When you are new at a company or organization, you probably are focused on making a good impression and justifying the salary you are being paid. If you feel pressured by this, relax. Nervousness over the desire to do well is a natural feeling that many new employees encounter.

In managing these feelings and getting a feel for the culture of the workplace, you may not know that there are certain laws that apply that serve to protect you from overzealous employers who may want to exploit your enthusiasm and naivety. With that, this post will highlight a few things that you may not know that can help you.

Employers are supposed to classify you according to California law – If you are hired as a salaried employee, but are regularly asked to work more than 40 hours per week on a regular basis, there may be a question as to whether you are properly classified. Chances are that as an hourly employee you may earn a better wage.

Your time off for sick leave is protected – Under California law, you are entitled to at least three paid sick leave days when you are hired, and your employee handbook should detail how you may accumulate paid time off.

Your keystrokes may be monitored – The time you use the company’s network for Internet use, and the documents or items you may download will likely be watched by the company’s IT department or your supervisor.

If you have additional questions about your rights and options as an employee, an experienced attorney can help.