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.
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.
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.
When you decide to quit your job because you've found another, or you want to leave a job due to an unfavorable working environment, employment and labor laws in California can protect you from negative employer actions. In fact, your employer is required under law to give you your final paycheck within a certain time period. If they do not, then they could face some unwelcome penalties.
Employees are suing the McDonald's restaurant chain for failing to pay workers the federal minimum wage, failing to pay overtime and failing to give workers breaks that federal law requires.
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.
The National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that graduate students who work at private universities as either teacher or research assistants are considered employees. The NLRB ruling gives these graduate students the opportunity to form and join unions that private university administrators must now recognize.