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Federal Holiday Pay Laws For Exempt Employees In California: Common Questions

federal-holiday-pay-laws-exempt-employees-california.pngThe joys of the holiday season are quickly approaching, so it's important for exempt, salaried employees to understand whether their employers are complying with California federal holiday pay laws.

California Sb 1241: California-based Employees Can Keep Employment Disputes In California

california-sb-1241-protects-employees-employment-disputes.pngRecently, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1241. The new law, which will take effect on January 1, 2017, adds Section 925 to the Labor Code and intends to ensure that employees who primarily live and work in California have the benefit of a local forum and employee protections of California law during employment disputes. The new law voids forum selection and choice of law clauses in employment agreements.

Can A California Employer Check A Job Applicant's Credit During A Pre-employment Background Check?

california-credit-check-laws-employment.pngWhen you are applying for a job, it goes without saying that a potential employer will likely conduct a pre-employment background check before making a hiring decision. But when an employer asks you to submit information for a consumer credit check during the pre-employment process, it might strike fear in your heart. Perhaps you have been unemployed for a while and your credit has suffered. Or perhaps you made some bad money decisions in the past that have negatively impacted your credit score. If your potential employer uses your credit rating as a factor in hiring, it could cause even more financial problems for you if you are not hired due to your credit.

10 Common Signs Of A Hostile Work Environment - Infographic

Hostile working conditions can result in a workplace harassment claim against an employer if the negative conduct is motivated by an employee's protected characteristics as defined under employment laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), among others.

Google Suffers Big Blow In Ongoing Age Discrimination Lawsuit

google-age-discrimination-lawsuit-class-action.pngU.S. District Judge Beth Freeman recently refused to dismiss a class-action age discrimination lawsuit against Google, giving the plaintiff a chance to prove her claims and expand the list of people eligible for compensation if she wins.

Former Employee Sues Home Depot For Disability Discrimination In California

home-depot-sued-disability-discrimination-california.pngHome Depot is in hot water due to a recent workplace discrimination suit brought against the company by a former employee who worked as a merchandiser. The home improvement store has been sued for disability discrimination, wrongful termination, and employer retaliation.

Can I Sue My Employer For Defamation Of Character In California?

can-i-sue-employer-defamation-character-california.pngIt is never pleasant when someone makes a statement about you that is not true. It can harm your reputation, cause others to treat you differently and it can affect your self-esteem. Sometimes false statements can be minor, but other false statements about you could have a significant impact on your life. This is particularly true when your employer is making them, which could rise to the level of defamation.

What Rights Do Transgender Employees Have In The California Workplace?

transgender-employee-rights-california.pngTransgender issues have taken the country by storm this year. Individual states have vastly different positions on transgender issues, including the rights that transgender employees have in the workplace.

California Restaurants Launch First Transgender Jobs Program

california-restaurants-transgender-jobs-program.pngTransgender people face some big challenges when it comes to harassment and discrimination on both personal and professional levels. And the negative impact stemming from violence and prejudiced actions on these individuals can have damaging, life-long effects.

California Assembly Bill 1843 Prohibits Employers From Using Juvenile Criminal History In Hiring Decisions

california-ab-1843-juvenile-records-hiring-deicions.pngRecently, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1843 into law. The bill, which goes into effect on January 1, 2017, amends the California Labor Code to make it illegal for employers to use certain juvenile records in hiring decisions. But what does the new law entail, and how will it impact California employees?

Misclassification Of Employees In California: Common Questions

misclassification-employees-california-common-questions.pngDid you know that your employer can save ample amounts of money simply by misclassifying workers as independent contractors? Despite the illegal nature that the act of purposefully misclassifying employees entails, many employers in California and across the nation still continue the unfair practice.

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