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March 2016 Archives

Are you being paid regularly and appropriately?

In the past, we've discussed California wage law numerous times, mostly with regard to topics such as minimum wage or fair and proper pay for all the hours you worked. Employers have some obligations, for example, to pay workers for overtime. One thing we might not have covered is the fact that employers also have to make payments to employees as agreed upon when the employee was hired.

2 types of sexual harassment

Employees and employers might thing they know exactly what sexual harassment is, but the legal definition of this type of harassment might be more expansive than you think. In movies and television, sexual harassment is often portrayed as someone asking for sex in exchange for something else in the workplace. This is definitely a form of sexual harassment, known as quid pro quo sexual harassment, but it is not the only form sexual harassment takes.

How to deal with the stress of workplace discrimination

From the outside looking in, some people don't understand just how stressful it is to be the victim of workplace discrimination. But if you find yourself in this position, if you are the person who is being discriminated against, it is easy to realize that you are in a tough spot. You may feel that there is no way out. You may feel that you are alone and nobody can help.

Paid medical leave in California: State versus federal law

The California Family Rights Act requires that employees be offered unpaid family or medical leave during certain events, including certain medical conditions that require treatment that will limit a person's attendance at work temporarily, the birth or adoption of a child or the need to care for a dependent child, elderly parent or spouse. In many ways, the California laws regarding leave are similar to the federal laws on the same topic, but there are some places the two part ways.

Are you familiar with the costs of workplace discrimination?

As an employee, you know that you have certain rights. You also know that your employer could cross the line at some point. Did you know that workplace discrimination costs companies more than $60 billion every year? These costs are incurred in a variety of ways, such as through the approximately two million people who leave their job because they are being discriminated against.

Do you know what California minimum wage is for you?

Did you know that as of Jan. 1 of this year, the California minimum wage was raised by 11.1 percent over the previous minimum wage? The minimum wage is now $10 per hour for many workers; previously, it was only $9. California's minimum wage is also almost $3 more than the federal minimum wage, which is still set at $7.25 at the time of this post.

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