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The Glendale Hotel Worker Protection Ordinance

Glendale, California joins Los Angeles, San Francisco, and several other cities in providing protections for hotel workers.  As of July 28, 2022, the Glendale Hotel Worker Protection Ordinance protects hotel workers working in covered hotels by protecting workers from violent or threatening behavior, limiting workload without overtime pay, prohibiting forced ...

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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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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 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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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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