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Can My California Employer Make Direct Deposit Mandatory in 2022?

Mandatory Direct Deposit Unlawful in California

California law is clear: California employees are not required to receive wage payments via direct deposit.  Employers must provide employee choice with regard to receipt of pay. Labor Code section 213 permits employers to pay employees via direct deposit into an account of the employee’s choosing, so long as the ...

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Can California Employees Waive The Right To Overtime Compensation?

California law reflects the state’s strong public policy in favor of full payment of wages for all hours worked.  Armenta v. Osmose, 135 Cal. App. 4th 314, 321-24 (2005).  California employees are entitled to collect overtime compensation, based on a multiple of their regular hourly rate. California Labor Code § ...

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Can Employers Keep California Employees At Work During Meal Breaks?

Many California workers know California law provides thirty-minute meal breaks to employees that work more than five hours a day and a second thirty-minute meal break where employees work more than ten hours a day.  However, what is not as well-known is whether employers may require California employees to remain ...

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California Workers Can Bring Emotional Support Animals to Work

Living with a disability is hard.  Working with one is even harder.  When work becomes impossible due to a disability, California workers have the right to request reasonable accommodation from their employers.  One form of accommodation that has grown increasingly popular over the years is the emotional support animal.  That’s ...

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California Labor Code § 2802: Employee Reimbursement for Business Expenses in 2021

California law operates to ensure employers provide employees with the equipment and resources necessary to work and protect employees by preventing employers from passing operating expenses on to employees.  To that end, the Labor Code mandates that California employers reimburse employees for mandatory expenses incurred in performing job duties.  Employers ...

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