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Employment contracts and worker rights

Even though California workers have specific rights protected by state law, not all employers succeed at enforcing policies to protect those rights. Ongoing conflict may ensue when employees lack adequate support from their employers. Employment contracts play a key role in defining expectations within an employer/employee relationship. They can provide a reference when concerns or …

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What workplace protections can you expect after your pregnancy?

Past posts on this blog describe the workplace rights you have as a pregnant mother in California. Yet what about after the delivery of your baby? Maternity leave falls among those workplace protections, giving you the time needed to recover from your delivery and to bond with your new baby. It also helps your body …

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What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee?

Workers can be employees or they can be categorized as independent contractors. The distinction is very important, as the California Labor Code treats them differently. Assembly Bill 5, which became law in 2019, provides employers a methodology for determining whether a new hire is an actual employee or employed as an independent contractor. While most …

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What rights do you have as a pregnant woman in the workplace?

Pregnancy discrimination laws exist to give pregnant women, or women experiencing pregnancy-related health issues, certain rights and protections while at work. As long as you work for an employer that maintains a staff of at least 15 people, that employer must abide by the terms set by two specific rulings. Per the U.S. Equal Employment …

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Facts to know about workplace sexual harassment

Sexual harassment remains a significant problem in the American workplace, even as awareness of this issue increases. Understanding the reality of sexual harassment can give employees the strength to seek help. Learn more about detecting, preventing and fighting back against this issue at your job. Actions that constitute sexual harassment Federal law defines unwanted sexual …

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Employment contracts don’t always protect workers

Not every job requires a contract between employer and employee. However, when the job includes complex benefits, access to trade secrets or other critical issues, a contract may help clarify the rights and responsibilities of each side. California employees should be cautious when accepting a position that includes an employment contract because the fine print …

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