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Can You Negotiate Severance Pay in California?

If you end up losing your job, you may receive an offer from your employee for a severance pay package. While such packages are, for the most part, not a California law requirement, many employers want to offer some form of compensation to their leaving workers. Since few situation require severance pay, you may be… read more

What is Time Card Manipulation?

Time cards are important for keeping track of hours worked, in turn giving a record to determine an employee’s pay. When those records are inaccurate, it can hurt an employee’s paycheck, causing other financial difficulties in the process. While incorrect punch-ins and punch-outs can cause these problems, sometimes they’re the result of time card manipulation…. read more

Can I Sue if My Employer Paid Me “Under the Table”?

Getting fair payment for work is a basic employment right. As such, not receiving any form of payment for work is a violation of California labor laws and has legal consequences. Unfortunately, some employers avoid the legal issues of fair payments by not reporting their employees’ wages, paying them under the table. While it may… read more

Bathroom Break Laws in the Workplace

Regular breaks are an important part of keeping our minds fresh when we’re working. Insufficient breaks result in high levels of stress and less productive workers. While employers obviously do not want their employees to waste all their time in the workplace on breaks, it’s still important to accommodate the occasional rest period. Clocking Out… read more

What is an Arbitration Agreement?

During your time as an employee, you might come across the term “arbitration agreement.” While these legal documents do not necessarily have to exist within the scope of employment, it is one of the most common places you’ll encounter them. Arbitration agreements are generally provisions of larger contracts, such as employment agreements. It is up… read more

Can My Employer Stop Me from Joining a Class Action Lawsuit?

A class-action lawsuit is one that entails a single plaintiff (or small group) bringing the claim on behalf of a larger group. Class actions serve to make the legal process more efficient in cases involving more than one plaintiff against a shared defendant. Employment claims often take the form of a class action against a… read more

Are Non-Competes Enforceable in California?

A non-compete is a type of legal agreement that forbids an employee from entering into competition with an employer. Non-competes exist to protect company secrets and promote employee goodwill within a company. Non-competes are enforceable in most courts as long as they are reasonable in scope and serve to protect the employer’s business interests. A… read more

When Does My Employer Have to Give Me My Last Paycheck in CA?

Leaving a job is a complicated and stressful process, whether you quit or your employer let you go. It is made worse, however, if you have a hard time getting your last paycheck. To prevent waiting months to receive your last paycheck – or from not receiving it at all – it is important that… read more

Can My Boss Deny My Vacation Time Request?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2017, 74% of civilian workers and 76% of private industry workers received some number of paid vacation days. Many employers claim that time away from work improves productivity in their employees. However, some workers harbor concerns that their employers will deny their requests for vacation time. As… read more

Can I Be Fired for Being on Maternity Leave in California?

The United States has some of the strictest laws about maternity leave in the world. California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are the only states that have laws guaranteeing some amount of paid maternity leave. As a result, 25% of American women only take ten days off after having a baby before returning to… read more