By Melinda Garcia | Published January 26, 2017 | | |
In City of Ontario v. Quon, the Supreme Court ruled that employers have the right to read employees’ text messages – including personal ones – if they believe that the workplace rules are being violated. Though this ruling was handed down over six years ago, it is still a point of contention: Is it legal Read MoreRead More
Once upon a time, working with independent contractors was considered risky and even a bit frivolous. Today, however, hiring out work to freelancers is not only the norm, but it has also become a great way for businesses to reduce overhead costs, increase output, and turn more profit. However, there are still some issues that Read MoreRead More
Ever since California passed its first law protecting the rights of workers with disabilities in 1974, it has been at the forefront of the Americans with Disabilities movement. Under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), employers are required to: Provide reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees who, because of their disability, are unable Read MoreRead More
A California board member may be asked to step down for any number of reasons, ranging from conflict of interest to unethical behavior. If you and the rest of the members of your board feel that a member no longer benefits the company or corporation, you must take actions to remove that board member before Read MoreRead More
When you buy a piece of property in California, you understandably assume that said piece of property is all yours, to do with what you will. This includes allowing certain people onto your property and kicking others off at your discretion. While this is the case with many pieces of property, there are others that Read MoreRead More
When it comes to opening a construction payment dispute, timing is everything. The state of California offers several legal remedies to contractors and suppliers who have not been paid for the work that they have completed or materials that they have provided. However, though legal options are plentiful, they are only successful when the contractor Read MoreRead More
Many California employers use a standard vacation policy in their employer handbook and give it nothing more than a cursory glance before making it official. However, doing this could land you in hot water. California’s vacation policy rules are very different than other states. So if you grabbed a sample online, it will likely not Read MoreRead More
Thanks to cell phones, laptops, and other mobile devices, communication between employers and employees is just a few clicks away. Because of how pervasive a presence smart technology has in our lives, it is easy to assume that even if you send an email at 9 p.m. on a Friday night, it will be read Read MoreRead More
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