How to Find the Best Employment Lawyer for You

Employment lawyers handle cases related to federal and state employment laws. Employment laws govern a wide variety of issues, such as employee benefits, wages, harassment, discrimination, and terminating employment.  If you believe that your employer violated your rights, you may want to consult with an… read more

Are Unpaid Internships Legal in California? 

It’s not uncommon for California employers to offer students and recent graduates unpaid internships instead of paid employment opportunities. They may present these internships as beneficial learning opportunities. However, you may wonder whether it’s legal to offer unpaid internships in California. The answer is “sometimes.”… read more

What is a PAGA Claim and How Do I File One?

California workers are protected by a variety of federal and state labor and employment laws. The Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) is a state law that gives employees the right to file lawsuits against their employers for labor law violations.  A PAGA claim is different… read more

What’s the Difference Between the EEOC and the California DFEH?

What is the difference between the EEOC and the DFEH? The simple answer is that the EEOC stands for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It is an independent agency within the U.S. government responsible for enforcing federal laws against workplace discrimination. California DFEH stands for… read more

What Can I Do if I Was Misclassified as an Independent Contractor?

Being misclassified as an independent contractor can deny you the benefits and rights of an employee in California. For example, you may not be protected for work-related injuries, and you could pay higher taxes as a self-employed individual. In addition, as an independent contractor, you… read more

Work from Home Laws in California

Many workers shifted to work from home during the state of emergency declared due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This required many employers and employees to adapt as they had never accommodated remote work before. California provides greater protection for workers than almost every other state… read more

Can My Boss Deny My Time Off Request?

Has your employer denied your request for time off? Are you wondering if that is legal in California? The answer is “possibly.” California wage and hour laws do not force employers to give employees paid vacation time or paid time off (PTO). However, if your… read more

Is Health Insurance a Right for California Workers?

Health insurance laws can be complicated as state and federal laws sometimes conflict. Moreover, the laws related to health insurance coverage change frequently, making it difficult for employees and employers to keep up with the changes. There is no state law in California requiring employers… read more

Can My Employer Enforce a Non-Compete Agreement in California?

Employment agreements are standard in the workplace and seek to protect: Intellectual property Client lists Data Trade secrets And other valuable assets They also try to prevent key employees from taking a job with a competitor in the same market. In many states, employers may… read more

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