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Can An Arbitration Agreement Prevent Me From Bringing A PAGA Lawsuit Against My Employer?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Employers often ask employees to sign arbitration agreements that contain broad provisions restricting the employees’ ability to sue the employer in court. Federal law makes it possible for employers to enforce these arbitration agreements, but state law can still restrict their scope. For example, the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) allows a current… Read More »

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Can I Fire An Employee For Sleeping On The Job?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

In general, a California employer can fire an employee at any time, with or without a reason. There are, of course, several critical exceptions. Notably, an employer cannot fire an employee based on certain legally protected categories, including a disability. But that presumes that the employer knew the employee had a disability in the… Read More »

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Can An Employer Refuse To Hire Or Promote An Employee In Favor Of “Someone Younger?”

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Age discrimination is against the law. Specifically, federal and California state laws forbid an employer from firing or refusing to hire someone based on age if the employee or job applicant is at least 40 years old. For example, an employer cannot reject a job candidate simply because they “want someone younger” to fill… Read More »

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When Must California “Prevailing Wage” Employees Receive Travel Time Pay?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

California requires anyone employed on a “public works” project worth more than $1,000 to receive at least the “prevailing wage” for all hours worked. The Department of Industrial Relations establishes the prevailing wage  that must be paid for all hours worked by a non-exempt employee in certain job classifications. Typically, the “hours worked” do… Read More »

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Federal Court Upholds California Restrictions On Arbitration Agreements

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

In 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 51 into law. This legislation barred employers from requiring employees (or prospective employees) to sign an arbitration, non-disparagement, or non-disclosure agreement as a condition of employment. To be clear, AB 51 did not bar such agreements outright; it merely stated that such agreements had to… Read More »

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As An Employee, Can I Object To The Settlement Of A PAGA Lawsuit?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

The California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) allows workers to sue their employers on behalf of the State for certain Labor Code violations and receive penalties for those violations which the employer must pay to the employees and the State. A PAGA claim is not the same thing as a class action. With a… Read More »

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What California’s “Silenced No More Act” Means For Employers

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

On October 7, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 331 into law. This bill, dubbed the “Silenced No More Act,” imposes new restrictions on California employers who wish to negotiate settlement or severance agreements with employees. What employee statements will be “Silenced No More?”  The employees’ statements about possible “unlawful acts” in the… Read More »

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Can My Employer Fire Me For Reporting An Injury Covered By Workers’ Compensation?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

California workers’ compensation law protects you if you are injured in the course or scope of your employment. Under workers’ compensation, your employer has to pay certain medical and wage replacement benefits regardless of cause or fault for the accident. But your employer does have the right to dispute the nature and extent of… Read More »

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Our Company Just Received A Labor Code 132a Claim. What Do We Do Now?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

As a California employer, you probably know that you are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance for all of your employees. The law does afford you certain rights to challenge a workers’ compensation claim. But in dealing with worker’ compensation issues, you also need to be careful and avoid a possible 132a claim. What… Read More »

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Can A California Employer Pay Me Less Because I Am A Woman?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

The gender pay gap has been a real, well-documented problem for decades. According to U.S. Census figures, an American female will earn, on average, about 82.3 cents for every $1.00 made by a male in a similar job. To remedy this problem, California has implemented legislation designed to reduce, and ideally eliminate, gender-based pay… Read More »

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