California Law

What Is the WARN Act?

When your employer downsizes your company, you may wonder what your rights are. Unfortunately, the law does not protect your position or your options for future employment. Your employer retains the right to lay off employees when the company is in a difficult situation. However, you do have the right to receive notice prior to… read more

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What Is and What Isn’t Considered Invasion of Privacy?

If you are a California employee, you may wonder what your expectations are in regard to your privacy in the workplace. Under California law, you have a right to privacy in four situations and can hold an employer liable if he or she violates your reasonable expectation to privacy. #1: Intrusion of Solitude If your… read more

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Whistleblowers: The Pros and Cons of Whistleblowing

A whistleblower is someone who files charges against an employer or coworker for engaging in illegal or unethical business practices. It is typically an employee of the workplace that discovers a plot or scheme, and comes forward to report the employer to authorities. Blowing the whistle on an employer puts an employee at risk of… read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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