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Job References & Hiring: What can employers say in California?

When applying for new jobs, many California employees face a common concern: they didn’t leave their last job on the best terms, but they have to give an honest list of their last jobs to their prospective employer. So, what can a former employ… Read More
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Family Care and Medical Leave in California: A General Overview.

In California, family care and medical leave in the employment context are governed by both state and federal laws. On the federal level, the Family and Medical Leave Act (called “FMLA”) is the operative set of laws. On the state level, the Calif… Read More
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Defamation in the Workplace: California lawsuits to protect employees.

Spreading lies or false rumors can be extremely harmful to a person’s career or reputation. False rumors concerning an employee’s competence or honesty can often spread quickly throughout the workplace. These rumors can prevent employees from obt… Read More
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Drug Rehab Programs & Disability Protections under California Law

In California, drug addictions and alcoholism are sometimes considered disabilities. People with disabilities receive certain legal protections in dealing with their employers. California has adopted protections for drug addicts and alcoholics in ord… Read More
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At-Will Employment in California: Definition & Limitations.

In California, most employment is, by default, defined as being “at-will.” Employment that is “at-will” may be terminated at any time at the will of either party—either the employee or the employer—with or without cause. E… Read More
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Whistleblower & Retaliation Protections in California

Both California and federal employment law provide protections for employees that report employer wrongdoing to a government agency. Employees are also protected for reporting violations of California state constitutional law. Employees who report vi… Read More
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Can my employer read my e-mail? California employment law explained.

In workplaces across California, employers provide their employees with useful electronic tools. These include: cell phones, computers, laptops, tablets, e-mail addresses, and even websites. In most cases, these tools improve productivity and make th… Read More
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Payroll Debit Cards in California: What’s the Law for Employers?

Just the other day, one of our attorneys, wrote a blog post about the payment of wages under California’s Labor Code. In it, he briefly discussed whether employers are allowed to use payroll debit cards as a method of paying their workers. Today, a… Read More
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Unpaid Wages & California’s Labor Code: When & How Wages Must be Paid

Under federal and California law, it is illegal for employers to not pay their workers on time. Unfortunately, unpaid wage disputes are common and many employers do not pay employees their full wages on time. California’s Labor Code has endorse… Read More
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Hiring Discrimination Law: What criteria can California employers use?

California workers have numerous protections during the hiring process. The application of these protections, however, will vary from case-to-case. The criteria that employers may use in selecting candidates for employment have been the subject of ma… Read More
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