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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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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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New Employment Laws for California Workers in 2022

Starting in 2022, a slew of new laws protect California workers, including laws seeking to curtail wage theft from all workers and delivery drivers, and laws prohibiting overly broad confidentiality agreements.  Continue reading for an overview of new laws set to protect California workers in 2022. AB 1003 – Wage ...

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California Workers Silenced No More After Gaining Unbridled Right to Freely Speak About Unlawful Workplace Acts

On January 1, 2022, SB 331, known as the Silenced No More Act, becomes effective throughout California. The Silenced No More Act empowers survivors of harassment and discrimination and seeks to curtail future abuses by perpetrators in the workplace. Building on 2018’s STAND Act (SB 820), the Silenced No More ...

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California Employees Entitled to Increased Premium Pay for Noncompliant Meal, Rest, and Recovery Breaks

On July 15, 2021, the Supreme Court of California published an employment law opinion answering a hotly contested wage and hour issue regarding the correct calculations for premium payments made to California employees. In Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC, 11 Cal. 5th 858 (2021), a bartender filed suit seeking to ...

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Oakland Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Hazard Pay for Certain Grocery Employees

On February 2, 2021, the Oakland City Council approved the Oakland Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Hazard Pay Ordinance. The emergency ordinance adds Chapter 5.96 to the Oakland Municipal Code and requires large grocery stores in the City of Oakland to pay employees an additional $5.00 per hour in hazard pay during the ...

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California’s CROWN Act Protects Employee & Applicant Natural Hair

On July 3, 2019, California became the first state in the United States to ban employers from discriminating against employees and applicants based on their natural hairstyle. Codified at Government Code section 12926, the Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act (“CROWN Act”) works within the California Fair ...

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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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DFEH Releases California Ban the Box Employment Law FAQ

In September 2020, the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing (“DFEH”) published a Fair Chance Act: Criminal History and Employment FAQ.  The FAQ offers a brief review of California’s Fair Chance Act, codified at Government Code section 12952 and commonly referred to as Ban the Box, and reinforces California’s ...

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California Family Rights Act Employee Protections Dramatically Expand in 2021

We all have families. With the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic continuing, many California employees must provide emergency care for family members, often at the expense of working.  Strong worker protections guaranteeing protected leave to care for an ill family member can be the difference between safely taking temporary leave and letting a loved ...

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