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Co-Worker Harassment

By Coast Employment Law, APC |

Harassment of any kind is unacceptable in the workplace. California law prohibits hostile workplace harassment, meaning attacks and other hostility based on membership in a protected class (i.e., based on the employee’s race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc.). California law also prohibits workplace “quid pro quo” sexual harassment, which occurs when a supervisor demands… Read More »

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How Does Severance Pay Work in California?

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Unfortunately, not everyone gets to leave their employment on their own terms. Whether due to downsizing, layoffs, or termination for cause, losing your job can create unexpected hardship and financial stress. Severance pay can be a nice benefit to ease the sting of being terminated. Many employers offer severance packages to certain employees who… Read More »

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Exempt vs. Not Exempt Overtime Pay in California

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California employees are guaranteed certain protections, including the right to workers’ compensation benefits, protection from harassment and discrimination, overtime pay, minimum wage, and certain rest breaks throughout the day. Not all employees are entitled to all protections, however. In California, certain employees are exempt from overtime pay requirements. Read on to learn about the… Read More »

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A Summary of California’s Laws on Vacation Pay and Paid Time Off

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The provision of vacation time to employees is a privilege, not an entitlement, offered by many California employers. Both employees and employers should have an understanding of their rights and responsibilities under vacation or paid time off (PTO) policies, such as how vacation time can be used, when employees are owed money for unused… Read More »

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Wage Laws on Mandatory Training: What Are Training Wages in CA?

By Coast Employment Law, APC |

Sometimes, a company will hire an employee and give them a start date two weeks out, but require the employee to attend “training” before their first day. Other times, employers may require current employees to attend training after work hours or on the weekends. In either circumstance, can the employer claim that the employee… Read More »

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Overtime on the Seventh Day: Working 7 Days in a Row

By Coast Employment Law, APC |

California’s labor laws require employers to pay workers overtime when they exceed typical work hours for a given day or a given week. The typical workday is eight hours, and the typical workweek is forty hours over a seven-day period. For covered employees not subject to an exemption, working seven days in a row… Read More »

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Wrongful Demotion Laws in California

By Coast Employment Law, APC |

California is an “at-will” employment state. That means that employers can generally terminate any employee for nearly any reason, so long as the reason itself is not illegal (unlawful discrimination, retaliation for exercising a legal right, etc.), the termination does not fall within certain protected time periods (such as protected medical or family leave),… Read More »

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California Court Blocks New Anti-Arbitration Agreement Law

By Coast Employment Law, APC |

We previously discussed California’s new law that bans mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of employment, and the surprising move by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to reverse its long-standing opposition to such mandatory agreements. The latest development regarding arbitration agreements is a realization of the fears of advocates of the new… Read More »

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California Bans Mandatory Arbitration Agreements in Employment, EEOC Goes the Other Way

By Coast Employment Law, APC |

In a previous post, we explained that Governor Newsom signed into law a bill that bans employers from forcing employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of employment. The new law mirrored a bill that the California legislature had previously passed but which had been vetoed by former Governor Jerry Brown. Employee… Read More »

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California DFEH Clarifies Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

By Coast Employment Law, APC |

As we previously discussed, California recently passed a series of laws granting expanded protections for employees and imposing a host of new worker-friendly responsibilities on California employers.  Many of these laws go into effect this coming January, although the legislature has extended the deadline for compliance with the new sexual harassment training requirements to… Read More »

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