Employment Law Blog

Is It Illegal to Lay Off Pregnant Employees in California?

McKenzie was at home, washing baby bottles for her newborn, when she got the news that her position as a communications professional at Salesforce had been eliminated. She was shocked — although the company had announced in early 2023 that 10% of the workforce would be laid off, McKenzie thought that she’d be legally protected from termination by her maternity leave.  She’s...

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What Are Time Clock Laws in California?

If you’re an employee in California, make sure your employer pays you for your time and lets you rest. Under California labor law, employers are not required to offer mandatory grace periods for clocking in and out. However, employers have the option to provide a voluntary 10-minute grace period for employees when they clock out. This flexibility aims to...

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What Employees Need to Know about California’s New Wage Theft Law

Workers in California are cheated out of an estimated $2 billion in stolen wages every year. Although California has some of the strongest employee protection laws in the nation, wage theft is unfortunately still pervasive in the state. Especially among low-wage and hourly workers. Many employees don’t even realize that their employers are stealing from them. And those who...

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Signs Your Employer Is Violating Your FMLA Rights in California

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) permits eligible employees unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. The FMLA allows qualifying employees approximately 12 weeks of unpaid time. During leave, the FMLA requires employers to continue the employee’s health insurance coverage. Employers must also allow employees to return to their jobs with no repercussions. Violations of FMLA...

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Federal Trade Commission’s New Rule Bans Non-Compete Agreements in All Employment Contracts

Non-compete agreements often prevent employees from working for other employers in the same industry and geographic area for a significant amount of time after employees leave their jobs. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recognizes that these agreements can be a source of great stress for many individuals. Non-compete agreements diminish employees’ options for finding better work or making changes...

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Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Employment in NY

It’s been a very long week. After five grueling twelve-hour days, you are ready for some rest. You are also ready for that overtime payment. However, when payday comes, you notice that you were paid at your regular rate for overtime hours. You think that this has to be a mistake, so you ask your employer. If your employer...

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Wages & Hours

What Are Considered Part-Time Hours in California?

American workers are the backbone of this country. Employees spend hours working over a burning hot grill, waiting tables, working on assembly lines, delivering packages in time for the holidays, and a multitude of other tasks required to keep our economy going. And despite all this, they are frequently taken advantage of by greedy companies. It is because our...

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3 Famous Wrongful Termination Cases Won by the Supreme Court

Wrongful termination lawsuits, often rooted in public policy violations, require a compelling link between the employee’s actions and the specific public policy involved. These legal actions are intricate and demanding, offering a means of redress for employees who allege unjust dismissal. One of the most common reasons a former employee may file a lawsuit against their previous employer is...

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Employment Law Blog

Can I Waive My Lunch Break in California?

To protect employee safety and wellbeing, employers are legally required to give their workers break periods for meals and rest time during the course of a work day.  Sometimes, though, you may not need or want a break. You might think it’s more efficient for you to waive your lunch break, for instance, and finish your work early. So,...

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