California, like other states, sets a minimum wage that employers must pay their employees. Failure to pay the required wages is a serious offense, and workers might be entitled to back pay. This raises an important question: What is minimum wage in the state of California? The most simple answer is that for the year… Read More

In California, most workers are entitled to be paid a minimum wage. Many workers are also entitled to overtime pay — in the event that they are required to work more than eight hours in a day or 40 hours in one week. However, some workers are exempt from these laws. This includes ‘outside salespersons’…. Read More

Workers should be able to earn a living in a safe and secure environment. You should not face threats, harassment, or bullying on the job based on your race, gender, age, or any other protected characteristic. Employees in California are protected against workplace bullying under a number of different laws. California employers have a duty… Read More

Leaving a job can be challenging — especially if you are not able to leave the position on your own terms. The period between one job and another can be financially stressful for any person. A severance package can help to ease this transition. While California employers are generally not required to offer their workers… Read More

In California, most non-exempt employees are entitled to a certain number of meal breaks and rest periods throughout their work shifts. How many breaks you’re entitled to depend mainly on the length of your shift. If you feel your California employer is denying you a proper meal or rest breaks,  reach out to the employees’… Read More

Whether you have recently given birth to a child, adopted a child, or are fostering a child in California, you may be entitled to maternity leave per California’s various maternity leave laws. These laws are designed to protect new and expecting mothers from losing their jobs because of their new and impending responsibilities of motherhood…. Read More

The federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) tries to strike a balance between employee rights and the rights of employers. In particular, the NLRA does not mandate that workers have unions, but it does allow workers to engage in concerted activity to improve their conditions of employment. This concerted activity can take many forms, such… Read More

California employees are protected from discrimination and harassment based on race. Both the federal Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act make racial discrimination illegal. Unfortunately, racial discrimination is still fairly common. In 2017, 28,528 charges were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging… Read More

According to statistics kept by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), instances of workplace discrimination continue to decline. For 2017, 84,254 discrimination charges were filed with the EEOC—the lowest number in a decade. Nevertheless, discrimination continues to occur. In this article, we highlight some of the most pervasive types of discriminations in the workplace in… Read More