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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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How Failing To Provide Proper Wage Statements Can Prove Costly To Your California Business

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

If you run a California business with nonexempt employees–i.e., workers who are subject to minimum wage and overtime laws–you need to keep detailed time records of any and all hours worked and applicable pay rates. Each employee must receive a wage statement (pay stub) explaining for each pay period, explaining how that employee’s pay… Read More »

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Is Your Employer Liable For Injuries You Sustain At An Off-Site Work Meeting?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have shifted to working from home either part- or full-time. This does, however, raise an interesting legal question. Under California law, an employer has an “affirmative duty” to provide employees with a safe workplace. But does that duty extend to employees working out of their home or… Read More »

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Do California Employers Have To Pay Employees For Time Spent In COVID-19 Screenings?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

The ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic has led–or in many cases compelled–California employers to adopt new protocols to help keep their employees and workplaces safe. For example, many employers now conduct mandatory health screenings for COVID-19 symptoms–asking basic questions, taking temperatures–before an employee is allowed to start working for the day. But this… Read More »

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Can My Employer Force Me To Sign An Arbitration Agreement Without Reading It First?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Employers will often present arbitration agreements to newly hired employees. Sometimes this comes as a separate agreement. Other times it is a page of terms included in a longer document like an employee handbook. Generally, if an employee signs an arbitration agreement of any sort, they are legally bound by its terms. This may… Read More »

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If I Am Fired, Does The Employer Have To Pay My Final Wages Right Away?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Under California law, when an employer “discharges” an employee, any earned and unpaid wages are due immediately. In other words, if you are fired, or  your job assignment has ended, your employer must pay you right away. If the employer “willfully” fails to comply with the law, you have the right to sue, and… Read More »

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