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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

Does Job Hopping Hurt Your Career?

The world has credited millennials with a lot of things, from putting a dent in the paper towel industry to revolutionizing the way we travel. The generation that values experiences and authenticity over materials has another distinctive characteristic: “job-hoppers.” Job-hopping is exactly what it sounds like: enjoying short stints in careers before moving on to… read more

Working From Home Laws in California

Remote work has become increasingly popular in the United States. Due to increased flexibility and the increasing costs of child care, more people are choosing to work from home to raise families or simply to enjoy the perks of working without leaving the home. However, each state sets different rules regarding employment and working remotely…. read more

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