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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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Who Is My Employer?

Posted on September 4, 2015

Most employees can readily identify their employer. And, most employers can easily identify their own employees (or, they can check their records to figure it out). There are, however, some circumstances where an employee can have two employers and not even know it. Likewise, a business may have an employee and not be aware of it. How does this happen? It is a legal fiction and usually happens when two businesses work … Read More

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Two Categories of Sexual Harassment

Posted on August 4, 2015

Most of us have a broad understanding of what sexual harassment means in the workplace. The average person knows that it is unlawful to harass a person because of that person’s sex. The average person also knows the range of actions that could subject an employer or supervisor to liability such as unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and so on. As transparent as this sounds, bringing sexual harassment claims can … Read More

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Latest Increase in Minimum Wage Accompanied by an Increase in Overtime Pay and Wages for Certain Salaried Employees

Posted on August 4, 2015

The latest minimum wage increase for hourly employees in California occurred in July 2014, raising the minimum wage from $8 to $9 per hour. Along with the increase in the minimum hourly wage for hourly employees in California came an increase in minimum overtime pay and the minimum salary requirement for certain exempt (salaried) employees in California. Minimum Overtime Pay is now $13.50 Before the July 1 increase in minimum wage, employees … Read More

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Autozone to Pay $185 Million in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Posted on August 4, 2015

In what is one of the largest awards awarded to a plaintiff in a pregnancy discrimination case, a jury has awarded one California woman $185 million in punitive damages after she was fired and demoted for complaining about gender and pregnancy discrimination. In 2005, Rosario Juarez, a manager at an Autozone in National City, California, announced to her supervisor that she was pregnant. She says her announcement was met with disapproval, her … Read More

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