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California Labor Code § 2802’s Enhanced Compensation for California Employee Expense Reimbursements


Under California Labor Code section 2802, employers must reimburse California employees for reasonable and mandatory business expenses incurred while carrying out job duties.  The law seeks to prevent employers from unfairly passing operational expenses onto employees.  Thus, employers must adequately reimburse employees.  However, Labor Code section 2802 does not state ...

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San Mateo County Passes Emergency Ordinance Establishing Paid Sick Leave for the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic

San Mateo County Coronavirus COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Effective now throughout unincorporated San Mateo County, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors passed an emergency ordinance supplementing FMLA and the extended FMLA and EPSLA, created by the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  The emergency ordinance provides forty hours of supplemental paid sick leave for qualifying full-time employees ...

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California Employee Leave During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID19 Coronavirus Employee Leave

As the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic persists, California employees have several options for exercising the complex web of employee rights regarding protected leave.  However, not every right is clear.  Further, some are only temporary.  This article provides a brief overview of some of the protected leave rights California employees are entitled to ...

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California Unemployment Benefits: Can’t Work Due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 Childcare Commitments?

Unemployment Childcare Coronavirus COVID19 Employment Attorney

During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, California state and local governments have issued broad shelter in place orders requiring residents to remain in their homes, except for essential business.  As California moves into the third stage of Governor Gavin Newsom’s four-stage reopening plan and counties ease Coronavirus/COVID-19 restrictions, many employees that have ...

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Franklin Templeton’s Amy Cooper Discrimination Lawsuits Investigation

On Monday, May 25, 2020, Franklin Templeton’s former Vice President and Head of Investment Solutions was filmed in New York’s Central Park, while violently thrashing her dog and yelling, threatening to call the police on an African-American bird watcher.  The former Franklin Templeton employee became incensed after the bird watcher ...

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Are California Employers Required to Reimburse Employees for Masks During Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic?


In response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 global pandemic, California issued a statewide shelter-in-place order that prohibits all workers except essential workers from leaving their homes.  Due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, employers requiring their employees to work, in public or from home, may be unlawfully passing operation expenses ...

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Employee Expense Reimbursements You Must Know While Working From Home During Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic


In response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 global pandemic, California issued a statewide shelter-in-place order that prohibits all workers except essential workers from leaving their homes.  Thus, millions of California employees have spent months working from home to prevent the spread of the virus further.  Due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the ...

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California Employee Reimbursement for Business Expenses 2020

California Employee Reimbursement

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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California Employers May Not Ask About Criminal Record on Applications


Under California’s Fair Chance Act, also known as Ban the Box, California employers cannot inquire about criminal history on employment applications.  The Ban the Box Law seeks to remove the stigma associated with criminal records and give all applicants a fair chance at securing employment.       Can California ...

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Kim v. Reins International, Inc.: California Supreme Court Protects Employees by Curbing PAGA-Killing Side Deals

Kim v Reins International PAGA

In March 2020, the California Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated opinion in Kim v. Reins International California, Inc., holding that California employees do not lose standing under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) after settling related individual claims stemming from Labor Code violations.  This Court’s decision reinforces PAGA’S purpose ...

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