Employee Rights: Must Employees Be Paid For On-Call Time?

Does a company have to pay security guards for on-call time, including sleep, they are required to spend at construction worksites where they are subject to their employer's control? Yes, according to the California Supreme Court. In Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc., the Court held that the security guards w...

Employment Class Actions: Female Attorney Sues Over Unequal Pay

A female attorney is suing Farmers Insurance, one of the nation's biggest insurance companies. The lawsuit claims that Farmers significantly and systematically underpays female attorneys for performing the same job duties as male attorneys. Plaintiff had 22 years of experience when she was hired as a contract att...

Employee Rights Update: Medical Leave and Outside Employment

Imagine the following scenario: You are working for a company. Before you were hired, you signed an agreement in which you agreed to submit any disputes arising out of your employment to arbitration. You also received an employment manual that explicitly stated that you could not hold outside employment while out...

EMPLOYEE RIGHTS: EMPLOYEES CAN BE SOLICITED BY EMPLOYERS’ COMPETITORS

Companies frequently compete and try to hire away each other's employees. While such competition is healthy, it can also result in lawsuits, as companies accuse each other of trying to recruit employees with knowledge of a company's trade secrets. A recent case from Silicon Valley shows that companies have to be ...