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What You Need to Know About FMLA

Posted on: December 23, 2016

The Family Medical Leave Act gives you certain protections — subject to qualifications and limits. If you’re like many Americans, you have likely heard of the Family Medical Leave Act (commonly called FMLA), but may not understand what the law is — or how it does and does not protect you as an employee. FMLA […] read more →

Are Temporary Workers Entitled to Workers’ Compensation?

Posted on: December 21, 2016

California has extended workers’ compensation protection to temporary workers, with some exceptions. Across California, temporary employees are common in the agriculture, construction and the retail industry (particularly over the holidays!). But with the rise in temporary workers, the question often becomes what rights these employees have.  If they’re hurt on the job, for example, are […] read more →

What Is The Difference Between a 504 and an IEP?

Posted on: December 15, 2016

Parents have fewer legal rights and schools have fewer legal obligations when a child has a 504 plan. Children with disabilities are entitled to receive assistance through the public school system in order to comply with federal law.  This assistance generally is given through a specific plan, known as either an Individualized Education Program (IEP) […] read more →

Who Pays the Costs in Employment Litigation?

Posted on: December 8, 2016

If you recovery money from your employer in an employment law case, you will likely be able to recover the costs of the litigation. In California civil cases, a prevailing party (the side that won) is typically permitted to recover costs from the losing party.  Under this law, the prevailing party is the side that […] read more →

What Is Gender Discrimination?

Posted on: December 5, 2016

If an employer takes a negative action against an employee because of their gender, that employee may be able to file a claim for gender discrimination. Both California law and federal law prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex and gender. While workplaces have evolved quite a bit since these laws were first enacted, there […] read more →

Types of Disability Benefits

Posted on: November 25, 2016

There are two main types of cash benefits available to Americans who are unable to work due to a physical or mental disability. If you have a disability and are unable to work, you may be considering filing for disability benefits.  The process can be confusing and overwhelming, and often requires the assistance of an […] read more →

Understanding The Appeals Process

Posted on: November 21, 2016

The appeals process can be lengthy and complex, and requires an understanding of special rules, procedures and deadlines. The legal system is a confusing mystery to many Americans.  You may have picked up some terms or knowledge from pop culture, but until you’ve gone through a case yourself, you may not have a real understanding […] read more →

What Happens When Someone Is Hurt While Using an App?

Posted on: November 16, 2016

The next wave of product liability actions may be against the developers of apps. This past summer, Pokemon GO was all the rage.  It was a major hit, with individuals and families across the nation heading outside to play the game.  Aside from data overages, it seemed like good, healthy fun.  But what happens if […] read more →

Can I Be Compensated for Psychiatric Work Injuries?

Posted on: November 11, 2016

If you suffer a mental health injury from your work, you may be entitled to receive California workers’ compensation. Most people experience some level of stress or anxiety about their jobs.  That is fairly typical.  However, if something occurs at your job that leads to a psychiatric diagnosis — and you can demonstrate that it […] read more →

What Is A Hostile Work Environment?

Posted on: November 7, 2016

In order for a work environment to be considered hostile, the actions of your fellow workers must be severe — and based on something about you that is protected by law. Many employees have heard the term “ hostile work environment” through TV shows, newspapers or other forms of pop culture.  But what exactly does […] read more →

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