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Wage and Hour Laws

Details: Wage and hour laws, both state and federal, in Santa Rosa California as well as Petaluma, Ukiah and all of California must be followed by employers with respect to minimum wage, overtime, meal periods and rest periods. A Sonoma County employer is obligated to pay wages (at least minimum wage) in a timely fashion based upon a regular

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Employee Compensation

Details: California has some of the strictest labor laws in the country with respect to employee compensation, overtime, meal periods, and rest breaks. California’s labor laws of course apply to all of us here in Sonoma County, Mendocino County and Lake County California and are designed to protect California employees and to ensure that they are being fairly compensated.

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Workplace Protection

Details: State and federal laws exist for the protection of employees. Violations can result in stiff penalties, with federal penalties on the increase. Fines for repeated violations of minimum wage or overtime rules are nearly $2,000. OSHA violations are over $12,000 this year for initial violations, and up to nearly $130,000 for repeat violations.

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Workplace Age Discrimination Laws

Details: Workplace Age Discrimination Laws. Both federal and California state laws provide specific prohibitions against age discrimination in the workplace. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) prohibits age discrimination against all persons 40 years or older. The ADEA is applicable to employers with 20 or more employees, and this

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Worker's Comp and OSHA Whistleblower Protection Laws

Details: Workers Compensation and OSHA whistleblower protection laws. A previous blog post detailed the Security and Exchange Commission’s efforts to assist workplace whistleblowers. It’s not just the federal government, however, that protects whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers.

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Meal Period Violations

Details: violations of meal break laws If an employer violates this meal break law, the employee is entitled to a penalty of one hour’s worth of pay for every day a meal period was not provided. Meal period violations often trigger overtime claims as well, because if an employee works through her lunch or is provided less than thirty minutes, a full

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Retaliation for Reporting Workplace Violations

Details: California’s Whistleblower Laws and Retaliation. A whistleblower is defined as a person who reports a reasonable belief that an employer is in violation of state or federal laws or regulations, or who believes that unsafe work practices or working conditions put employees at risk. California Labor Code Section 1102.5 protects whistleblowers

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New California Law Will Change Pay Stub Requirements

Details: New California Law Will Change Pay Stub Requirements. August 16, 2016 by Beck Law P.C. On July 22, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that will change pay stub requirements, allowing California employers to include less information on some of your employee wage statements. Assembly Bill No. 2535 amends Section 226 of the California Labor

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New Employment Laws to Benefit Employees

Details: New employment laws for 2018. If you are an employee who feels that unfair or illegal procedures have impacted your success at the workplace, you are not alone. Studies indicate that across the nation, nearly 12% of businesses experience a legal challenge to business practices at some point; California’s rate is 40% higher than the national

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Unsafe Work Environment and California Laws

Details: Unsafe Work Environment and Employer Penalties. When a GM plant in New York experienced multiple violations, including blocked exit routes, improper protective equipment, and inadequate guards around moving machinery parts, they were fined $160,000; Fru-Con Construction Corp failed to properly secure a launching truss, they were fined $280,000.

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California Lunch Break and Rest Period Employee Labor Laws

Details: The Santa Rosa Labor Law Attorneys at Beck Law P.C. work with both employees and employers in regard to all areas governing compliance with California Labor / Wage and Hour Laws. So as not to violate current California lunch break and rest period employee labor laws, as of April 12, 2012 it is a California requirement that all non-exempt employees get uninterrupted meal breaks and rest …

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Employee Rights Archives

Details: California Laws on Employee Lawsuits. In California, lawsuits against employers are 46% higher than the national average. The reason for this is that state laws are more stringent than federal laws or than many other state laws in the nation. Some of the issues addressed in California state law that are less strict in federal law include:

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E Verify System Law Changes For California in 2016

Details: The Forthcoming Changes to E Verify System Law. Assembly Bill 622, which was signed into law in October by Governor Jerry Brown, amends the California Labor Code. It prohibits any employer from using E-Verify to check the legal eligibility of an employee or job applicant unless the employer is required to use the system because of a federal law

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Strike! Legal Guidelines

Details: Legal Guidelines to Going on Strike. December 13, 2016 by Beck Law P.C. Strike! The rumblings in the workplace are growing. Employees feel dissatisfied on a many fronts, and negotiations with management are not going well. Now you hear fellow employees throwing around phrases like “job action,” and “going on strike”. You feel conflicted.

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Intellectual Property: Who Owns Your Ideas

Details: Intellectual property ownership. Let’s say a corporation hires you as an employee or an independent contractor. After completing a number of projects, you decide it is time to move on, and figure you would like to take your ideas with you.

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Employment Discrimination and Harassment Labor Lawyers

Details: Employment discrimination and harassment laws prohibit an employer from discriminating against any employee because on the basis of age, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, a pregnancy, a disability, or perceived disability.

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Sonoma County Wage and Hour Law Office Archives

Details: Tax Laws: Guidelines outline when employers may classify workers as independent contractors (saving employers money) and when workers must be classified as employees. Common Fields for Wage Theft. Although it can happen in any field, certain industries tend to exploit wage theft practices more often than others.

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California Fires: When Natural Disasters Impact Your

Details: California Fires and Wage Laws. Under California law, when a natural disaster occurs, employers must pay reporting time pay as per the Wage Order. This means that as employees are scheduled to return to work and they show up ready to work, but are not able to be put to work, or are allowed less than half of their usual work hours, they must be

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California Labor Law Archives

Details: Although McDonald’s admitted no wrongdoing, nearly 40,000 California employees are reaping the benefits of the $26 million settlement, along with coming changes to daily practice. The company issued a statement that claims they believed employment practices always complied with labor laws in the state.

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Age-Discrimination Does Not Pay Off for Danaher Corp

Details: State and Federal Anti Age-Discrimination Laws. There are laws on the books protecting you from age discrimination in advertising for jobs, the application processes, hiring, offering promotions and training opportunities, and/or firing. Compensation …

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What Does The California Paid Sick Leave Law Do

Details: San Francisco County has had mandatory paid sick leave in place since 2006. California is now the second state in the nation to pass paid sick leave laws. Connecticut enacted a paid sick leave law in 2011. Various localities such as the District of Columbia and New York City have also enacted laws mandating paid sick leave for certain employees.

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Workplace Age Discrimination Laws

Details: Understanding workplace age discrimination laws. Age discrimination occurs when a person is treated differently, or denied a benefit, right or service because of their actual or perceived age. Age discrimination is more subtle than other forms of discrimination, but can be …

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Workplace Harassment Archives

Details: California employers must now provide training on preventing workplace bullying. This has been a busy period for California employment law. In addition to laws passed regarding unpaid interns and paid sick leave, Governor Jerry Brown also signed into law a new requirement on workplace training. AB 2053 mandates workplace bullying training be included as a part of mandatory employee training

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Teacher Tenure and Job Security

Details: Teacher Tenure and Job Security. May 30, 2017 by Beck Law P.C. Teacher tenure is one of the most controversial issues in education today. Teacher tenure proponents claim that tenure provides educators a needed safety net. That more expensive teachers with time in the system will not be terminated in favor of cheaper, less experienced teachers.

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Layoff vs Furlough

Details: The similar California WARN laws provides no exception for the 60 day notice rule and it has not yet been determined if COVID-19 would be an exception to the notice requirements. However, on March 17, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-31-20 …

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Pregnancy Leave and Your Rights

Details: The different laws provide protections that seem to overlap and cause many employers and pregnant women to question which law applies and what pregnancy discrimination protections are offered. For example, under both federal law (Family Medical Leave Act) and state law (California Family Rights Act) if you work full-time somewhere that employs

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Employee Retaliation Archives

Details: California Laws and Protection Against Employer Retaliation. In California, there are an assortment of employment laws in place that provide employees with protection from retaliation in the workplace. The most important is the California Labor Code, which outlines the protected activities that employees can engage in without fear of retaliation.

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Racial Discrimination

Details: If you are an employee and believe that you’ve been a victim of racial discrimination or some other form of discrimination in the workplace please contact Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Ukiah racial discrimination attorney Daniel B. Beck and the racial discrimination labor and employment law attorneys at Beck Law P.C. to discuss your legal rights.

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Overtime Violations Archives

Details: Overtime Pay Laws – California Supreme Court Takes on Department of Labor. July 11, 2016 by Beck Law P.C. Overtime pay laws. Five employees filed a claim against Encino Motorcars, LLC because they were denied overtime pay. According to their claim, they were required to work from 7 AM to 6 PM at least five days a week.

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Religious Discrimination

Details: Religious discrimination is illegal per Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Businesses must allow religious practices on the job. The law in the United States protects freedom of expression and persons who belong to traditional, organized religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, but also others who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs

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Overtime Pay Laws – California Supreme Court Takes on

Details: Overtime Pay Laws – A Long History of Governmental Indecision Congress passed overtime pay laws legislation in 1961 that exempted auto dealership employees from overtime pay. Then in 1966, Congress repealed that overtime pay laws exemption, and replaced it with a smaller exemption, which applied to “any salesman, partsman, or mechanic

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wrongful termination Archives

Details: California job retaliation and wrongful termination laws. Under California state law, it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against any employee who has provided information to law enforcement or government agencies, or engages in other protected activities. Employment retaliation can take a variety of forms including an employer’s

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religious accommodation Archives

Details: Legal Requirements and Workplace Religious Discrimination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for the religious beliefs of employees. This law, in conjunction with California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) provide significant religious protections for employees. FEHA’s

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Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Details: Age discrimination is illegal under both federal and state law. It is illegal to discriminate against any employee or applicant over the age of 40 on the basis of age. Under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, Pursuant discrimination based upon age is treated just like race and gender, and is considered a protected class.

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employment law Archives

Details: Immigration Laws – New Federal Push A new temporary injunction orders the state to stop impeding private business from cooperating with federal investigators looking into illegal immigration. The injunction prevents the state from putting restrictions on when and how employers can cooperate with ICE agents with regard to I-9 issues.

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Wage Theft a Rampant Problem in California

Details: Tax Laws: Guidelines outline when employers may classify workers as independent contractors (saving employers money) and when workers must be classified as employees. Common Fields for Wage Theft. Although it can happen in any field, certain industries tend to exploit wage theft practices more often than others.

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Unpaid Internship

Details: Both the intern and the employer must have a common understanding that wages will not be a part of the agreement. A written contract must stipulate that the training will occur with no expectation of or intention to assign wages in exchange for any work done by the intern. Ultimately, when courts are asked to examine the legality of an unpaid

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California Laws Prohibiting Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Details: California Laws Prohibiting Workers’ Compensation Fraud. Under Section 1871.4 of the California Insurance Code, it is unlawful to “make or cause to be made a knowingly false or fraudulent material statement or material misrepresentation for the purpose of obtaining or denying any compensation.” This means that it is not only illegal for

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Employment retaliation Archives

Details: California’s Whistleblower Laws and Retaliation. A whistleblower is defined as a person who reports a reasonable belief that an employer is in violation of state or federal laws or regulations, or who believes that unsafe work practices or working conditions put employees at risk. California Labor Code Section 1102.5 protects whistleblowers

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Meal Break Violations Archives

Details: The Santa Rosa Labor Law Attorneys at Beck Law P.C. work with both employees and employers in regard to all areas governing compliance with California Labor / Wage and Hour Laws. So as not to violate current California lunch break and rest period employee labor laws, as of April 12, 2012 it is a California requirement that all non-exempt employees get uninterrupted meal breaks and rest …

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Employment Discrimination Attorney Archives

Details: California Laws on Employee Lawsuits. In California, lawsuits against employers are 46% higher than the national average. The reason for this is that state laws are more stringent than federal laws or than many other state laws in the nation. Some of the issues addressed in California state law that are less strict in federal law include:

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Employment Law Archives

Details: The Santa Rosa Labor Law Attorneys at Beck Law P.C. work with both employees and employers in regard to all areas governing compliance with California Labor / Wage and Hour Laws. So as not to violate current California lunch break and rest period employee labor laws, as of April 12, 2012 it is a California requirement that all non-exempt employees get uninterrupted meal breaks and rest …

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California Labor Law Archives

Details: A guide to some of California’s most frustrating employee protection laws. While California is typically considered one of the most worker-friendly states in the U.S., the flip-side is that many employers operating within the state believe that California’s employee-protection laws are onerous and complicated to understand. In fact, employers who operate in California as well as other

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immigration-related employment retaliation Archives

Details: Immigration Laws – New Federal Push. A new temporary injunction orders the state to stop impeding private business from cooperating with federal investigators looking into illegal immigration. The injunction prevents the state from putting restrictions on when and how employers can cooperate with ICE agents with regard to I-9 issues.

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age discrimination Archives

Details: Age discrimination in the workplace is a very important issue that is prohibited by both state and federal laws. If you work in Sonoma County, Mendocino County, or Lake County California and feel that your employer is in violation of workplace age discrimination laws, contact the employment law attorneys at Beck Law P.C. in California today.

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Whistleblower Retaliation Archives

Details: Whistleblower Protection Laws and Legal Representation for Employers and Employees. If you believe that you have been subjected to discrimination based on your willingness to testify in a workers’ compensation case, or your willingness to make complaints about Occupational Safety and Health, you may wish to speak to a Santa Rosa whistleblower

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