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According To California’s Labor Laws, What Counts As A Rest Period?

In the state of California, employees enjoy considerable employment rights that include wage-and-hour rights, anti-harassment and anti-discrimination rights, sick leave and family leave, and the rest periods and lunch breaks that are essential for keeping workers energized and productive. California law entitles most workers in the state to a ten-minute break every four hours. But […]

California’s Small Businesses And Parental Leave Rights: It’s Complicated

As they seek to recruit talented new employees, scores of big U.S. corporations now offer perks including onsite childcare, long paid leaves for new parents, and other family-friendly benefits. But the big corporations and the attention they get obscure the reality that for many in the United States, benefits as basic as unpaid parental leave […]

How to File A Wage Claim in California

If an employer in the state of California has failed to pay you the minimum wage or the proper overtime wage, has refused to provide rest and/or lunch breaks, or has otherwise violated state or federal wage and hour laws, you can file a wage claim with the state’s Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), […]

THE LEGAL RIGHTS OF WORKERS IN CALIFORNIA

No one who works for a living in the United States should have to suffer employment discrimination in the 21st century. In all fifty states, when an employer treats an employee or a job applicant differently because of that person’s race, gender, nationality, age, disability, orientation, religion, or pregnancy, it’s a violation of the law. […]

BANNING THE BOX

Anywhere in the state of California, if you believe that you are a victim of hiring or employment discrimination, consult at once with an experienced Fresno employment attorney. Nationwide, over 100 cities and counties have adopted what is widely known as “Ban the Box” legislation so that employers will consider a job candidate’s qualifications […]

IT’S NOT ALWAYS DISCRIMINATION

Most employers know that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was created to stop discrimination against people with disabilities and to guarantee equal opportunity in employment and other areas. If you are a disabled job seeker in central California, and if you believe you are a victim of hiring discrimination, or if you have any […]

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

Is the person performing work for you an ‘independent contractor’ or are they an employee? The answer to that question can have tremendous financial consequences–tens of thousands of dollars in fines and penalties–if they are found to be your employee.

Individuals who are “independent contractors” are not considered employees for wage and hour purposes. The state […]

WAGE, HOURS, AND OVERTIME

At the federal level, wages, hours, and overtime are governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Workers in California enjoy additional protections under the state’s own wage-and-hour regulations. Non-exempt employees – most employees in California, that is – must be compensated at 1.5 times their hourly salary (or more) for overtime work. If for any […]

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