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What Changes to Expect to the California Labor Code in 2018

We are only into the first quarter of 2017, and already California’s lawmakers have proposed new legislation for business owners. As of right now, the laws are still in the making, and will no doubt undergo significant changes before 2018, but our employment attorneys at Garcia & Gurney, ALC feel that you should be aware Read More

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California Court of Appeals Reverses Original Decision Regarding Meal Period Waivers for Healthcare Workers

On October 5, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill confirming that hospital employees and other employees in the healthcare industry can continue to waive one of their two meal periods. Healthcare workers that work 12 or more hours in a given day are entitled to two meals, but they have an 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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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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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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Age Discrimination Laws Make it Illegal to Ask Older Employees to Retire

“How can I ask my older employees to retire?” This is a question that a lot of employers find themselves asking as their workforce ages but shows no signs of retiring. As an employer, it is difficult to find a place for older workers, especially as technology changes and advances, competitive and diverse skill sets 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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