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Legal or illegal, here are the common reasons people get fired

In California, most employees are legally considered to be employed “at will”. While the laws related to being employed “at will” can differ from state to state, in California this means that your employer basically has the right to terminate your employment when they like, for any reason they feel warrants it, as long as the reason isn’t in violation of your civil rights. 

What it means for workers for California to be a sanctuary state

The recent efforts of California to provide some measure of protection for the undocumented workers and their families who reside and are employed in the state are currently being met with resistance from the Department of Justice, which filed a complaint against the state in the U.S. District Court in Sacramento on March 6th. The lawsuit was in response to three “sanctuary” laws passed in California in 2017, which the Justice Department alleges will obstruct the efforts of federal immigration officials to investigate the status of undocumented workers and further enforce federal immigration laws, creating a potentially harmful threat to the general safety of the public. 

#MeToo isn’t just a social movement. It’s about workplace rights.

"If all the women who had been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too.'as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem." This post was retweeted on Alyssa Milano's Twitter feed encouraging those who have been a victim of harassment or assault to help create a unified voice to draw attention to this silent crisis that is affecting America. The unfortunate truth is that many women have been taught that these things are private, embarrassing, and sometimes even too shameful to acknowledge.

How the new tax law affects employee benefits

A new federal tax reform bill signed into law at the end of 2017 and put into effect on January 1, 2018 could lead to changes for many employees across the country. As corporations begin adapting to the significant amount of revisions made by the new law, employees should be prepared for both the positive and negative outcomes that may be reflected in their benefits and in their paychecks.

Racial discrimination lawsuits against Tesla are adding up

Tesla, the well known manufacturer of the popular Tesla Model S, Model X and Model 3 electric cars, is now under scrutiny in the wake of a class-action lawsuit claiming that several of the African American employees at the company’s main auto manufacturing facility in Fremont have been the victims of racial discrimination and harassment. Although Tesla has already responded to these claims with a lengthy denial of wrongdoing on the company’s blog, this type of response is common for large companies and more often than not is not a reliable way to gauge the actual experiences of the employees. While a denial of wrongdoing may be in the best interest of the company as a whole, the increasing number of allegations claiming that employees are facing discrimination and harassment at the Fremont plant are beginning to add up to a broader cause for concern. 

Justice Department files lawsuit to protect military reservists

One of the many important rights that members of our armed forces should be able to count on when they return from a period of service is a reliable measure of job security. This protection comes from the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), which provides members of the National Guard and Reserve with the right to reemployment following an absence for military service. USERRA was enacted with the intention of helping prevent the discrimination of and retaliation against service members by their employers as a result of their reserve duty related absences. When an employer is thought to have violated these rights, the Department of Justice can and will take action in aid of the service member, if this is deemed necessary. 

The #MeToo movement hits the workplace

In recent months, the reports of sexual assault, sexual misconduct and harassment have swept the nation, highlighting just how much work is left to do in regards to putting a stop to the sexual harassment in the workplace that so many women must contend with. In the wake of the MeToo movement, new changes for the workplace are on the horizon - many of which are long overdue. However, not all of the changes to come are guaranteed to be positive, and there will certainly still be plenty of battles left to fight. Outlined in this article are just a few of the ways the revelations brought forward by the #MeToo movement may change rules and proceedings in the workplace for the better and the worse. 

New California labor laws for 2018

With 2017 in the books, it's time to welcome in the new year, and with it comes a new set of labor laws affecting workers in California workers. This year, there are several important changes that California employees need to be aware of. For your knowledge and convenience, we've taken the time in this post to outline some key changes workers should expect.  

A mental health diagnosis must be recognized as a disability

Many people, especially those who don’t suffer from the often complex limitations of a mental health condition themselves, are often unaware that many commonly known types of mental health concerns are actually categorized as disabilities under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The protections and coverage that should be applied to individuals who do suffer from a mental health condition in their workplace was the subject of a publication released in December 2016 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is well summarized here. This information may be very relevant to many people who are entering or returning to the workforce with a severe and persistent mental or emotional health condition, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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