California Legislature Passes Historic Bill Expanding Family and Medical Leave Rights

The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) is a state law which supplements the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The CFRA was recently amended (SB-1383 Unlawful employment practice: California Family Rights Act.) to cover many more employees. The updated law was just approved by the 2019–2020 legislature and when i...

The Difference between the EEOC and the California DFEH

The EEOC is the Equal Employment Opportunity Council. DFEH is the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The EEO is a federal agency while DFEH is a state agency. Both agencies administer and enforce discrimination laws against employers. Generally, employees are advised to seek legal counsel if there...

California Non-Compete Laws for Employees

We receive many calls about non-compete agreements throughout California, primarily in Silicon Valley area. There is new law that greatly helps employees compete with former employers after they leave a company – voluntarily or involuntarily. California takes the position, by law, that they will not restrict anyone...

Governor Newsome Announces Paid Sick Leave for California food Workers During the Pandemic and Other Consumer Protections

On August 16, 2020 Governor Newsome signed an executive order to help California food service workers during the COVID-19 health crisis. The protections apply to food workers for large employers by providing two weeks of paid sick leave. The order supplements a federal relief order that provides similar paid sick leave...

Will Californians Who Refuse Work Because of Coronavirus Still Get Unemployment Benefits?

The San Francisco Chronicle reported recently that people who decline work (their old job or a new one) may still be entitled to unemployment compensation, “according to new guidelines from the California Employment Development Department (EDD).” Essentially, the California EDD guidelines state that workers ge...

Can Posting On Social Media Affect Your Employment Law Claim?

Many businesses such as professional offices, restaurants, retail stores, and hotels use social media to promote their products and services. Many employees have their own Facebook. LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Employees should understand that employers may review their social medical accounts before hiri...

Was it Wrong for Amazon to Fire a Worker Who Protested Unsafe Working Conditions?

The Guardian reported on March 31, 2020, that a New York worker for Amazon was fired for protesting unsafe COVID-19 working conditions. Strikers in Staten Island had demanded that Amazon close its JFK8 warehouse for cleaning – after there were reports that several employees had tested positive for the novel coronavir...

EEOC Announces that a California Farm Settled a Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit for $300,000

The EEOC announced the settlement in July 2018. The EEOC had accused a farm manager of sexually harassing four female workers in the following ways: Leering at them Grabbing the female workers in their private areas Making comments that were sexual And forcing them to be touched and kissed – though thos...