• Exempt vs. Non Exempt Employee: A California Law Guide

    26 Feb 2019

    California and Federal labor law provide employees basic rights such as minimum wage, overtime, and meal periods. Unfortunately, many different types of workers are “exempt” from obtaining these rights. Determining if an individual is an exempt employee in California... Read More

  • A Quick Guide to Prevailing Wages in California

    23 Oct 2018

    Electricians, mechanics, plumbers, pavers, and others laborers working in the construction industry are constantly inundated with complex federal and state regulations. Because of their workload, they are often so consumed on a daily basis that they do not bother to understand... Read More

  • Severance Pay in California Explained

    30 Aug 2018

    Picture this, your supervisor walks into your office notifying you that the company will be parting ways with your services beginning next week. An anxious feeling sinks into the pit of your stomach as you begin to think about gathering your belongings and updating your resume.... Read More

  • The California Executive Exemption

    15 Mar 2018

    Have you ever wondered why many employers give fancy titles to rank-and-file employees who don’t have high-level duties that correspond with their titles? The answer is simple, employers use these titles to boost morale and make employees feel important without actually paying... Read More

  • California Vacation Law – A Rundown

    06 Jan 2018

    Vacation time is an essential benefit needed to prevent exhaustion in employees. It grants them time away from work to clear their head, relax, pursue hobbies, and spend quality time with family and friends. For this reason, it is vital that employees understand the vacation... Read More

  • A Complete Guide to Gratuity & Tip Laws in California

    03 Jan 2018

    Employees in the hospitality industry already have it tough enough dealing with difficult customers who demand the world from them. Having to understand the minefield that is California tip laws is something they probably don't want to deal with. This is especially the case when... Read More

  • California Administrative Exemption Guide

    03 Jan 2018

    The administrative exemption in California is the most common weapon used by employers to deny employees essential labor rights such as overtime and minimum wages. Most of the time it is properly asserted, but often employees are illegally misclassified, leading to liability and... Read More

  • Top Four Overtime Laws To Know In California

    03 Jan 2018

    California Overtime laws were historically implemented to put financial pressure on employers to hire additional staff and to protect employees in weak bargaining positions from being overworked. The idea was to dis-incentivize employers by making it costly to task employees... Read More

  • Maternity Leave in California – A Practical Law Guide (2020)

    22 Dec 2017

    You just found out that you are pregnant. Tense thoughts are racing through your head as you frantically decide how you will grapple with your aggressive employer about taking maternity leave in California. A feeling of anxiety sinks in as you ponder about the financial burdens... Read More

  • Computer Professional Exemption – A California Guide For Employees

    23 Oct 2017

    Depending on the circumstances, computer programmers, computer systems analyst, software engineers, and other similarly skilled workers can be exempt from overtime under California law as well as the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). Applicability of the computer... Read More

  • Are Unpaid Internships Legal in California? A Law Guide for Interns

    13 Oct 2017

    Unpaid Internships in California have seen a steady increase over the years. It’s easy to see why – internships give students and other young adults a way to obtain real-time, hands-on experience in fields they hope to pursue. They also offer large companies a nearly endless... Read More

  • Requesting Your Employment Records & Personnel File (Sample Letter)

    07 Oct 2017

    You may have recently had some suspicions regarding your employer’s human resources practices. You may believe that your employer failed to properly account for the hours you worked, failed to pay you overtime, or terminated you for an unlawful reason. But before you drive... Read More

  • The California Professional Exemption Explained

    06 Oct 2017

    Are you aware of the rules used to classify an employee as an exempt professional under California law? Unlike the more strictly quantitative outside sales exemption salary basis test, California’s professional exemption relies on numerous tests, connected to both job... Read More

  • Outside Sales Exemption To California Employment Law – A 2020 Guide

    30 Sep 2017

    Are you unsure if California’s outside sales exemption might apply to your position? Are you concerned that you may have been misclassified by your employer? Both federal and California laws include several categories of workers which are considered exempt from certain types... Read More

  • California Break Laws, What Must My Employer Provide?

    24 Sep 2017

    California break laws require that employers provide non-exempt employees with rest periods and meal periods during the workday. These laws have been implemented to prevent employees from working long hours in poor working conditions. They provide that employees are entitled to... Read More

  • Reporting California Labor Law Violations

    19 Aug 2017

    Reporting a California Labor Law violation can be a frightening but necessary task for aggrieved workers subjected to wage theft. Sometimes filing a wage claim seeking monetary compensation is not enough because it’s personal. If you are facing a similar scenario, reporting a... Read More

  • California Labor Board Complaint – How To File

    02 Aug 2017

    Workers frequently encounter wage and hour violations in the workplace but are often too intimidated to pursue a claim against their employers in civil court. Time constraints, expenses, the potential for verbal confrontation, and the adversarial nature of litigation discourages... Read More

  • How Do I Sue My Employer In California?

    28 Jul 2017

    An unanswered question that frequently pops up in the minds of most disgruntled California workers is simply “How Do I Sue My Employer in California?” The nuts and bolts of litigation can often be an intimidating topic to research, and most workers choose to hire attorneys... Read More

  • At Will Employment California,
    Can My Boss Fire Me At Anytime?

    16 Feb 2017

    At Will Employment California law provides that your employer can terminate you at any time, for any legal reason, so long as you are not employed under a contract for a specified term. In other words, pursuant to Labor Code section 2922, your employer can fire you at its own... Read More

  • Top 4 Labor Law Rights Every Brand Ambassador Should Know

    02 Jan 2017

    Brand ambassador jobs have grown substantially in the past five years as companies look to expand their recognition. Temp agencies, serving as the middle men between large corporations and brand ambassadors, have profited extensively as a result. But as others have benefited... Read More

  • Must Employers Pay Overtime for Salaried Employees?

    13 Dec 2016

    Depending on who you ask during your next trip to the water cooler about whether employers must pay overtime for salaried employees you may get a different answer. This is because of the complexities surrounding overtime pay law, and the difficulty most people have in... Read More

  • 5 Labor Rights Every Cannabis Worker Should Know

    08 Dec 2016

    Demand for cannabis workers is forecasted to grow substantially in the state of California with the passage of proposition 64, which legalizes recreational marijuana. In fact, by 2026 many experts have projected that the cannabis industry is expected to generate a whopping fifty... Read More

  • A Guide to Wrongful Termination in California

    02 Nov 2016

    Employees often have difficulty understanding what wrongful termination in California is, and distinguishing between a proper and improper firing by their employer. This is often due to the complicated nature of the employment relationship. The following article will guide... Read More