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No small matter: Recognizing signs of workplace harassment

You've been working at the same California location for a long time. Some days, you bound out of bed and can't wait to get to the office to put your best foot forward toward a productive, successful workday. Other days, you wish you never had to show up for work again, at least in that particular place.

Deciding to join a wage and hour class action lawsuit

As a California worker, you have certain rights. Federal and California laws entitle many employees to overtime pay and also prohibit certain unfair labor practices such as "working off the clock". If you find yourself in this situation, you could have various legal options available to you. In some cases, you may have grounds to join in a wage and hour class action lawsuit.

Combating harassment in the workplace

When an employee experiences harassment or other types of mistreatment in the workplace, he or she may feel hurt, embarrassed, overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do next. If you believe that you are a victim of illegal behavior that is harassing or demeaning, you have the right to take legal steps to protect yourself and your interests.

Keep your job and help your family: your rights under FMLA

Most California employees are aware of the fact that mothers and fathers have the right to a certain amount of time away from work when a new child is born or brought home through fostering or adoption. The rights granted to certain employees through the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) go beyond maternity and paternity leave, extending to other types of family and medical emergencies.

Why you should take repetitive stress injuries seriously

When you think of workplace injuries, do you automatically think of serious injuries and trauma suffered as the result of an accident, fall, or other similar incident? Most people think that workplace injuries are always the result of a sudden event, but in many cases, some of the most painful and debilitating injuries develop over time.

Does A Company Have To Pay An Intern?

Nowadays, it seems that any college student's resume is incomplete without an internship - the more well-known and prestigious the employer, the better. For both student and company, it seems like a win-win arrangement: the intern gains a reference and real-life work experience while the company gets free labor. Or is it really that simple?

Countering Myths About The New Overtime Rules

In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced new rules that dramatically increase the number of workers eligible for overtime pay. The rules increase the wage threshold from $455 per week (or $23,660 for a full-year worker) to $913 per week (or $47,476 for a full-year worker. The new overtime rules go into effect on December 1, 2016.

Serious health conditions and FMLA

Although some health issues can resolve rather quickly, others can result in long-term medical treatment and recovery times for patients. A California employer may have questions about discerning between serious health conditions and less serious situations as an employee requests FMLA leave. When conditions provided for in the law are met, an employee may take advantage of job-protected time away.

Determining whether an employee is covered by FMLA

Many California employees appreciate the availability of leave through FMLA as they address personal or family situations such as a serious illness. However, some face conflict with their employers based on disputes over eligibility. Both employers and employees need to be aware of the basic requirements for eligibility to ensure that such misunderstandings can be resolved effectively.

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