Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance California law requires employers to purchase for the protection of their employees. Generally speaking, these protections come into play when an employee is injured on the job. Instead of having to sue their employer to recover their injury-related costs—a process which can take months or years and have numerous roadblocks to recovery—workers’ compensation removes several of those roadblocks and speeds up the process. This article will explain when an employee can receive workers’ . . . .
In California, many workers are entitled to receiving overtime and minimum wage protections. However, for several industries and types of employees, they do not receive the benefit of these protections. The Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides the “floor” for the minimum protections workers can expect to receive under the law. California follows this statute, and therefore, its provisions will be most pertinent to the discussion at hand. White Collar Workers The salaried executive, administrative and professional employees are exempt. . . . .
California has the reputation of being a progressive state, with higher wages, stronger protections for employees, and more acceptance of unions and collective bargaining. While this is true to an extent, California still has fairly strict laws concerning how to pay employees, and these laws must be balanced with various federal mandates. Federal and State Law: The Interplay California employers have to be aware of the overlap between the federal and state statutes concerning compensation of California workers. The Fair . . . .
Whistleblowers have an important role in revealing and rectifying governmental waste, environmental dangers, public safety violations, conspiracies, fraud, and deceit. The “right thing to do” in some instances may mean reporting the employer to the authorities—or “blowing the whistle.” However, the employee risks losing his job or position within the company. Because of this, such an employee may find himself between a legal or ethical rock and a hard place, that is having to weigh a duty to the public . . . .
In California, employees working at private businesses have the right to take leave of absence guaranteed by the federal and state law as well as the local ordinances depending on where you live. This guide discusses the leave law governing the private employers and their employees. Sick Leave for Employees Serious Health Condition If you have a serious health condition that prevents you from performing essential functions of the job as an employee, you can take an unpaid “sick” leave. . . . .
California law (named the Fair Employment and Housing Act or FEHA) prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation by employers against their employees. The law requires that employers “take reasonable steps to prevent and correct wrongful (harassing, discriminatory, retaliatory) behavior in the workplace.” The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is the state’s enforcement agency related to the obligations prescribed under the FEHA. The following article is a step by step guide on how to file a complaint with the DFEH . . . .