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More training and safety needed for California wildfire prevention workers

California struggled with devastating wildfires in 2018. The state now faces the daunting task of figuring out how to manage its forests so that such large-scale disasters do not occur again in...

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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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California Law on When Employees Must Be Paid

California Labor Code § 204 requires most employees to be paid at least two times a month on dates that are designated in advance by the employer as paydays. The payday for...

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Wages Must Be Paid in Money and What if the Employee Disputes the Amount Owed?

Some employers attempt to avoid their responsibility to timely pay employee wages by attempting to make payments in some form other than in cash or cash equivalent, for example with vouchers, in...

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When Must an Employer Pay an Employee His Final Wages? What Are the Consequences if an Employer Is Late?

In California, for employees who are terminated, all earned and unpaid wages must be paid immediately and on the day of the termination. For employees who quit, all earned and unpaid wages...

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