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EMPLOYEE VS. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR?

Although we've posted about this topic on our blog in the past, it's worth revisiting due to some recent developments in the law. The distinction between employee and independent contractor is an important one in the context of employment law. As an employee…

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NEW CA EMPLOYMENT LAWS INSPIRED BY THE #METOO MOVEMENT

The recent #MeToo movement has opened the doorway to new legislation that was recently signed by Gov. Brown. A summary of some of the new laws can be found below. New Requirements For Sexual Harassment Workplace Training Senate Bill 1343 changes…

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IS YOUR FINAL PAYCHECK ACCURATE AND TIMELY?

Whether you quit or are terminated from your place of employment, you are entitled to all earned wages due and payable at the time of your separation. If an employer discharges an employee, all wages earned and unpaid by the employee are due and…

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EMPLOYEES: BEWARE OF WHAT YOU POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA

August 23, 2018 There has been an increasing trend by employers to turn to social media sites to find information regarding job applicants. A recent CareerBuilder article found the following: 70 percent of employers use social media…

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MINIMUM WAGE TO INCREASE IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018

All minimum-wage employees working in Los Angeles County should check their paychecks to ensure they're getting paid properly. Effective July 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Los Angeles County will increase from $10.50 to $12.00 per hour for…

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RECENT RULING MAKES IT EVEN MORE DIFFICULT FOR EMPLOYERS TO CLASSIFY WORKERS AS INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

In a unanimous ruling on April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court made it even more difficult for employers to classify their workers as independent contractors. The decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles Count…

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TENANT'S RIGHTS: LIVING IN AN APARTMENT WITH TOXIC MOLD

Healthy indoor air is recognized as a basic right in the state of California. The quality of the air you breath in your own residence has a significant impact on your health and well-being. The presence of mold in your rental unit can …

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TIPPING IN RESTAURANTS AND BARS- WHO GETS TO KEEP THEM AND WHY

Under California law, every tip left behind for an employee is declared to be the sole property of the employee to whom it was paid, given, or left for. (Labor Code section 351). In layman's terms, the tip belongs to the employee, not the employer…

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LOS ANGELES JURY AWARDS FORMER UCLA ONCOLOGIST $13 MILLION IN GENDER DISCRIMINATION CASE

A Los Angeles jury awarded Dr. Lauren Pinter-Brown, a former UCLA oncologist, $13 million in a gender discrimination case on February 15, 2018 after it found that her complaints about disparate treatment due to her gender were valid…

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FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAW PROTECTS AGAINST EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION

While California's Fair Employment and Housing Act protects employees against discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation, among other characteristics, the issue was not as clear in the federal forum until recently. A federal appeals…

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