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Overview of Video Camera Use in the Workplace

Privacy is an important concern today, where almost everyone has access to a smartphone with video recording capabilities. No one wants to have their private conversations recorded, especially not in the workplace. However, whether or not people can use video cameras at work remains unclear among many employers and employees alike. Can Employers Use Video… read more

Can Your Employer Fire You for Job Searching?

Many responsible individuals seek new employment while they are still working at another job. This strategy helps reduce the amount of time a person spends unemployed and ensures financial security. However, many employers do not act kindly when they discover that an employee is seeking opportunities elsewhere. In some cases, the company may fire the… read more

What is the the Difference Between 401(k)s and Pension Plans?

Recently in California, Republican and Democratic senators presented proposals that would allow state workers to choose between CalPERs and other public pension plans and 401(k)s. Those in favor of the proposal believe the state of California will not be able to adequately pay pensions to employees who depend on them if there is another recession…. read more

Calculating Unemployment Benefits in California

Unemployment, whether expected or unexpected, is something most people go through at some point in life. No matter the circumstances, it is often a stressful time. Navigating confusing unemployment benefit calculations only adds to the stress. Unemployment benefits are there to see individuals through until they can find work. Understanding eligibility, as well as the… read more

What Can Your Boss Ask When You Call in Sick?

Calling in sick is something everyone experiences from time to time. Typically, it is a straightforward interaction. Your boss may say they hope you feel better, or simply ask when you plan to return to the office. Occasionally, however, employees find themselves working for employers or managers who want to know more. Depending on the… read more

Is Pre-Employment Testing Legal?

During the hiring process, candidates may encounter something called a “pre-employment test.” This is a standardized test employers may give candidates to gather information about their job-related capabilities and character traits. Legal, professionally-developed pre-employment tests or assessments can give employers important insights into how the candidate would perform in a given job. Unprofessional, unvalidated pre-employment… read more

What Can an Employer Ask During an Interview?

You may have spent days preparing for an important interview and researching questions the interview might ask, only for the prospective employer to surprise you with a totally unexpected question. In the heat of the moment, you gave an answer – but looking back, you have a feeling it wasn’t right of the interview to… read more

The Basics of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)

A non-disclosure agreement, or NDA, is a legally binding document in which two parties agree to enter a confidential relationship. Non-disclosure agreements are common in business settings that involve confidential company information, as a means to ensure employees and others don’t disclose this information to competitors. Non-disclosure agreements give corporations the power to control what… read more

Time Off to Vote Laws by State

Low voter turnout in major elections remains a huge issue in the United States. The 2016 Presidential Election saw a 55.7% voter turnout – ranking 26th internationally when compared to recent general elections in 32 other highly developed, democratic nations. One of the most common reasons cited for low turnout is the lack of time… read more

What Rights Do Interns Have in the Workplace?

Internships are a necessary part of landing an entry-level job. Often, recent college grads get their first position from pursuing unpaid internships during their time at university. However, it can be difficult to understand the rights and responsibilities interns have in the workplace. What role to they play and do they have any of the… read more