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Former executive sues Unity Technologies CEO for sexual harassment

In the aftermath of the Me Too movement, there has been a lot of media coverage focusing on reports of sexual harassment in the tech industry and the associated problems with the…

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Severance Agreements and Unemployment Benefits – Potential Pitfalls for the Unemployed

There is no federal or California law that requires employers to pay “severance” pay to employees who resign or are terminated.  However, some employees may be offered severance pay – sometimes because…

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Meal Breaks for California Employees

In California non-exempt employees must be “provided” a 30-minute meal period for ever five hours worked.  Employees who work ten hours or more in a workday must be provided with two 30-minute…

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The “Professional” Exemption in California

As discussed in a prior posting, California’s wage and hour law makes a distinction between “exempt” and “non-exempt” employees, not salaried versus hourly employees.  Exempt employees are not entitled to overtime pay,…

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The Executive Exemption – What Is It and Who Qualifies?

Although many employees are paid a salary each month or bi-weekly, California’s wage and hour law makes a distinction between “exempt” and “non-exempt” employees, not salaried versus hourly.  Most of the protections…

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Things to Consider Before Quitting Your Job

A common dilemma faced by many employees is a variation of this theme: “my supervisor or my co-workers are making my work life miserable. I feel harassed, demeaned and put down all…

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Former Employees May Use Client Lists to Solicit Customers Unless the List Is a Trade Secret

In the latest installment of California’s fair competition law, an appellate court provided additional guidance about the scope and extent that employees can solicit clients of their former employer. In the case…

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California’s Supreme Court Holds that Employees Have No Expectation of Privacy where Employer Secretly Videotaped Their Workplace

In an August 2009 decision, California’s Supreme Court held that an employer may secretly videotape its employee’s workspace without notifying the employees in advance and that this conduct does not invade the…

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California Employers Must Reimburse Expenses and Indemnify Employees for Work-Related Losses

California Labor Code § 2802 requires an employer to indemnify an employee for all losses and reasonable expenses incurred in the discharge of the employee’s duties. Traditionally, this means such items as…

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