Tag: Additional Resources

Employment Law Tip: Paying Employees in a Disaster

The wildfires that have flared up in Southern California are a grim reminder that disaster can strike at any time and result in unexpected workplace closures. A special provision in the Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders permits you to send nonexempt employees home—without having to pay a reporting-time premium—in any of these situations: Operations can’t […]

Discrimination: EEOC Alerts Employers to Email Scam

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is warning employers about a “phishing” email circulating to companies that purports to be from the federal agency regarding a harassment complaint. The bogus email contains a computer virus that may harm a recipient’s computer if the user clicks on the referenced link or downloads the attached file. […]

Age Bias: Ex-Google Director Gets Green Light to Sue

In a new case that highlights the growing tension between Silicon Valley’s hip, young atmosphere and older, experienced workers, an ex-Google director whom younger employees called “old fuddy duddy” and “sluggish” has been given the green light by a California appeals court to sue for age discrimination.

Employment Law Tip: Direct Deposit—Don’t Force It

Direct payroll deposit can be a real timesaver for employers and employees alike. But did you know that California law prohibits employers from requiring employees to use direct deposit for their paychecks? Specifically, Labor Code Section 213 makes it clear that employers can use direct deposit, but only when the employee voluntarily authorizes it. Additional […]

Unions: NLRB Cuts Back on Salting

The new decision focused on the union organizing practice known as “salting”—whereby unions send individuals to apply for jobs with the ultimate purpose of organizing the company from within. The NLRB said that although some union salts may genuinely desire to work for a nonunion employer and to proselytize co-workers on behalf of a union, […]

Employment Law Tip: Leave for Victims of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault

In California, an employer with 25 or more employees is prohibited from discharging or in any way discriminating or retaliating against an employee who is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault because that person takes time off from work for any of these reasons: to seek medical attention for injuries caused by the […]

Sexual Harassment: Prompt Action Not Always Enough to Avoid a Lawsuit

In a new decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers California, has decided that a sexual harassment victim’s 19-day delay in reporting the misconduct to her employer wasn’t an unreasonable failure to take advantage of corrective opportunities provided by the employer. As a result, the employee can take her sexual harassment lawsuit to […]

Compensation: Are Employees Satisfied with Their Pay?

According to a new survey, 48 percent of American employees say they’re paid well for the work they do, but 46 percent disagree. In general, those who felt adequately compensated were age 45 and older, held upper management positions, and worked for the same employer for at least six years. Employees who felt they should […]

Employment Law Tip: Paystub Reminder

Employers are reminded that come Jan. 1, 2008, employers must include only the last four digits of an employee’s Social Security number or other personal identification number on an itemized wage statement. Take the time now to make sure your payroll processes are updated to ensure compliance with this law by the start of the […]

Youth Workers: New Law Will Bar Cell Phone Use by Teen Drivers

Governor Schwarzenegger has signed a new law that will prohibit teen drivers from using cell phones. Come July 1, 2008, the new measure, S.B. 33, will make it illegal for teens under age 18 to use wireless phones or other wireless communication devices while driving, even if a hands-free device is used. Note that this […]