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Coming changes for California's employment laws

The New Year will soon be upon us. With that, there are several changes to California employment law statutes that will take effect beginning January 1. These changes were enacted into law earlier this fall, but they have not taken effect yet. Nevertheless, it is prudent to use this post as a reminder to employees who may be affected by these changes.

What are some deadlines with filing discrimination claims?

Dealing with discrimination while on the job is undoubtedly difficult. After all, your job is vitally important to your well-being. If you don’t get paid, you can’t support your lifestyle; regardless of whether you are living frivolously or not. Also, discrimination can hamper your professional growth and even leave lasting emotional damage.

How do I know if I'm being treated unfairly?

Employees generally want a good working relationship with their boss or immediate supervisor. After all, such a relationship can be helpful for productivity, job satisfaction and opens up opportunities for advancement. What employee wouldn’t want that?

Could Farmers Insurance face a class action lawsuit?

In our last post, we highlighted how California’s new Equal Pay Act can help employees who challenge pay disparities based on gender. Essentially, the new law puts the burden of proof on employers to prove that such disparities are based on gender neutral factors, such as tenure, workplace responsibilities or specific expertise.

Does the new Equal Pay Act really protect employees?

If you ever wondered how much some of your co-workers made but were always afraid to ask, it was probably because you were afraid of what your employer would do if you were not happy to know that some of them made more money. Co-workers' salaries are closely guarded secrets in some private companies, and complaining about what someone else makes can lead to one being fired.

Two important points for pregnant employees to know

With September drawing to a close, many retailers have begun the process of hiring for the holiday season. This means that major retailers will be hiring thousands of temporary employees to handle the influx of merchandise and shoppers. More than just Black Friday, retailers depend on the holiday season to shore up their balance books. With that, they need additional employees to achieve their goals.

What applicants and employees can expect with alcohol testing

For those who have dealt with alcoholism before, you already know that it can be a frustrating disease to deal with. After all, most people believe that an alcohol problem is simply a choice, and not something that needs treatment like other diseases that affect one's decision making. For employees dealing with alcoholism, it is critical to know the boundaries of an employer's actions, whether you are applying for a job, have received an offer or you have worked for a particular employer for a number of years.

Ensuring that U.S. labor laws are enforced

Employees in the United States are among the most privileged and protected of all employees around the world. This wasn't, however, always the case. Today, U.S. labor laws like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963 help protect employees from suffering acts of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Unfortunately, acts of harassment, wage theft and discrimination still occur with significant frequency in many U.S. industries and workplaces.

Lawsuit claims UPS' policies discriminate against certain religious groups

The United States prides itself as being a nation of freedom and tolerance. While some may dispute one or both of these claims, U.S. labor and employment laws make it illegal for employers to discriminate against an employee or potential employee due to his or her religious beliefs and related customs. However, despite these anti-discrimination laws, some employers have either explicit or implicit policies that prohibit employees from wearing certain types of clothing and from having facial hair.

California provides protections against workplace bullying

In recent years, elementary and secondary schools across the U.S. have taken steps to stop bullying. However, bullying behaviors like taunting, teasing, threatening and name calling aren't just a problem in schools. Statistics from the Workplace Bullying Institute indicate that more than one-quarter of U.S. employees admit to being victims of bullying at work.

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