What is Worker Misclassification?
When working in the state of California, you are either an independent contractor or an employee. Employees and independent contractors are two different classifications under labor and employment laws. There are several differences between them and while that classification may seem like a minor detail, it is crucial to be aware of it so you […]
What is employment discrimination?
Losing your job is a stressful and challenging situation, especially when it happens suddenly. Like in many states other states, employees in California work at will. This means that an employee can be fired at any time for any reason or no reason. When this happens, it is essential to discover if you have grounds […]
The Always-On-Call Attitude of Remote Work (is Illegal)
Every manager and team handled the transition to remote work a little differently. Some adapted easily, their workflow almost unchanged except without hellos over the morning coffee pot. A few even thrived, finding a better workflow from home than they did in the office. Many managers, however, floundered in the face of leading their teams […]
The FLSA and Employer-Controlled Time
In 2020, the California Supreme Court found that Apple was violating fair labor laws by requiring employees to wait for bag checks before leaving the premises. It was ruled that because the checks were primarily for Apple’s benefit and were met with disciplinary action when skipped, this bag checking legally constituted a timef in which […]
Have I Been Misclassified? You Could Have a Case
As per the California labor laws, employers should pay their employees minimum wages, overtime, provide rest breaks, and pay payroll taxes. However, you may not receive these benefits in case your employer misclassifies you as an independent contractor. When a non-exempt employee is misclassified, they are no longer under the protection of the law. Note […]
Who Should You Tell If You Aren’t Being Properly Paid?
The amount of money in your paycheck is a very important number. It’s your rate of pay for the hours you’ve worked. It’s your legal compensation for the role you are contractually pledged to fulfill. But when that number is wrong, your employer is in violation of fair labor law and your employment contract. The […]
Bag Checks are Now Paid Time According to California Supreme Court Ruling
Is it legal for employers to hold you for security bag checks after you clock out? This has been a debate raging since 2009 when a class action against Apple of now-over 12,000 employees formed concerning mandatory bag checks. Initially, the lower courts ruled that Apple did not have to pay their employees for the […]
7 Signs that You’ve Been Misclassified as a Contractor
Independent contractors are not entitled to minimum wage, benefits, or overtime pay. This allows actual contractors to work freely on long or short projects, setting a rate to charge based on the temporary value of their work. Real contracts find freedom in non-employee status. However, when employers start misclassifying employees as contractors, it’s a way […]
Is Your Employer’s Dress Code Policy Unfair?
Many employers require their workers to adhere to a dress code that suits the needs of their businesses. While the law does allow employers to implement dress codes, it also prohibits employers from infringing on the workers’ rights while doing so. You might be eligible for compensation or reimbursement if your employer has violated California […]
Your On-Call Employer Might Owe You Money
Being an on-call employee has its perks, but it also has its plights. Failure to receive appropriate wages is one of them. You may be entitled to compensation if you’re an on-call worker in California. You’ll be pleased to know that a California employment attorney might be able to help you if you feel as […]