New Regulations Implemented for Constructing Employment Policies Against Harassment and Discrimination

Posted on October 25, 2016

As of April 1, 2016, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council has implemented new regulations for constructing employment policies against harassment and discrimination in the workplace.  Any employer with five or more employees is required by law to have a written policy against harassment and discrimination in the workplace, and there are certain requirements that these new policies must meet. An employer’s policy must list all of the protected parties that … Read More

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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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Can My Employer Discriminate Against Me Because of My Religious Obligations?

Posted on September 28, 2016

Under state and federal law, potential employers or current employers have no right to discriminate against you because of your religion or your religious obligations.  For example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits an employer from refusing to hire someone in order to avoid accommodating a religious practice that could be accommodated without undue hardship.  An important aspect of this law is that it applies even if the employee … 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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