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California Further Restricts Employers Trying to Enforce Non-Competes

Companies that have headquarters outside of the Golden State typically have employment contracts that purportedly are governed by the substantive law of the state in which the enterprise is headquartered. Even when the company hires workers who live and work in California, the choice of law provision in an employment agreement generally reigned. While this may Read More

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Retail Giant Nike Not Immune to California’s Wage and Hour Laws

The most recent lawsuit brought against retail giant Nike proves that no company, no matter how big or small, is immune to California’s labor laws. This past week, Nike was handed a wage and hour lawsuit in California. A former employee is responsible for bringing the suit against the athletic-wear powerhouse. According to Omran Hamid, Read More

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Layoff or Reduction-in-Forces: What Does Each Mean for You?

Layoff, reduction-in-forces (RIF), downsizing: Employers use these terms all the time to let employees go, but no matter how they phrase it, the bottom line is that you are out of a job. However, while the end result of each of these actions is always the same, what terminology your employer uses to let you Read More

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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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New California Labor Laws to Look Forward to in 2017

Labor laws are constantly changing, and it is important that California employers keep up with those changes so that they do not unknowingly violate any of them. The Pleasanton business attorneys at Garcia & Gurney, ALC ensure that our clients are in compliance with new and old California labor laws, both for their own protection Read More

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Holiday Pay and Hours in California

With the Holidays upon us, it is a good time to brush up on California’s labor laws regarding holiday pay and time off. Many employees throughout the state assume that all major holidays and even some minor ones are treated as paid vacation days. Furthermore, they assume that if they work on a holiday, they Read More

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Understanding California’s Paid Time Off Law

It is rare that an individual will go an entire year without getting sick, and whether we like it or not, chances are that if we fall ill, it will be on a workday. This is an irrefutable fact of life that not even the strictest of employers can argue with, which is why most Read More

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Terminating a Union Employee without Legal Backlash

You may hear people say: “Join a union because you cannot be fired,” or “Union members have job security for life.” While neither of these statements is true, it is true that it can be more difficult to terminate a union employee than it is to terminate a non-union worker. The United States is an Read More

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Wrongful Termination in California

California is an “at will” state, meaning that employers have the right to hire and fire individuals at will, without any real reason or explanation (so long as the reason was not illegal, such as race, gender, etc.). If you have been fired from your job in California, the best thing you can do is Read More

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Paid Leave as a Benefit May Increase Productivity: What an Employer Should Know

There is sometimes a perception abroad that Americans do not take sufficient time off of work, and that we are more focused on the “almighty dollar” than on enjoying the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness granted to us by our founding documents. Given some countries’ liberal leave policies, it is not a mystery as Read More

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