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Category: Firm News

Work From Home Laws in California

Posted in Firm News on November 14, 2018

With more people working remotely from home, it’s important to know the laws in your state and how they pertain to you as an employee. Remote workers have the same rights as those who work in traditional offices, though some exceptions do exist for these situations. If you’re a telecommuter and are unsure of your… read more

When Workplace Relationships Lead to Harassment

Posted in Firm News on November 13, 2018

As most people know, 2018 was the year of the #MeToo movement. One strong voice became many, as women and men came out in force to raise awareness of sexual assault. They let the world know they weren’t going to stand by and allow sexual harassment to continue in the workplace – or anywhere else,… read more

What Are Your Rights as a Freelance Worker in California?

Posted in Firm News on September 28, 2018

You may hear a lot about “employee’s rights” in Los Angeles, but what if you aren’t technically an employee? As flexible and remote work options become more prominent throughout the U.S., the number of people working as freelancers or independent contractors is growing. A freelancer works for him/herself, with no “boss” or employer. With the… read more

Bystander Effect of Workplace Harassment

Posted in Firm News on September 27, 2018

Many workplace harassment incidents don’t only involve the victim and the perpetrator. Instead, many members of the office or corporation may be aware that something illegal is occurring, yet never report a problem. The culture of silence surrounding workplace harassment has gotten in the way of legal action, arrests, and justice in the past. Spotting… read more

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