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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Taking Time Off to Care for Family or to Care for Yourself – FMLA/CFRA Notice Requirements

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) both allow eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks per calendar year of unpaid leave.  The…

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California’s Pregnancy Disability Leave Law

California’s Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) law allows pregnant women who are “disabled” during their pregnancy to take up to four months of leave from work.  The term, disabled, is a bit misleading…

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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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