201408.27
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When merely considering your rights can get you fired!

Employers may be reluctant to admit that their policies are designed to shut workers out of our civil justice system. But there is no denying their intent. Consider this example. Elizabeth is a widow with five children who came into my office this spring. Since the death of her husband a few years ago, she…
201310.16
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New California law protects immigrant workers from threat of deportation for exercising employment rights

http://celavoice.org/2013/10/15/new-california-law-protects-immigrant-workers-from-threat-of-deportation-for-exercising-employment-rights/
201308.30
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Subsidizing our food supply on the backs of the working class

The fast-food workers’ protests for higher wages last month triggered a national debate about workers’ compensation, price of food, and the role of the statutory minimum wage.  Thousands of fast-food workers have been holding one-day strikes from New York to several Midwestern cities, demanding $15 an hour – more than twice the federal minimum wage….
201209.10
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Payment of Departing Employee’s Final Wages and Penalties for Failure to Pay Wages Upon Termination

As a plaintiff-side employment lawyer, one of the most common questions I encounter is about when an employee’s final wages are due after termination, and penalties associated with the late payment of wages.  This entry in intended to provide some general guidance in this regard. Under California Labor Code §201, “If an employer discharges an…
201208.06
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ARBITRATION PROVISIONS IN EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS ARE GENERALLY NOT ENFORCEABLE IN CALIFORNIA

The California Court of Appeal, Second District, recently held that employers’  arbitration policies set forth in the employee handbook generally do not amount to an enforceable agreement between the employer and employees. In Sparks v. Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services, the court held that plaintiff-employee was not bound by the arbitration clause in…