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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 →


Are You Entitled to Paid Sick Leave in California?

Posted on: April 8, 2020

If you meet eligibility requirements, your employer must provide paid sick leave. As the coronavirus pandemic continues throughout the United States, employment law issues continue to arise for individuals throughout California. In addition to unemployment compensation, there are many questions that people who have been affected by COVID-19 may have regarding their rights. This includes […] read more →


What Is a PAGA Claim?

Posted on: April 3, 2020

By filing a PAGA claim, you can act as a private attorney general. In the not-too-distant past, there were few laws in place to protect workers. Employees were locked into factories, children worked long hours in dangerous conditions, and workers often were paid exceptionally low wages for hard work. Fortunately, that reality changed — and […] read more →


Coronavirus and the Law: What Are Your Rights as an Employee?

Posted on: March 16, 2020

Both California and federal law offer certain protections. The United States has declared a state of emergency in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. During this time, many businesses are shutting down, and others are directing employees to work from home. All Americans have been encouraged to engage in social distancing. Californians are rightfully concerned […] read more →


New Report Shows Surge in Pedestrian Traffic Deaths

Posted on: February 21, 2020

6,590 pedestrians died after being hit by motor vehicles in 2019. In 2020, our cars are more technologically advanced than ever before. We have navigation systems, back-up cameras, and even sensors that alert us of possible hazards. Yet despite all of these features — many of which come standard on modern cars — more pedestrians […] read more →


What Is Immigration Retaliation?

Posted on: February 18, 2020

Threatening immigration action if you speak up about illegal practices is illegal under California law. Like many states, California’s economy is dependent on immigrants. Both undocumented individuals and people with green cards and visas make up a large share of the California economy. In particular, undocumented people take on many of the dangerous or difficult […] read more →


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