Can Employer Legally Deny Final Paycheck?
California is an at-will employment state, meaning employers do not need to give a reason to terminate employees and employees do not need a reason to quit. Wage laws, however, entitle all employees to final wages upon termination of employment. Labor Code sections 201 and 227.3 state that all employers must pay an employee’s final… read moreRead More
Is There a Statue of Limitations for Unpaid Wages?
By federal law, you are entitled to your paycheck. Employers might be able to decide how and when you get paid, but federal laws are strict when it comes to the payroll process. The Fair Labor Standards Act plays a significant role in your wages. If an employer failed to compensate you in full for… read moreRead More
Can an Employer Cancel Vacation Time After Approved?
Earned vacation time is often the best part about work, until it isn’t. Employees are often surprised that vacation time is not federally mandated. This makes it even more surprising when vacation time can be just as easily taken away. Vacation time can be paid or unpaid, offered or not, depending on your employer. Vacation… read moreRead More
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 moreRead More
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 moreRead More
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 moreRead 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 moreRead 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 moreRead 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 moreRead 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 moreRead More