California Minimum Wage Increases in 2021

California was the first state to commit to increasing the minimum wage for employees to $15 per hour. The minimum wage increase began on January 1, 2017, and increases annually based on the size of the company. By January 1, 2023, almost all employees in… read more

Is Wrongful Termination Difficult to Prove?

California is an at-will work state. That means an employer can generally terminate an employee at any time and for any (legal) reason. However, even in an at-will work state, some terminations are illegal. Proving wrongful termination can be challenging. With the help of an… read more

California On-Duty Meal Period and Rest Period Update

Employees need to understand their rights to meal periods and rest periods. Most employees are entitled to rest periods and meal breaks during their shift. However, there is a difference between on-duty meal periods and rest breaks and off-duty meal breaks and rest periods. What… read more

What Will a Lawyer Do in Negotiating a Severance in San Diego, CA

When the HR manager asks to meet with you, the result is rarely pleasant. Often these meetings result in an employee’s termination. Your employer may give you a reason for the termination, or they may not. You might be given the opportunity to resign instead… read more

Examples Of Wrongful Termination with Checklist

Wrongful termination happens when an employer terminates an employee in violation of the law. Generally speaking, employees in California work at-will. This means that an employer can fire an employee for any reason (or no reason at all). But California employees have many protections under… read more

What Are an Employee’s Rights After Job Termination?

California law is highly protective of workers. These protections extend even after the employer terminates employment. The COVID-19 pandemic forced many employers to scramble to comply with California’s employee termination laws. Many of them were unable to do so. But regardless of the reason for… read more

How to Deal With an Unfair Workplace

A significant portion of our waking hours is spent at our workplaces. When we enter the workforce, we expect to be treated fairly. We expect that our diligence, ethics, and job performance will earn us promotions, raises, and other rewards. Unfortunately, even the best employees… read more

What is a Per Diem Employee In California?

According to California labor lingo, a per diem employee is an employee who doesn’t have a regular schedule but instead works hours as assigned. This category of employee is common in a variety of industries including education and healthcare.  Ideally, a per diem employment arrangement… read more

Are Nurses Exempt from Overtime in California?

Nurses have one of the toughest jobs on the planet. These frontline workers routinely put themselves in harm’s way in order to serve the community. The job is exhausting and stressful, yet for many, extremely rewarding. That is, as long as the hospital they work… read more

California Chipotle Workers Denied Class Action Certification

In recent years, popular restaurant chain Chipotle has battled accusations of wage theft and an EEOC complaint about sexual harassment and retaliation. Now, Chipotle caught a break after a federal judge in California denied a class action request on behalf of similarly-situated workers.  The proposed… read more