5 New California Employment Laws for 2017

The laws which govern employment in California are complex and constantly changing, a fact that represents a significant challenge for human resource professionals and workers in the golden state.  According to the California Chamber of Congress, the legal requirements regarding issues ranging from sexual harassment to worker’s compensation to whistle blowing and employment discrimination “can be […]

Recover Your Unpaid Overtime Wages

Hard work can feel good, but not when you are not rightfully compensated. California state law protects workers by regulating how workers are paid when working overtime and extended work weeks. The overtime laws in California are very clear-cut: You are entitled to time-and-a-half pay for any hours over eight hours in a day and […]

2017: New California Employment Laws

There will be several new California employment laws in 2017. Changes in employment law are, for the most part, intended to provide California workers with more rights and protections. It is up to employers to become familiar with the new laws as failure to comply can lead to civil penalties and lawsuits brought by employees […]

What To Do, And Not To Do, When You’re Getting Fired

One of the most exciting experiences I have as an employment lawyer is meeting a prospective new client, hearing their story, and starting to formulate in my own mind the many ways I’m gonna make that rotten company pay for what they did. As the story unfolds, I start to see a great case for […]

Tip Credit System: Are You Receiving What You Are Entitled To?

In the employment law wage and hour niche, there are few actions more risky than the tip credit system. If you are unfamiliar with the tip credit system, the general rule is that tips do not belong to employers, they are the personal property of the employee. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers […]

Wrongful Termination: Fired For Requesting Maternity Leave

Earlier this month, a complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Cisco Systems Inc. by a woman alleging she was subjected to wrongful termination after she requested maternity leave in advance. The complaint was filed by Diane Woodruff on June 24 alleging a violation of the Family […]

Am I An Employee Or Independent Contractor?

There are various reasons why being an employee or an independent contractor can be beneficial to both parties involved. There are other circumstances where the one being paid to perform work is at a disadvantage when classified as an independent contractor. The misclassified worker will likely not be compensated at a higher rate for any […]

Professional Cheerleaders to be Treated as Employees Under New California Law

On July 15, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 202 into law. The Bill requires professional sports teams to treat professional cheerleaders as employees under the new California employment law. The aim of the new law is to provide more protection for cheer athletes in California from being paid less than minimum wage. The […]

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Fair Day’s Pay Act

On October 11, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown approved Senate Bill 588, the Fair Day’s Pay Act and filed it with the California Secretary of State. This law is aimed at cracking down on employers that fail to pay wages to employees even after a judgment in the employee’s favor has been entered. The change in […]