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The Healthcare Workforce in California

  In the town of Chico, California, a local hospital has demanded change as a result of their failing union. The healthcare workers, expressing their grievances towards the union system at their place of work, have left and moved to a rivaling union group in hopes of a more democratic system. They seek to raise 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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Unfair Competition in the Golden State

Movies often portray business leaders in a less than favorable light, showing dastardly businessmen and women engaging in less than honorable behavior toward partners, customers, and rivals under the auspices of “it’s not personal, it’s business.” In reality, however, the business world often involves projects that involve complex transactions and may actually blend personal and Read More

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Loose Lips Sink Ships: A Guide to Crafting an ‘Unsinkable’ Restrictive Covenant

In the beginning of an employment relationship, companies are usually not thinking about what might happen when the employee leaves the company. While it is not a good idea to assume a working relationship will not work out, it would be foolish to be unprepared in the event that it crumbles. Life and people are Read More

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Explaining Successor Employers: What You Need to Know

A large employer recently made headlines when it was found to be in violation of labor laws for its attempts to avoid its successorship obligations. When an employer takes over a project from another company, labor laws require that the employer keep the previous employees working on the project and pay them the wages they Read More

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Employment Matters: Religion in the Workplace

The U.S. Constitution protects the right of all citizens to practice the religion of their choice and prohibits government entities from establishing a “preferred” religion. What happens when an employee’s religious beliefs are brought into the workplace? Does it matter if the employer is a private entity or a public institution? These questions are among Read More

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A New Uber Multi-Verse? Not Quite, but Expansion Increases Class Size by Thousands

In a State that includes Hollywood as well as Disneyland’s Star Wars expansion, it is difficult to hear much news other than all the hype surrounding Disney’s release of the next film further expanding upon the Star Wars universe. However, the latest ruling in the Uber saga involving thousands of its drivers hoping to be Read More

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A Lesson from the Feds: When Enough is Enough

The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in an employment law case involving a federal employee who filed a discrimination lawsuit based on what he believed to be constructive discharge, or a discriminatory environment that forced him to resign. The allegations are similar to many such cases and likely will be very difficult for him to Read More

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At-Will Employment: Explanation and Rules for Termination

California is an at-will state, but what does that actually mean? The definition can be spun depending on which side of the employment agreement a person is on, but the most common way of explaining what it means to be at-will is that each party to the agreement has more freedom to terminate the employment Read More

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