Catering workers at Los Angeles airport sue for unpaid overtime

Under California law, employers must pay employees all their wages in a timely manner. This also applies to overtime pay for all hours worked. If an employer is violating the rights of…

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Family Medical Leave for California Employees – A Basic Overview

For California employees, both the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) provide up to 12 weeks per year of job-protected, unpaid leave because of:…

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FMLA and CFRA Require Reinstatement to the Same or Comparable Employment Position

One of the key provisions of FMLA/CFRA leave is the right to reinstatement to the same or comparable position after the leave. A “comparable position” is defined as a position which is…

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Vacation Pay for California Employees

There is no California or federal law, which requires employers to provide employees with vacation time.  Nonetheless, if the employer does provide vacation time, certain provisions of the California Labor Code must…

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Are Employers Required to Accommodate a Temporary Disability?

A vexing question for employees who have been hurt, been in an accident, or who suffer from a temporary medical condition is whether their employer is required to provide a reasonable accommodation…

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Workplace Harassment – What Is and Is Not Harassment?

Although the terms “harassment” or “hostile work environment” are often used to describe a difficult work environment, not every malicious or callous act taken by an employer against an employee qualifies as…

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COBRA Health Care Benefits

Despite the acrimony surrounding President Obama’s signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (better known as the health care bill), many of the most important provisions to bring health care…

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Religion in the Workplace – A Delicate Balancing Act

Recently I had a series of inquires about the role of religion in the workplace – is an employer required to give employees time off for an important religious holiday?  And, does…

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Using Sick Leave to Care for Family Members

In general, California does not require employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees nor are employers obligated to give employees unpaid sick leave.  Also, even if sick leave is provided,…

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