Employment Law Blog

What are the Meal and Rest Break Requirements for CA Employees?

California Meal And Rest Break Requirements For Employees  Although employees in California are protected by some of the strongest employment laws in the U.S., workers here also experience some of the highest rates of employer wage theft in the country. One of the most easily overlooked ways that employers steal from their workers? Violating their rights to meal and...

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How It Just Got Easier For California Workers To Get Justice For Employer Retaliation

You’re an associate at a wealth management firm in Sacramento, where, for the past couple of months, your manager has been making increasingly inappropriate comments about your appearance and body. You tried to tell your manager that these comments make you uncomfortable, but he laughed off your concerns. You go to speak to HR, saying that you’re considering filing...

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What California’s Latest Crackdown On Non-Compete Agreements Means For Employees

Around 40 percent of American workers face limitations in their career development and earning power due to an employer’s non-compete agreement. Often under the guise of safeguarding a company’s protected information, these contracts restrict when and where employees can find work in their chosen industry, trapping workers in undesirable jobs and preventing them from making a competitive living wage. ...

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Wages & Hours

What Is the Penalty for Not Paying Employees on Time in California?

Imagine: You arrive for your shift at the LA restaurant where you work on payday, looking forward to taking home a paycheck at the end of the night. But when you go to your manager to pick up your paycheck, your manager doesn’t have it. He says the restaurant is having a temporary cash flow problem but promises that...

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Non Compete Agreements

Are Non-Competes Enforceable in New York? 5 Ways to Beat Them

Ottinger Employment Lawyers Can Help with Non-Compete Agreements New York non-compete agreements are widely abused and overused. Most of them are not enforceable because New York disfavors them. New York courts will only enforce them in only very rare limited situations.   As explained more below, we are able to defeat most non-compete agreements by using the Legitimate Business...

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Are Non-Compete Agreements Enforceable in California? Why Executives Cannot Ignore Them

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. They do this typically by placing restrictions on when and where certain high-level or technically skilled employees can retain work. But in the past few...

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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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