Category Archives: Employment Lawyer For Employees
Top Ten 2023 Labor And Employment Law Updates
To all California Employers and Employees Please note all of these new California employment laws, effective January 1, 2023, which affect your workplace: 1. Reminder: Minimum Wage Increase Minimum wage is $15.50 per hour for all employers regardless of size. Most of you are aware of the increase to the minimum wage, but employers… Read More »
Rest And Meal Periods At Work: What Employees Should Know
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 »
Common Unpaid Overtime Violations
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 »
What Employees Should Know About Sexual Harassment In The Workplace
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 »
Can An Employer Punish You For Taking FMLA Leave?
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 »
Is Your Employer Liable For Injuries You Sustain At An Off-Site Work Meeting?
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 »
Can My Employer Force Me To Sign An Arbitration Agreement Without Reading It First?
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 »
If I Am Fired, Does The Employer Have To Pay My Final Wages Right Away?
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 »
Are Employers Liable For A Customer’s Sexual Harassment Of An Employee?
Federal and state labor laws protect employees from sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment is often associated with unwelcome sexual advances from managers or co-workers. But an employer may also be liable for failing to take appropriate corrective action when a third party–such as customer–sexually harasses employees who report such conduct. Las Vegas… Read More »
How California Law Protects “Whistleblower” Employees
Employees should never be placed in a position where they have to break the law or engage in fraudulent or unethical behavior just to keep their jobs. For this reason, California law provides strong protections for employees who act as “whistleblowers” to expose such corporate malfeasance. Among other things, this means a worker who… Read More »