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
Does California Guarantee “Paternity Leave” to Men?
Men often get the short end of the stick when it comes to taking leave for the birth of a child or the adoption of a child into the family. While mothers often receive paid maternity leave to care for themselves and their children, in the U.S. the expectation is that fathers should return to… read more
Does the ADA Protect Against Mental Disabilities?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that protects people with disabilities from discrimination. The ADA prohibits disability-related discrimination in the workplace, in public places, in schools, and in the transportation industry. The ADA’s goal is to give individuals with disabilities the same opportunities as people without disabilities have. Disabilities under… read more
Can an Employer Fire You for What You Post on Social Media?
Posting on social media can seem harmless, until your boss calls you into the office to discuss your last Tweet. Since the advent of social media sites, many employees have learned one lesson the hard way: yes, employers can in fact fire workers for things they post online. While this issue is not exactly black… read more
Can You Receive Workers’ Compensation for Stress or Anxiety in California?
Not all workplace injuries are physical. Many of us can relate to stress at work at some time or another. Some kinds of work-related stress have a short duration, like those involving a big project or pressing deadline. Others, however, persist over time, which can result in serious mental health problems. Can you get workers’… read more