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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 →

Are You Entitled to Meal and Rest Breaks Under California Law?

Posted on: February 14, 2020

Your breaks may either be paid or unpaid. The majority of American workers are not necessarily familiar with the intricacies of federal and state labor law. However, most employees do know the basics — like getting time and a half for overtime and being able to take a meal break. If your employer isn’t forthcoming […] read more →

Will Workers’ Comp Cover Workplace-Related Anxiety or Stress?

Posted on: February 11, 2020

Eligibility will depend on whether you can prove that your diagnosis is related to work. When most people think of workers’ compensation, they likely consider workplace accidents that cause injury — like a fall from scaffolding or getting crushed by machinery. Yet workers’ compensation covers more than just serious accidents. If an employee develops an […] read more →

Can You Get Workers’ Comp If You Crash the Company Car?

Posted on: February 7, 2020

If your accident was work-related, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Being in a car accident is never a good thing. But if you’re driving the company car, it raises a whole host of issues. If you were hurt while in a crash in the company car, you will likely be able to get […] read more →

What Is Constructive Discharge?

Posted on: February 4, 2020

If you have to quit because work conditions are so intolerable, you may have a claim for constructive discharge. In some employment law cases, the fact scenario is simple. For example, Mary files a complaint for sexual harassment and is promptly fired. But in other situations, the employer doesn’t fire a worker outright. Instead, they […] read more →

California Court Holds that Truck Drivers Are Exempt from New Gig Economy Law

Posted on: January 27, 2020

Judge holds that the law violates federal trucking regulations. In 2019, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) was enacted in California. This law codifies the “ABC Test,” which is used to determine if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. This distinction is incredibly important because if a worker is an employee, they are entitled […] read more →

California Court Rules That Disability Discrimination Doesn’t Have to Be Intentional

Posted on: January 21, 2020

Even if a company does not purposefully discriminate, it may be liable for disability discrimination. If you have experienced any type of discrimination at work, it probably doesn’t matter much to you if the discrimination was intentional. After all, you are still being discriminated against — so you don’t care if your employer or coworker […] read more →

Judge Temporarily Blocks Ban on Forced Arbitration in California

Posted on: January 16, 2020

Court rules that employers would face hardship in making employment contracts if the law takes effect and is later overturned. In 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law that had been vetoed twice by previous Governor Jerry Brown. This law had a goal of making employment contracts more equitable, particularly for employees, by banning provisions […] read more →

What Is the Interactive Process for California Employment Issues?

Posted on: January 11, 2020

Employers must engage in this process to determine a reasonable accommodation. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), employers are legally obligated to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities. The question of what type of accommodations are “reasonable” can be challenging. This determination is made […] read more →

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