Category: Employment Law

Employee or Independent Contractor: A Look at Current California Employment Law

Employees and independent contractors have separate provisions and exemptions under California employment law, so it is important for both employers and workers to understand the differences between the two classifications. No one wants to be denied their rights or have to face legal action, because they chose or received the

California’s Fair Pay Act: What It Means for Employers and Employees

You may have been hearing about a new employment law in California called the Fair Pay Act, which is awaiting Governor Brown’s signature but expected to go into effect shortly. The Fair Pay Act is a bold move forward for men and women workers in California, as it ensures an

Are Employee Handbooks Required under California Laws?

Employment laws in California offer certain provisions to employers, including a number of rights and protections specific to businesses within the state. As part of these employment laws, an employer is not required to have an employee handbook; however, there are certain policies that must be included should the employer

New California Employment Law: Paid Sick Leave

On July 1, 2015, the Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act of 2014 went into effect. This new employment law impacts how employers handle paid sick days for workers. The New Rules According to the Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act of 2014, employees are: Eligible for paid sick leave if they

Employment Law Event: Hot Topics Panel Discussion + Live Webcast

Mandatory paid sick leave, immigration protections, and prevailing wages…there is a lot of activity this year in employment law. With all of the new legislation going into effect for 2015 and 2016, it should be a particularly interesting discussion at this month’s live and webcast event: Hot Topics in Employment

Workplace Sexual Harassment: What to Do When You’re the Victim

Think you’ve just experienced workplace sexual harassment? Here are some steps you can take to resolve the issue. Make a record of it. Before speaking to a manager or HR director at your company, put together your records on the situation. Any harassing emails, online communication, or voicemails that support

How to Appeal an Unemployment Decision in California

If you applied for unemployment in California, but were denied, then you may want to consider appealing the unemployment decision to try and recover the benefits. According to the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD), you can appeal an unemployment decision with a first level appeal. This appeal must