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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Hands OFF Those PAGA Rights

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Employers: if your standard employment contract includes a mandatory arbitration clause, please be aware that there are limits on what issues and claims you can force into arbitration. In a recent California Appellate Court case, an employer included a mandatory arbitration clause in its employment contract. Within the arbitration clause was a provision allowing… Read More »

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Employee or Independent Contractor?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Do you have Independent Contractors providing services to your business? If you do, be aware that California has strict standards to determine who is truly an Independent Contractor, versus who is actually an employee being intentionally misclassified as an independent contractor. The Courts, the Labor Commissioner and government agencies are applying strict scrutiny to… Read More »

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“Benevolent” Employers Beware

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Sometimes an employer is approached by an employee with a special request, such as paying the employee “under the table,” or underreporting the employee’s hours to payroll, so the employee doesn’t lose certain government benefits such as low-income housing assistance. This proposition may be tempting for the employer, as it would allow the employee… Read More »

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