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Can I Take Leave for Alcohol or Drug Rehab in California?

Posted on: September 19, 2019

If you voluntarily seek treatment, you have certain rights under California law In 2019, we know much more about drug and alcohol addiction than we did before. For example, we know that it is a disease — and that there are ways to recover. In California, if you choose to seek help for an addiction […] read more →


Facebook Ads Used to Exclude Women and Older Workers

Posted on: September 17, 2019

Companies used Facebook’s targeting function to exclude people by age or gender Facebook has become omnipresent in our lives, with millions of Americans checking in on the social media site daily for news, updates for friends — and even job postings. Unfortunately, an option by Facebook to allow users to “target” their ads based on […] read more →


Can You Get Temporary SSDI Benefits?

Posted on: September 13, 2019

While you can’t get disability benefits temporarily, you may have options to get them on a short-term basis. If you have a disability that prevents you from being able to work, you may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) offers benefits to individuals with disabilities (and some […] read more →


What Does a Vocational Expert Do at a SSDI Hearing?

Posted on: September 6, 2019

This expert witness plays an important role at many SSDI hearings. Applying for benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be a complicated — and confusing — process. Like most government agencies, the SSA has its own set of rules, regulations, and procedures. This includes a special process for filing an appeal and going […] read more →


How to Win a SSDI Hearing

Posted on: August 29, 2019

Top tips on how to put your best foot forward  If the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies your initial application for Social Security disability benefits (more commonly known as SSDI), you have the right to file an appeal. If your initial request is denied, then you can ask for a hearing, which will be held […] read more →


California Seeks to Make Rule Regarding Independent Contractors into Law

Posted on: August 26, 2019

Assembly Bill 5 would make the ABC Test law  In 2018, the California Supreme Court adopted a new standard — known as the “ABC Test” to determine whether a worker was an employee or an independent contractor for purposes of a wage order.  This ruling was considered extremely favorable to workers, and as a result, […] read more →


Will a Webcam Help Prevent Elder Abuse for Your Loved Ones — or Just Invade Their Privacy?

Posted on: August 16, 2019

While these cameras may offer safety, they can also compromise privacy  According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, there are as many as 6 million cases of elder abuse in the United States annually.  As many as 11 percent of these cases occur in California — or approximately 660,000 incidents.  If you have a […] read more →


U.S. Women’s Soccer, Fair Pay — and You

Posted on: August 13, 2019

While the team may be struggling to achieve equal pay, California has laws in place to achieve wage equality  If you’re a sports fan, you may have watched as the U.S. Women’s National Team won the World Cup this summer in France.  Behind the scenes, there was turmoil — as the team had sued U.S. […] read more →


New Law Protects Workers from Smoke Inhalation

Posted on: August 9, 2019

An emergency regulation requires employers to ensure safe workplaces  In the past year, California has seen its share of devastating wildfires.  These fires seem to be continuing at a record pace across the state, leading to dangerous conditions for those who fight the fires as well as those who live and work near the wildfires.  […] read more →


Trump Administration Argues Against Protections for LGBTQ Workers

Posted on: August 6, 2019

Department of Justice lawyers argue that gay and transgender workers are not protected by the Civil Rights Act While sexual orientation and gender identity are not explicitly protected by federal civil rights law, in recent years, courts across the country have found that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects these traits. […] read more →


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