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Understanding Family Responsibilities Discrimination

Family responsibilities discrimination (FRD) is a common type of employment discrimination that occurs in the workforce, especially towards pregnant women and mothers. However, FRD is not a type of discrimination that many employers even know they are committing. For instance, an employer may choose not to hire someone because they fear that “familial obligations will Read More

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Are Employers Entitled to Monitor an Employee’s Company Cell-Phone?

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 More

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Is Your Intellectual Property Protected When Working with an Independent Contractor?

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 More

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When California Businesses Fail to Provide Reasonable Accommodations

  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 More

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How to Fire a Board Member

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 More

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Know Your Rights in a California Property Easement

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 More

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Is Work Actually Completed? Things to Consider Before Filing a Mechanic’s Lien

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 More

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Revisiting Your Vacation Policy

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 More

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Is Your California Company at Risk for Overtime Liability?

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 More

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Employment Laws and Social Media in California

Individuals find themselves in hot water all the time over what they post on social media. For some, their posts go so far as to get them arrested; for others, their social media posts merely get them fired. For instance, there was the “Bad Teacher” who tweeted about being “Naked. Wet. [And] Stoned.” While she Read More

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