The Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, allows new parents, including foster and adoptive parents, eligibility for 12 weeks of leave—unpaid or paid if the employee has earned or accrued it—that may be used for the care of a new child. In order to be eligible, however, an employee must work for an employer that has at least 50 employees within … Read More
FMLA Updates for 2021
The Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, is a bit of a living document – and these are the changes you need to know about this year. FMLA Updates for 2021 As of 2021, a handful of changes to FMLA have come from the California state legislature and federal agencies. However, some other changes have come into effect through … Read More
7 Common Employment Law Issues
Employment law issues run the complete range from discrimination and harassment at a job to unsafe conditions – but one thing remains the same: If your employer is violating a law, you have legal recourse. Here’s a look at some common employment law issues and what to do about them. 7 Common Employment Law Issues Seven of the most common … Read More
Can You Be Fired for Being Pregnant?
If you’re like many expectant mothers, you’re wondering whether you can be fired for being pregnant – and the answer is no. Under most circumstances, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibit employers from firing you because you’re pregnant or firing you for pregnancy-related conditions. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be fired during pregnancy. … Read More
Workers’ Rights in California: What Employees Need to Know
Workers’ rights in California are typically more protective than federal workers’ rights are – and in many cases, they’re more protective than other states, as well. But what rights do employees have in California, and how do they apply to you? Workers’ Rights in California Under federal and state laws, California employees have several rights. Here’s a quick breakdown of … Read More
How to Take Unpaid Leave in California: FMLA, CFRA, FEHA, ADA, and You
The Rights of California Employees to Take Unpaid Leave Under Certain Circumstances The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 and the California Family Rights Act of 1991 provides qualifying employees with at least sixty (60) days of unpaid leave for qualifying reasons. Further, a qualifying employee is guaranteed to return to their same position, or an equivalent position, when they … Read More
Can You Sue an Employer for Medical Discrimination?
If you’re like many people who have been medically discriminated against, you’re wondering if you can sue an employer for it. Here’s what you need to know. Can You Sue an Employer for Medical Discrimination? In some cases, you can sue an employer for medical discrimination. However, although medical discrimination is illegal, not everyone with a medical condition is protected … Read More
What is Paid Parental Leave?
If you’re like many new moms and dads, you know that California employees are sometimes entitled to paid parental leave – but does it apply in your case? Here’s what you need to know. What is Paid Parental Leave? In the state of California, paid family leave – commonly called PFL – covers about 18.3 million workers throughout the state. … Read More
What is Paternity Leave in California?
In the state of California, paternity leave is a right under the law – but what are your rights, and what can you do if your employer denies them? Here’s what you need to know: Paternity leave is generally available to biological, foster and adoptive fathers Fathers must meet certain requirements to take paternity leave Dads may be eligible to … Read More
California Employee Rights Handbook: The Scoop for Employees
In California, employees have rights – and this is an overview of what you, as a nonexempt employee, are entitled to when you work in this state. Your employee rights include: Freedom from harassment, discrimination and retaliation Fair pay, including commissions and overtime Safe working conditions Rest and meal breaks Paid leave, when appropriate Freedom from wrongful termination California Employee … Read More
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