Tag: Labor Code Section

Terminations: Do We Have to Pay Out the Notice Period if the Termination Is Effective Immediately?

Because of the vulnerability of our systems to insiders, if someone gives two weeks’ notice before quitting, we usually have the person leave the premises right away. We handle the termination process in the next day or so under supervised conditions. My first question is, do we have to pay these people for the whole […]

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Employee Uniforms: Court Says Public Employees Must Pay for Their Own Uniforms; A Look at the Rules for All Employers

Several employee groups—firefighters, sheriffs, police officers, guards, and forest rangers—filed class action suits against their public-sector employers in California, charging that they weren’t fully compensated for the costs of purchasing, replacing, cleaning, and maintaining required work uniforms, in violation of Labor Code Section 2802. This provision requires an employer to reimburse employees for all necessary […]

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Labor Code Violations: New Legislation Softens Blow of Last Year’s Bounty Hunter Law, but Employer Caution Still Required

The Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act, dubbed the “bounty hunter” or “sue your boss” law, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2004. The controversial law gave employees in California almost unlimited rights to sue their employers for just about any Labor Code violation—and to recover the statutory penalties and attorney’s fees.

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Wrongful Termination: Private Employee’s Free-Speech Claim Fails

Joan Grinzi, a case manager for San Diego Hospice Corp., was fired after 13 years on the job as an at-will employee. Hospice, which is a private company, allegedly initially told Grinzi that she was being terminated because she belonged to the Women’s Garden Circle, an investment group that Hospice considered to be an illegal […]

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Duty to Defend Workers: Paying Accused Employee’s Attorney’s Fees Doesn’t Show Employer Approved of Misconduct

Footing the bill for competent counsel to represent an employee accused of misconduct can be a wise financial decision, depending on the circumstances. And as a recent California appellate case illustrates, your payments cannot be used against you to hold your organization liable for the alleged wrongful act. We’ll explain the new decision and when […]

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Workers’ Compensation: Court Upholds WCAB Decision That Employer Terminated Employee Because of Industrial Injury; Practical Tips to Help You Avoid Retaliation Claims

Appliance installer Morton Wong injured his elbow while employed at Crown Appliance in Modesto. Wong claimed he always had a good working relationship with Crown’s owner, Mary Sanchez, but that things went downhill when he returned to work following the injury. Eventually, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) found that Crown illegally discriminated against Wong […]

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