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How Much Break Time Does My Employer Have to Give Me?

Posted on October 13, 2016

I recently asked my 6 year-old niece what was her favorite subject in school and she replied:  “Recess.”  Certainly, that is true for most 6 year-olds.  The same likely is the case for working adults. Research shows that taking breaks during work is important for mental health and concentration, and that taking breaks actually prevents employees from getting bored, and thus unfocused.  Taking breaks also gives employees an opportunity to retain information and to take a … Read More

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Does “Sexual Harassment” Need to be Driven by Sexual Desires?

Posted on August 16, 2016

When we hear the term “sexual harassment”, many of us tend to think about a situation where someone is exposed to unwanted, harassing conduct. We also tend to think of this conduct as sexually driven, whether it is through inappropriate touching or sexually explicit comments. This limited understanding of sexual harassment prevents us from recognizing the full scope of the motivating factors behind this conduct and the intended definition of sexual harassment … Read More

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Can I be discriminated against because of my criminal record?

Posted on April 12, 2016

With the spotlight today on rehabilitation programs in prison, and programs to ease the transition back into society, it is no wonder that the law is evolving to protect those who have been previously in trouble with the law. Those with criminal records already face an uphill battle if they are applying for jobs. Surveys suggest that at least half of employers require background checks before officially hiring an employee. To battle … Read More

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Can I Sue My Employer If I Resign?

Posted on April 12, 2016

What if your employer created a work environment so hostile and intimidating that you did not want to go to work to face him or her anymore?  Many employees faced with the same scenario believe that they have no options.  If they ultimately get terminated, they may have an avenue to bring a wrongful termination lawsuit.  But, if they resign, how could they possibly have legal recourse if they left their place … Read More

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Can I take a leave from work to care for my child?

Posted on April 4, 2016

More than 65% of households in the United States are dual-income households.  Many of these households consist of at least one child.  In a nation that has seen a steep rise in both parents holding full time jobs, it comes as no surprise that state leave laws in the employment context, particularly those laws affecting children, have shifted accordingly. California is no exception and, in fact, has a number of family-friendly laws … Read More

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