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How to Avoid Personal Assistant Job Scams

Posted in Firm News on August 30, 2018

Working from home seems like the perfect opportunity for millions of employees in the U.S. Job opportunities are available, but it can be hard to determine which listings are scams and which ones are a real chance for employment. A lot of scams come in the form of a job opening for a personal assistant… read more

What You Need to Know About Overtime Laws for Unpaid Internships

Posted in Firm News on August 30, 2018

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) dictates how employers can pay its employees. Any for-profit business must pay its employees a fair wage. Students and unpaid interns are not considered employees by the FLSA, so they are exceptions to this rule regarding employee compensation. Knowing the difference between a paid employee and an unpaid intern… read more

Arbitration Agreements – Can Your Employer Make You Waive Your Rights?

Posted in Class Action,Firm News,Wage & Hour Laws on August 16, 2018

Arbitration Agreements Are Generally Enforceable An issue that sometimes comes up at work is an arbitration agreement.   What happens when an employer requires employees to sign an arbitration agreement? In general, if an arbitration agreement meets certain legal requirements, employers can require them and they can be enforceable. In those cases, any claim that… read more

Are Your Unpaid Wages Too Trivial? Maybe Not

Posted in Class Action,Firm News,Wage & Hour Laws on August 3, 2018

California Supreme Court Decision – Troester v. Starbucks The term “de minimis” is a legal concept. It basically means that the legal system does not deal with “trifles”, or trivial things.  That’s what Starbucks argued when a former Starbucks employee, Douglas Troester, brought a class action lawsuit for a few minutes of unpaid “off the… read more

Everything You Need to Know About California’s Overtime Laws

Posted in Firm News on June 18, 2018

Overtime laws exist to provide due compensation to employees who work additional hours beyond the expected work day and work week. California law prohibits employers from requiring employees to work more than eight hours a workday and more than forty hours in a work week without compensation. Employees may not waive this right, and employers… read more

What to Expect When Settling a Wrongful Termination Suit

Posted in Firm News on June 18, 2018

Wrongful termination cases arise whenever an employer fires an employee in violation of the law or an employment agreement. The resulting lack of a job can bring on loss of income, loss of benefits, and emotional distress depending on the conditions of the firing. In California, several options for wrongful termination suits exist: Contract claims… read more

California’s New Employment Laws You Need To Know

Posted in Firm News on May 1, 2018

California employment laws change frequently. Since they are dynamic and continually evolving, staying up-to-date is the best way to understand your rights and responsibilities. Several new California laws might affect the way you work and obtain compensation for on-the-job injuries. We’ve outlined several you need to know about, as well as how they may impact… read more

What Are Your Rights During A Probationary Period At A New Job?

Posted in Firm News on October 12, 2017

When starting a new job, many workers are told they are in a probationary or introductory period. These periods vary in length but often last between 30 or 90 days. As you train into your job, the period can provide an opportunity for both you and your employer to see whether the job is a… read more

Will it become easier for employees to prove FMLA retaliation?

Posted in Firm News,Retaliation on October 6, 2017

Employers already face significant difficulties when FMLA leave-related disputes arise. A recent court ruling only increases the challenges companies deal with when disciplining or terminating an employee who is on or just completed FMLA leave. Cassandra Woods was an employee of START Treatment & Recovery Centers. Issues related and not related to work affected her… read more

HR group argues federal exempt overtime threshold should rise

Posted in Firm News,Wage & Hour Laws on October 4, 2017

A federal judge recently scuttled plans to raise the salary level that helps determine whether employees are entitled to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Workers who are subject to the federal FLSA are generally entitled to overtime pay unless they meet a specific exemption from the law. The salary level is part of… read more