California overtime laws: What you need to know

2017-12-13T21:46:27+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Discimination, General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

Nearly every worker older than 18 is entitled to overtime pay in California. State law mandates that employees cannot work more than eight hours per day, or 40 hours per week, without being paid overtime wages. What is the amount of overtime in California? Under state law, overtime is one-half times a worker’s regular rate [...]

Can I be fired for what I post online?

2017-12-13T21:46:27+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Social media posts are protected under the First Amendment, as most of us know. But what people may not realize is that the Constitution only protects online freedom of speech when it comes to government involvement, not the actions of private companies. Employment in California, and most of the rest of the United States is [...]

What will be the top discrimination claims of 2016?

2017-12-13T21:46:27+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Discimination, Sexual Harassment|

There’s no doubt that 2016 was a big year for news. The presidential race alone had to have triggered countless discussions around the water cooler. The Rio Olympics, the Orlando nightclub shooting and ISIS also were in the papers, on the TV news and online throughout much of the year. But what about workplace discrimination? [...]

Weed may be legal in California – but it can still get you fired

2017-12-13T21:46:27+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Wrongful termination|

Nearly eight million Californians who cast ballots in the November election voted “yes” to a bill legalizing marijuana in the state. Proposition 64 made it legal for individuals to use and grow marijuana for personal use on Nov. 9; The sale and subsequent taxation of recreational marijuana goes into effect Jan. 1. But according to [...]

EEOC finds some background checks discriminatory

2017-12-13T21:46:27+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Discimination|

Federal law prohibits racial discrimination in the workplace. A black employee passed over for a promotion in favor of a less-qualified white person, for example, might be the victim of workplace racial discrimination. But some people of color are discriminated against before they are hired. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has gone after companies whose [...]

California Tightens Restrictions on Smoking in the Workplace

2017-12-13T21:46:29+00:00 July 18th, 2016|General Labor Law|

California has led the country in anti-smoking legislation for decades. Recently, the state changed its smoking laws and significantly increased the number of businesses and employers which are required to provide a smoke-free working environment. The new law also raises the smoking age from 18 to 21. The new law will cover almost all employers, [...]