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April 2015 Archives

What direct care workers should know about wages and overtime

If you are a direct care worker who works for a home care agency or other type of third party employer, there were some changes that occurred on January 1, 2015, that could affect your pay and overtime. On that date, federal regulations changed and home care agencies are now required to pay employees at least the amount of federal minimum wage for the hours their employees have worked.

Sexual Harassment In The Health Care Setting

Professional nursing groups pay attention to issues related to sexual assault and harassment in the medical workplace. Organizations such as the American Nursing Association offer training to members to help nurses and other health care professionals prevent sexual assault. The need for this should not be surprising, as health care professionals are victims of more than half of all workplace violence incidents, including incidents of sexual assault and rape, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Richmond police chief facing sexual harassment lawsuit

In an unusual case of "he said, he said," a former Richmond, California, police officer has filed a lawsuit against the openly gay chief of police claiming sexual harassment. The former officer claims that he was fired back in 2013 after he accused the police chief of making sexual advances against him that were unwanted.

Executive order addresses transgender discrimination issues

An executive order that was signed last week by President Barack Obama officially made into law an order that bans discrimination against federal employees and contractors who are gay or transgender. The order comes on the heels of a March 16, 2015, hearing held by the United States Commission on Civil rights to discuss workplace discrimination against those who are part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender community.

What you should know about reverse discrimination

Reverse discrimination is a term used to describe an action where an individual or group of individuals who are members of a majority, are discriminated against due to what is considered a protected factor, such as gender or race. As an example, a Caucasian male is turned down for a promotion because a company is trying to promote more women or African-Americans into management, even though the male is the more qualified candidate.

California employers benefit by misclassifying workers

Independent contractors work for California employers but are not classified as employees. Contract workers are not afforded the job protections employees have due to this separate title. Without the status of an employee, independent contractors forfeit benefits like group health care coverage, workers' compensation benefits for job-related illnesses and injuries and family leave.

How are spouses defined in the Family and Medical Leave Act?

California employment laws provide protections for workers that aren't available in other parts of the country. Some laws like the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act have overlapping provisions. The extended protections for Los Angeles workers highlight the laws' differences.

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