According to the California Labor Code, at-will employment is employment that has no set duration and may therefore be terminated at any time and for any reason by either the employer or employee. Of course, an employer is still barred from basing an employee’s termination on discriminatory reasons prohibited by the Fair Employment and Housing Act. It is important to determine if you are an at-will employee because if you are ever … Read More
On “National Equal Pay Day,” President Obama Signs Two Executive Orders Designed to Cut into the National Gender Wage Gap.
In what is being viewed as a push toward gender equality in the workplace, President Obama signed two executive orders on April 8, 2014, relating to fair pay for women. The actions, which were signed on what Obama commemorated as “National Equal Pay Day,” were enacted in an attempt to bridge the national wage gap between the genders. The two orders signed on Tuesday were aimed at federal contractors, who have long … Read More
Amendments to California’s Whistleblower Statute Create New Protections for Whistleblowing Employees
California Labor Code Section 1102.5 was enacted in 1984 to protect employees who report violations of state and federal laws by their employers. Under this law, employers are prevented from enforcing policies which prohibit employees from reporting the illegal activities of employers to governmental agency, essentially “blowing the whistle” on the employer’s violations of the law. In addition, under the Whistleblower Statute, employers may not retaliate against their employees who report the … Read More