID-19 at work Since the novel coronavirus first reached the United States, more than 220,000 Americans have died and nearly 8 million people have been infected. California has been particularly hard-hit by the virus, despite measures intended to curb community spread. While many employees […] read more →

Are Online Retailers Responsible for Selling Dangerous or Defective Products?

Posted on: October 19, 2020

A recent California court decision found that an online retailer could be held responsible in a product liability case. We use hundreds or even thousands of products every day, from the food that we eat to the medicine that we take to the vehicles that we drive. We trust that if those products are on […] read more →

Is Workplace Racial Discrimination Always Obvious?

Posted on: October 16, 2020

Most employers won’t admit that their actions were motivated by discrimination In 2020, the topic of racial inequality has become a major topic of discussion, following various police shootings of Black men and women — and the subsequent protests and unrest. For some, these shootings demonstrate a pervasive pattern of racism, which is often referred […] read more →

I Have a Disability. Can I Qualify for Both SSDI and SSI?

Posted on: October 15, 2020

If you meet the criteria, you may be entitled to both SSDI and SSI In the United States, the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two forms of benefits who are unable to work due to a disability: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). While both programs offer monthly payments to individuals […] read more →

Elder Abuse on the Rise During Pandemic: How You Can Get Help

Posted on: October 13, 2020

Older Americans are at greater risk of elder abuse due to COVID-19 The novel coronavirus has had a devastating affect on the United States and the world as a whole. Here in the U.S., more than 220,000 people have died from COVID-19, and nearly 8 million people have been diagnosed with the disease. In addition, […] read more →

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