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August 2015 Archives

What is national origin discrimination?

Although we often talk about racial discrimination in California, there is another, more insidious, type of discrimination that could be considered equally egregious: discrimination based on national origin. This larger umbrella captures discrimination against employees because they appear to belong to a certain ethnic group, but it also extends to those who hail from certain parts of the world, display an accent or even are married to a person of a particular ethnicity. You may be surprised to learn that discrimination may even occur between two workers who share the same national origin.

California, others pondering new laws supporting FMLA

After years of dealing with recession-era job issues -- along with an increasingly dwindling middle class -- lawmakers along the West Coast are dedicating themselves to helping their states' employees balance work/life issues. California, for instance, is currently considering a law that would broaden Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provisions, bolstering the state's already strong family leave policies. In fact, California was the first state to pass such accommodating laws in 2002, leading other states such as Rhode Island and New Jersey to follow suit. The current California law has already been approved by the state Senate and is currently under consideration by the Assembly.

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