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What California Employers Need To Know About “Emergency Conditions” And Retaliation Claims

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Employers in California must comply with a wide range of state and federal laws concerning employment discrimination and retaliation. Generally speaking, employers are prohibited from taking any adverse action against employees who exercise a wide range of rights under state or federal law, including reporting or participating in employment discrimination cases, union activities, or… Read More »

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Rest And Meal Periods At Work: What Employees Should Know

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Employees in California must have the opportunity for a meal break after working for a specific amount of time, as well as rest breaks after being on the job for a particular amount of time. It is important to understand that these are laws that protect employees under California law. Most federal laws do… Read More »

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What Are Required Workplace Postings For Employers?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Employers in California are required to comply with all regulations concerning workplace postings about employment law. Applicable regulations ensure that employees in the workplace have access to information about their rights under California state law and federal law. While these obligations are known as posting requirements, it is important for California employers to know… Read More »

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Common Unpaid Overtime Violations

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Employees in California who are not exempt from overtime laws are entitled to be paid for overtime if they work more than 40 hours in a workweek, typically. Some workers with alternative work schedules or in certain occupations, such as personal attendants, have different overtime rules. Overtime pay is 1.5 times the regular rate… Read More »

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Who Is Liable For Sexual Harassment At Work?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Employees have protections against sexual harassment in the workplace under both California state and federal law. Federal laws prohibiting sexual harassment, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, only cover employers with 15 or more employees. Yet employers anywhere in California should know that they are covered by laws that… Read More »

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When Can A Delay In Seeking Arbitration Affect A California Employer’s Contractual Right To Do So?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Employers often prefer arbitration to litigation to resolve employment-related legal disputes. Federal and state law strongly favors the enforcement of arbitration agreements, provided they are entered into voluntarily by employers and employees and do not contain “unconscionable” terms. Of course, the existence of an arbitration agreement is meaningless if the employer does not actually… Read More »

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What Employees Should Know About Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Employees in Southern California have a right to work without being subjected to sexual harassment on the job. When an employee does have concerns about sexual harassment at work, it is important to seek advice from a Riverside County employment law attorney who can help. At the Law Office of Karen J. Sloat, APC,… Read More »

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What Should Employers Include In Employee Handbooks?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Employers in Southern California have many responsibilities toward employees under state law, including responsibilities that concern paying appropriate and timely wages, taking steps to prevent and handle discrimination claims in the workplace, and ensuring that the workplace is safe for any workers. Employee handbooks are important for employers of all sizes in Southern California… Read More »

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Can An Employer Punish You For Taking FMLA Leave?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and its state counterpart, the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) provide employees with the right to take a certain number of unpaid leave days under certain circumstances. This leave is “job protected,” meaning the employer cannot fire or discipline an employee who exercises their rights to… Read More »

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What Employers Should Know About Retaliation

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

It is important for employers in California to understand how retaliation is defined under state and federal law, and the ways in which certain types of actions could constitute unlawful retaliation. Laws Prohibiting Retaliation at California Workplaces  Many different state and federal laws prohibit retaliation in the workplace against employees who engage in protected… Read More »

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