The 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.
Recently, 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.
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.
U.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.
A Dos Palos, California-based orchid grower and wholesale distributor was recently sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for violating pregnancy discrimination laws.
It has been a very good year for California teachers, as these workers just notched their second victory of 2016 in a landmark employment law case.
Former UC Berkeley Law School Dean Sujit Choudhry, who resigned amidst allegations of sexual harassment and preferential treatment, claims that he is the victim of race discrimination.
In Morris v. Ernst & Young, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently weighed in on the national debate on class-action waivers in employment contracts. Most potential defendants - including employers - will do almost anything to avoid facing class-action lawsuits, simply because the damage awards are so high. For example, two former Wells Fargo employees just filed a class-action lawsuit in California that demands a whopping $2.6 billion in damages; the lawsuit involves allegedly unrealistic sales quotas.
On July 1 2016, the Los Angeles minimum wage increased to $10.50 per hour and will continue to rise until it reaches $15 by 2020.