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How Non-Work-Related Injuries Can Impact a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Posted in Firm News,Wage & Hour Laws,Workers Compensation on December 29, 2020

Filing for workers’ compensation after a work-related injury should be a relatively straightforward process. Unfortunately, it is all too common for people to encounter all types of unique and complex variables that interfere with their claim. In some cases, injuries that occur outside of work may influence workers’ compensation benefits received for a prior work-related… read more

What You Need to Know About FMLA in CA During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted in Firm News,Wage & Hour Laws,Workers Compensation on December 12, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to influence the industries within our country, it has also greatly affected the workforce. When employees become infected with the virus or need to stay home for sick family members, they are faced with tough decisions regarding their employment. Generating income must be balanced with maintaining the health and safety… read more

California Expands Workers’ Rights to Protected Leave Under The California Family Rights Act

Posted in Firm News on October 5, 2020

Recently, California’s Governor signed Senate Bill No. 1383 into law, which expands the protections afforded under the California Family Rights Act to more California workers. Prior to this change, the California Family Rights Act generally applied only to employers that employed 50 or more employees.  Therefore, workers employed at smaller companies were not afforded the… read more

Are Rideshare Drivers Employees?

Posted in Firm News on June 19, 2019

Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies have been at the center of an employment law controversy almost since their inception. Unlike taxi companies, ridesharing services do not classify their drivers as employees. Instead, they classify them as independent contractors in all 50 states. This makes rideshare drivers ineligible to receive benefits promised to employees under… read more

What Do I Do If I Was Misclassified as an Independent Contractor?

Posted in Firm News on May 14, 2019

It is every employer’s legal duty to properly classify its workers as either employees or independent contractors according to certain criteria. The correct classification is important because it can determine your pay scale, taxes, benefits, rights, and responsibilities as a worker. If you believe your boss has misclassified you as an independent contractor when you… read more

Can My Boss Deny My Time Off Request? What Are My Rights in CA?

Posted in Firm News on April 12, 2019

Virtually every employer offers some type of discretionary time off policy. Some employers allow employees to accrue paid vacation days, sick days, personal days, and paid time off. Employees have the right to use discretionary paid leave as they see fit in accordance with employer policies. For example, an employer may allow you to take… read more

What Is the False Claims Act: Who Does It Protect?

Posted in Firm News on March 20, 2019

Due to recent occurrences within the federal government, most Americans have heard of whistleblower protections. However, the False Claims Act and its protections are much less well-known, even though the two go hand in hand. What is the False Claims Act? Who does it protect? What Is the False Claims Act? People often refer to… read more

What Is Quid Pro Quo Harassment in the Workplace

Posted in Firm News on February 20, 2019

Sexual discrimination in the workplace is an unacceptable offense that comes in many forms. An employer or coworker who makes sexually suggestive comments, overt sexual remarks, or engages in any unwanted contact creates a hostile work environment for the victim. One of the most common forms of sexual harassment in the workplace is quid pro… read more

Can Your Employer Monitor Your Private Work Messages?

Posted in Firm News on January 11, 2019

Technology allows for greater communication, but it also leaves an electronic footprint of all your private discussions. In personal circumstances, you expect your email and private messages to remain private – and for the most part, you have that right. Workplace electronic communication is a different story. Many employers take advantage of certain tracking devices… read more

What Does California Law Say About Breast Pumping at Work?

Posted in Firm News on January 9, 2019

Breastfeeding is a necessary action mothers perform in order to keep their babies happy, healthy, and fed. Unfortunately, many people still view breastfeeding as vulgar, inappropriate, and shameful. As a result, employers, schools, and social stigma have forced mothers to breastfeed in poor conditions, exposing babies to germs from bathrooms and other private areas. California… read more

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