Federal Judge Orders Norwegian Government to Pay Consulate Worker $270,000 and $2.1 million in Attorney Fees

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 May 4th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

Ellen Ewald worked in Norway’s Minneapolis consulate. She sued the Norwegian government for employment discrimination case, alleging her employer paid her $30,000 less than it paid a man doing comparable work. A United States District Court found that the Norwegian government violated the federal Equal Pay Act and the Minnesota’s Human Rights Act, and ordered [...]

EEOC Proposes Rule Pertaining to Employer Wellness Programs

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 May 1st, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law|

On April 20, 2015, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule that will change the regulations and implementation of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as related to employer wellness programs. In a nut shell, employers may use incentives to encourage employees to participate in wellness programs [...]

Supreme Court Revives Pregnancy Discrimination Case

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 April 29th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law|

On March 25, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled on behalf of Peggy Young, a former United Parcel Service (UPS) employee who sued the company for failing to accommodate her 2006 pregnancy by giving her light duty. Young now has the opportunity to pursue her discrimination claim, which had been dismissed by the United [...]

New Federal Overtime Regulations Expected Soon

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 April 28th, 2015|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

On March 13, 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to “modernize and streamline” the existing Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations, specifically with respect to the “white collar” exemptions. The Department of Labor (DOL) previously announced multiple target dates for the publication of new proposed regulations, including November 2014 and February 2015. These [...]

Former Hooters Employee Wins Case for Discrimination and Wrongful Termination

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 April 27th, 2015|Discimination, Wrongful termination|

Farryn Johnson, a former Hooters employee, sued the restaurant chain claiming the company would not allow her to work as a Hooters Girl on account of a blonde highlights in her hair. Johnson, and African-American woman, was allegedly told by a Hooters manager that “black people don’t have blonde hair.” Johnson’s case went to arbitration, [...]

Employees Sue for Being Fired for Private Text Messages

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 April 24th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law, Wrongful termination|

Victor Nascimento and Audry Yule, former Anheuser-Busch employees, are suing the company, claiming they were wrongfully terminated and their privacy rights were violated. Nascimento and Yule worked at the Anheuser-Busch’s Jersey City facility. The two had been exchanging disparaging text messages about a fellow employee, Alex Davis. The messages were sent using personal cell phones [...]

Microsoft Requires Contractors to Provide 15 Days of Paid Leave

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 April 22nd, 2015|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

Microsoft has announced that it will require most of its 2,000 contractors and vendors to provide their employees who perform work for Microsoft fifteen days of paid each year. This unique model of one company forcing other companies to adopt paid leave policies comes at a time when few American believe the federal government will [...]

Employers are Increasingly Requiring Employees to Waive Right to Bring Class Action

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 April 20th, 2015|Arbitration, Class Action, General Labor Law|

In 2011, the United States Supreme Court held in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion that companies may ban consumers from participating in class actions. While that case involved consumers, lower courts and businesses have extended the ruling to cover employees as well. Consequently, more companies are requiring employees to arbitrate serious complaints and adding provisions to [...]

Controversy over Los Angeles Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Continues

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 April 3rd, 2015|Wage and Hour|

Two hotel associations in Los Angeles have filed for injunctions to stop implementation of the Los Angeles Citywide Minimum Wage Ordinance, which is slated to raise the minimum wage for certain Los Angeles hotels to $15.37 per hour in July 2015. The new requirement will apply to hotels in Los Angeles with more than 150 [...]

Viacom Settles Lawsuit Brought by Unpaid Interns

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 April 1st, 2015|Wage and Hour|

Viacom Inc. has settled a major class-action lawsuit brought by about 12,500 former interns who claimed they were not paid, despite the fact that they did work similar to paid employees. Viacom, who owns Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, and Comedy Central, settled the case for $7.21 million. Recently, a lot of big companies, especially in the [...]

New Immigration Rule Will Benefit H-1B Worker Families

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 March 30th, 2015|General Labor Law|

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final rule that will affect employees who are working in the U.S. on an H-4 Visa. The new rule extends employment eligibility to the H-4 non-immigrant spouses of H-1B workers who are not subject to the six year limitation on stay in “H status.” The [...]

Oakland’s New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Laws are Now Effective

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 March 27th, 2015|Wage and Hour|

California employers with employees in Oakland not only need to make sure they are complying with the new statewide paid sick leave law, but also Oakland’s new minimum wage and paid sick leave law that took effect March 2, 2015. Oakland Minimum Wage Law The new minimum wage law requires that employees who work in [...]

Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Employee Religious Rights Case

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 March 25th, 2015|Discimination|

The Supreme Court of the United States recently heard oral arguments in a workplace discrimination case. The case, EEOC v. Abercrombie, centers on Samantha Elauf, who was denied employment at an Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2008. Elauf, a practicing Muslim, applied for a position as a model at the Abercrombie store, but [...]

Wal-Mart to Increase Employee Wages

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 March 23rd, 2015|Wage and Hour|

Responding to long-term pressure on insufficient employee wages and hours, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has announced that it will be raising its wages and give workers more predictable work hours. The announcement has reignited the debate about increasing the Federal minimum wage. Opponents to an increased Federal minimum wage say that Wal-Mart’s actions prove that the [...]

DOJ Expands Definition of “Spouse” for FMLA purposes

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 March 20th, 2015|General Labor Law|

The United States Department of Labor has finalized a rule that will extend the protections of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to married same-sex couples, regardless of what state they live in. Enacted in 1993, the FMLA permits eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to care for [...]

New CA Legislation Aim to Eliminate Gender Bias in Benefits System

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 March 18th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law|

New legislation is being introduced in California that will hopefully ban reductions to workers’ compensation awards for gender-based reasons. The Assemblywoman introducing the bill, Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego, claims that women are having their workers’ compensation awards reduced for reasons such as menopause, pregnancy, breast cancer, sexual harassment, and osteoporosis. About a decade ago, [...]

Federal Judge Rules NFL Cannot Apply Policies Retroactively

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 March 16th, 2015|General Labor Law|

On February 26, 2015, a United States District Court Judge for the District of Minnesota ruled that National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell and an arbitrator were wrong to indefinitely suspend Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson because of a misdemeanor child-abuse conviction. As a result of a May 2014 incident involving Peterson and [...]

Employer Requirements Regarding Posting Work-Related Injury and Death Summaries

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 March 11th, 2015|General Labor Law|

Cal/OSHA has just released a reminder to all California employers that between February 1 and April 30 they must post summaries of all work-related injuries and illnesses from the previous year. Every year, employers must publish data about injuries and illness that took place at the worksite. The California Code of Regulations (Title 8 Sections [...]

California Court Rules Healthcare Employee Meal Period Rule Illegal

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 March 9th, 2015|Wage and Hour|

On February 10, 2015, the California Court of Appeal ruled that the two wage orders regarding meal periods that healthcare companies have been following for years violate California law. In the case, Jazmina Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, the court held healthcare employers must get two meal breaks if they are working shifts [...]

California Court of Appeal Distinguished Between Meal and Rest Breaks

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 March 4th, 2015|Wage and Hour|

Recently, the California Court of Appeal ruled on a case that clarified the different requirements of employees during meal breaks and rest breaks. In the case, Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., the plaintiff argued that ABM violated California law because ABM’s security guards were required to carry communication devices and remain on-call during their [...]

Are Uber Drivers Independent Contractors or Employees?

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 February 24th, 2015|General Labor Law|

Application technology has created a subset of employees who are “summoned” to their job through a smartphone app. Amongst this class of employees are Uber drivers, Handy cleaning and handyman service workers, and CrowdFlower job service workers. All of these workers are currently classified as independent contracts, meaning they are not covered by minimum-wage laws [...]

McDonalds Employees Suit with Test Franchisees Legal Responsibilities

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 February 23rd, 2015|Discimination, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful termination|

Ten former McDonald’s employees are suing a Virginia franchisee, the franchise owner, McDonald’s Corp., and McDonald’s USA. The suit alleges that supervisors at three Virginia franchise locations were racist, sexually harassed employees, and wrongfully terminated employees. The result of the lawsuit will not only establish whether these allegations are true, but it will determine the [...]

United States Supreme Court Rules on TSA Disclosure Case

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 February 20th, 2015|Wrongful termination|

In 2003, federal air marshal Robert MacLean disclosed plans the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) had to cut security on certain flights. He told MSNBC that TSA was eliminating air marshals on overnight flights to Las Vegas. The network then televised a report saying that security was being eliminated on some flights despite a hijacking warning [...]

New California Law Protects Unpaid Interns from Discrimination

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 February 6th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

Amongst the many new employment related laws that will go into effect this year in California is AB 1443, which prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals in unpaid internships. It also extends religious belief protections and accommodation requirements to unpaid internships, individuals in apprenticeships, and to volunteers.   The new law reiterates that the California [...]

New California Employment Law Bans Immigration-Status Related Retaliation

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 February 4th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law, Wrongful termination|

A heap of new laws will becoming effective this year in California, and many will directly affect employers and employees. In particular, one new law, AB 2751, bans retaliation against an employee for immigration-status reasons. Prior to AB 2751, California law prohibited “an employer or any other person from engaging in, or directing another person [...]

CA Supreme Court Holds Certain Employees Must Be Paid for On-Call Hours

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 February 2nd, 2015|Wage and Hour|

On January 8, 2015, the California Supreme Court held that security guards who work 24-hour shifts must be paid for all 24 hours, even if 8 of those hours are spent sleeping. In the decision, Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc., the Court wrote that even when security guards are simply on-call, the entire 24-hour [...]

Reminder about Holiday Hours

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 January 9th, 2015|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

Hours worked on holidays, Saturdays, and Sundays are generally treated like hours worked on any other day of the week.   California law does not require an employer to do any of the following: provide employees with paid holidays close on any holiday give employees the day off for any particular holiday pay employees overtime for [...]

Special San Francisco Wage Laws for Retail Workers

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 January 8th, 2015|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has passed two new ordinances that provide special wage and hour protections for employees of “formula retail establishments.”  The ordinances are collectively referred to as the Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights, and will go into effect January 4, 2015 and become operative July 3, 2015. The Retail Workers’ Bill [...]

Wal-Mart Loses $151 Million Employment Law Case

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 January 6th, 2015|Class Action, General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed a $151 million jury award against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The case involved allegation of wage theft against the retail giant. Wage theft refers to the practice of employers illegally withholding wages or denying benefits that are rightfully owed to an employee. On appeal, Wal-Mart argued that the court should have required [...]

Viacom Settles Lawsuit Brought by Unpaid Interns

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 January 1st, 2015|Wage and Hour|

Viacom Inc. has settled a major class-action lawsuit brought by about 12,500 former interns who claimed they were not paid, despite the fact that they did work similar to paid employees. Viacom, who owns Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, and Comedy Central, settled the case for $7.21 million. Recently, a lot of big companies, especially in the [...]

New Laws affect California Workers

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 December 29th, 2014|General Labor Law|

With the new year quickly approaching, it is important for employees to know about a number of new California employment laws that will go into effect in 2015. These laws go into effect at different times throughout the year, but it would not hurt if employers implemented policies prior to the effect dates. The two [...]

Can Employees be Forced into Obamacare?

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 December 26th, 2014|General Labor Law|

Some big, self-insured companies pay employees with significant health issues to opt out of the company medical plan and get coverage on the insurance exchange market. The companies do this to try d save money. However, the U.S. Department of Labor has recently stated that this practice is illegal.   It is possible for an [...]

Supreme Court Hears Arguments For Pregnancy Discrimination Case

2017-12-13T21:46:43+00:00 December 22nd, 2014|General Labor Law|

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in the case Young v. United Parcel Service, in which Peggy Young, a former driver for the package delivery company, is suing the United Parcel Service for refusing to offer her light duty when she was pregnant. Young is claiming that UPS violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of [...]

Preventing Pregnancy Discrimination

2017-12-13T21:46:43+00:00 November 25th, 2014|Discimination|

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has made pregnancy discrimination prevention one of its top priorities this past year. The Commission has brought several lawsuits against employers who allegedly refused to hire an applicant after she disclosed she was pregnant.  The EEOC also issued Pregnancy Discrimination Enforcement Guidance earlier this year, which provides guidance regarding [...]

What Can A California Employer Deduct from Your Paycheck?

2017-12-13T21:46:43+00:00 November 24th, 2014|Wage and Hour|

It is always important to double check your paycheck and make sure you are getting paid properly. If it seems that your paycheck is less than it should be, it may be because of deductions made by your employer. If this is the case, you should establish that these deductions are proper.   There are [...]

San Francisco Healthcare Providers Cited Over $3 Million for Labor Law Violations

2016-08-05T17:22:06+00:00 November 19th, 2014|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

The California Labor Commissioner has issued over $3 million in citations to four San Francisco assisted living providers. An investigation of the facilities uncovered minimum wage, overtime, and rest period violations.   Abraham Rest Home Inc., Common Destiny Care Homes, Sanchez-Abraham, and Florian White Dove Care were all issued citations. They included: $1,820,551 for underpaid [...]

The California Court of Appeals Complicates the Independent Contractor / Employee Laws

2016-08-05T17:22:08+00:00 November 17th, 2014|General Labor Law|

Lately, there have been a lot of cases throughout the nation asking courts to differentiate between the worker classifications of an employee and a contractor. In a wave of cases, most courts used a factor test to side with workers who were wrongfully classified as independent contractors so that employers could avoid paying certain benefits [...]

Ebola and Employment Law Issues

2016-08-05T17:22:11+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|General Labor Law|

Employers across the United States are starting to think about the legal issues they could face if an employee is exposed to the Ebola virus. There have been eight known cases of Ebola in this country, but hundreds or more U.S. residents may have been exposed. Risk of exposure has employers worried about legal risks [...]

Can Employers Require Applicants to Take Personality Tests?

2017-12-13T21:46:43+00:00 October 29th, 2014|General Labor Law|

Many companies are using online personality tests to evaluate the skills, personality, cognitive abilities and other traits of prospective workers in the United States. Between sixty and seventy percent of applicants face such tests. Some argue that these assessments are ineffective and amount to discrimination.   Some of the questions ask whether an applicant agrees [...]

Civil Rights Act Used to Protect Transgendered Employees

2017-12-13T21:46:43+00:00 October 23rd, 2014|General Labor Law|

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed two lawsuits against companies accused of discriminating against transgender employees. The EEOC says the companies’ actions are violations of Title Seven of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This is the first time the federal government has used the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which offers protections against sexual discrimination, [...]

Did Texas Roadhouse Discriminate Against People Because of their Age?

2017-12-13T21:46:43+00:00 October 22nd, 2014|Discimination|

The Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain is suing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to determine why the agency sued the restaurant for alleged age discrimination.   The EEOC first sued Texas Roadhouse in 2011, alleging that only 1.9% of the company’s front of the house employees, which are hosts, bartenders and servers, were above age [...]

Do Employees Have a Right to Self Defense?

2017-12-13T21:46:43+00:00 September 19th, 2014|General Labor Law|

Six former Wal-Mart employees sued the corporate giant after they were fired for violating a company policy barring confrontations with armed customers. The case has made it all the way up to the Utah Supreme Court, which will decided what rights employees have to self-defense. The former Wal-Mart workers contend that they have a right [...]

CA Will Require Paid Sick Leave

2017-12-13T21:46:43+00:00 September 17th, 2014|General Labor Law|

On September 10, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the paid sick leave bill, AB 1522. Starting in July 2015, private California employers will have to provide their employees with at least 3 paid sick leave days per year. With the signing of this law, California has become the second state, following Connecticut, to require [...]

Popeyes Chicken Settles HIV Discrimination Claim

2017-12-13T21:46:43+00:00 September 15th, 2014|Discimination|

In 2011, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought suit against Popeyes Chicken for refusing to hire a man, Noah Crawford, because he has HIV. The fried chicken franchise, based in Shreveport, Louisiana, will pay $25,000 to settle the lawsuit. Noah Crawford had years of experience working in the fast-food industry, and he [...]

Raiders and Raiders Cheerleaders Settle Wage Dispute

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 September 12th, 2014|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

The NFL has found itself in an unkind light lately, and one issue it has been dealing with is lawsuits against teams who have been paying their cheerleaders less than minimum wage. Leading the way with such litigation, the 90 current and former cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders have been offered a settlement for withheld [...]

Employee’s Medical Marijuana Case Goes to Supreme Court

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 September 10th, 2014|Discimination|

On September 30th, 2014, the Colorado Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a suit filed by a former Dish Network (“Dish”) customer service representative fired for using medical marijuana. Brandon Coats, the former Dish employee, has used medical marijuana since 2009 to control the painful spasms he has suffered ever since he was paralyzed [...]

Should Employees be Reimbursed for Using Personal Cell Phones for Work?

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 September 8th, 2014|Wage and Hour|

In August 2014, a California Court of Appeal held that class certification was appropriate in a case alleging that the employer failed to reimburse employees for expenses associated with using their personal cell phones for work calls. In the case, Cochran v. Schwan Home Service, Inc., class certification had previously been denied because the employer [...]

Janitorial Companies May Be Taking Advantage of Immigrants by Misclassifying them as Franchisees Rather than Employees

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 September 5th, 2014|Wage and Hour|

Several large janitorial companies are being sued for allegedly taking advantage of immigrants, misclassifying them as franchisees rather than employees. For decades, some large cleaning companies have run on the franchise model instead of hiring employees. Coverall, CleanNet, and a few other large janitorial companies regularly market themselves to immigrants, often by advertising in foreign-language [...]

Employers are Encouraged to Protect Employees from Abuse

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 September 4th, 2014|General Labor Law|

The American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates has adopted as Model Workplace Policy on “Employer Responses to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking.” The policy comes as a response to the need for businesses to help protect employees from violence. In 2012, Jessica Kenny was working the evening shift at the concierge desk at [...]

FedEx Drivers are Employees, Not Independent Contractors

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 September 1st, 2014|Wage and Hour|

A federal appeals court has held that nearly 2,700 FedEx driver plaintiffs in California and Oregon are employees, and not independent contractors as FedEx has classified them. In the California and Oregon cases, the plaintiff drivers claimed that for a decade, FedEx required them to purchase company-approved trucks, uniforms, and other equipment as if they [...]

New NFL Policy for Sexual Assault and Abuse

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 29th, 2014|Sexual Harassment|

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced revisions to the league’s personal conduct policy and enhanced training and family support programs for all personnel. For the first domestic violence or sexual assault incident, standard penalties of an unpaid six-game suspension will be applied. If there is a second offense, players will face banishment from the NFL. This [...]

Did SpaceX Violate Labor Laws?

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 28th, 2014|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

SpaceX is a California company that designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. It was founded by Elon Musk, who also founded Paypal and is the CEO of Tesla Motors. Currently, the upstart company is facing two lawsuits in which former employees are claiming that SpaceX violated state labor laws. The first lawsuit was [...]

Government Shut Down Caused Labor Law Violations

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 27th, 2014|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

During last year’s infamous government shutdown, some employees still had to work, and with delayed pay. Five of these employees, who worked for the federal prison system and the U.S. Justice Department, brought suit against the federal government. More than 1,000 plaintiffs from various governmental agencies have joined their case case, and the suit now [...]

LinkedIn Will Pay Millions in Overtime Back Wages

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 26th, 2014|Class Action, General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that LinkedIn Corp. has agreed to pay $3.3 million in overtime back wages and $2.5 million in liquidated damages to 359 workers in California, Illinois, Nebraska and New York. All over the country, employers are working “off the clock,” without pay or overtime. This practice harms workers, denies [...]

California Supreme Court Rules Alzheimer Patients Cannot be Found Liable

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 25th, 2014|General Labor Law|

Home healthcare workers have some of the toughest jobs, and they are faced with some of the most difficult, even dangerous patients. Unfortunately, these employees do not have very many protections. The California Supreme Court ruled in August 2014 that Alzheimer’s patients and their families cannot be held liable for injuries patients cause to home [...]

Safety Violations Can Cost Employers Thousands of Dollars

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 22nd, 2014|General Labor Law|

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) cited National Distribution Center LP, a warehousing and logistics company in Mira Loma, California, $308,435 in for not providing employees with foot protection. In July 2012, a safety violation complaint was filed with Cal/OSHA against the National Distribution Center LP. Cal/OSHA’s San Bernardino office inspected the company’s [...]

How Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Case Will Effect California Employees

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 7th, 2014|General Labor Law|

In the recent Hobby Lobby decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of exempting closely held corporations from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate. This case has created a lot of controversy concerning the extension of corporation’s religious rights, but because the Supreme Court made a narrow decision based on federal, not state law, [...]

Executive Order Prohibits LGBT Discrimination

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 6th, 2014|Discimination, General Labor Law|

On July 21, President Obama signed two amended executive orders prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees and prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in federal employment. The executive orders aim to ensure that all employees are judged only by their ability to complete required job duties. The first executive order Obama amended, initially [...]

Do You Have Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 5th, 2014|General Labor Law|

In California, an employee who suffered an injury while on the job and while performing job duties is eligible for benefits under the Workers' Compensation Insurance Program. Workers’ Compensation is usually the only avenue for financial assistance after an injury, because employees generally cannot sue an employer in civil court for injuries suffered on the [...]