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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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Why California Executives Can’t Afford to Ignore Non-Compete Agreements

Across America, almost 30 million workers have signed non-compete agreements as a condition of their employment. The purpose of these agreements is to protect trade secrets, confidential customer information, or intellectual property from competitors by placing restrictions on when and where certain high-level or technically skilled employees can retain work. But in the past few decades, employers have increasingly...

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How To Spot Age Discrimination In The Workplace 

On November 4, 2022, thousands of employees at Twitter were dismayed to log into their company email only to learn that their jobs had suddenly been eliminated. Just days after purchasing the popular social media company, billionaire and new CEO Elon Musk caused an uproar by initiating major layoffs that eliminated over half of Twitter’s workforce with little warning. ...

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How California’s Minimum Wage Rates Will Change in 2024

Certain California workers can look forward to a pay bump in the coming year, thanks to new legislation recently approved by the governor. Out of hundreds of bills debated by lawmakers in the fall 2023 session, two initiatives to increase minimum wage pay for Californians in the healthcare and fast food industries were among those finally signed into law...

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What Employees Need To Know About How New York Labor Laws Are Changing In 2024

Between new COVID-19 variants, nationwide strikes in major industries, rolling layoffs, and the acceleration of generative AI-induced wonder (or panic) — the past year has brought a number of changes and challenges to workers across the U.S.  While these events garnered headlines, though, New York workplaces saw some important changes closer to home in 2023. Over the past calendar...

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How California’s Courts Are Standing Up To Protect Workplace Whistleblowers 

It looked like a classic case of employer retaliation.  A. was a bartender at Kolla’s nightclub in Orange County. In April 2014, after she hadn’t been paid for three shifts in a row, she approached the club’s owner to ask about her unpaid wages. In response, her boss flew into a rage. He fired A. on the spot, telling...

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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 Protections Do Pregnant Office Workers Have in California?

Although women have been an important part of the U.S. workforce for decades, many employers unfortunately still have doubts about their capacity to serve as both professionals and mothers.  The outdated, prejudicial beliefs that pregnant women and working moms are a liability, less committed to their jobs, or unable to perform at top levels professionally, pervades California workplaces —...

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Can My Employer Limit What I Can and Can’t Say in California?

In this blog post, we’ll break down the details of SB 331, explaining what it says about when your employer can and can’t use legal methods to keep employees silent, and how an employment lawyer can help you if you’re facing pressure from an employer’s gag order. Settlement Agreements and SB 331: When Can My California Employer Limit What...

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What Gig Workers Should Know About the Current State of California’s AB 5

Every year, thousands of Californians are deprived of their legally entitled rights, benefits, and protections by employers who illegally classify their workers as temporary contractors instead of employees. In 2020, California passed a new law, known as AB 5, that took a bold stance against the epidemic of employee misclassification that runs rampant in the gig economy.  However, due...

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