When 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.
According to the Society for Human Resource Management, employee telecommuting is at an all-time high. Their research indicates that from 1996 to 2016, the percentage of employees who work one or more days per week from home has increased about 20%. The industries where most of this increase has occurred are software and marketing firms. There is also a higher concentration of telecommuting at firms in big cities that suffer from consistently heavy rush hour traffic. In cities like Los Angeles, the option to avoid the morning commute is a valuable improvement in quality of life for workers. Businesses also stand to benefit as they can save money by offering telecommuting to skilled employees which drastically reduces overhead costs.
If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination in California on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or disability, you can file a formal complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (FEHA).
Many people have challenging jobs and feel certain pressures due to work. However, if that pressure increases to the point that you are suffering from physical or emotional ailments such as anxiety, depression, alcoholism or other adverse reactions, then you are likely being subjected to much more than just typical job-related challenges.
Last year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a handful of employment law-related bills that give California employees more protections against unlawful employer retaliation. On January 1, 2016, AB 987 was just one of the new laws that went into effect, extending anti-retaliation protections to employees who request reasonable accommodations due to eithera disability or religious beliefs.
January was a big month for employment and labor law litigation, settlements, and proposed legislation. Most notably, workplace sexual harassment lawsuits took over news headlines throughout the nation, including an announcement of a proposed bill that would address the prevalent sexual harassment problem in astronomy.