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New Form I-9: 3 Things All Employees Should Know

New Form I-9 Changes Employees Should Know
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If you plan on applying for a new job this year, you must complete a new version of the Form I-9 when you are hired. As of January 22 2017, newly-hired employees are required to complete this new form within three days of being hired.

Much of the form remains the same as the previous version, but there are some very important changes that employees need to know.

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How to Sue Your California Employer While You Are Still Employed

Sue Your Employer While Still Employed in California
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If you are in a situation where you are being harassed or discriminated against in the workplace, it is important to know that it is possible to sue your California employer while you are still employed. Do not think that quitting your job and getting justice are two mutually exclusive options — you can remain employed and file a lawsuit against your employer.

Many workers who have faced discrimination or harassment at work get to a point where they have had enough. They may have formally complained to management or human resources, but have gotten nowhere. As this can be frustrating, some employees opt to take things into their own hands and hire an employment law attorney to file a claim against their employer.

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Will President Trump’s Administration Axe New DOL Overtime Law?

New DOL Overtime Law Under Trump Administration
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The past few months have been a roller coaster ride as far as the Department of Labor’s new overtime exemption rule change is concerned. On December 1, 2016, the Department of Labor was set to issue a new overtime law, but before it could take effect, a federal judge in Texas invalidated it. The Obama administration filed an appeal with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals before leaving the White House to get the invalidation of the rule by the Texas District Court judge overturned.

But now employees across the country are starting to wonder: What will the Trump administration do about the overtime rule?

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Apple Loses California Class Action Lawsuit, Must Pay Employees $2 Million for Denying Meal Breaks

Apples Loses Class Action Lawsuit for Violating California Meal and Rest Break Laws

Four Apple retail employees in San Diego filed a California labor lawsuit in 2011 alleging that the company failed to give them required meal and rest breaks, amongst other claims. And now Apple has been ordered to pay $2 million to these employees included in a class of 21,000 California workers.

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Can I Sue My Employer for Wrongful Termination in California?

Can I Sue My Employer for Wrongful Termination in California?
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While practically anyone can get fired at any time for a variety of reasons, there are certain instances where it can be illegal for an employer to terminate an employee. If you have recently been fired or laid off, it is important to understand whether your employer’s reasons for terminating you were legal in the first place. But how do you know when it is appropriate to sue your employer for wrongful termination?

The following article will answer this question and others to help you understand your employee rights under California and federal wrongful termination laws.

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Southern California Principal Files Gender Discrimination Suit After Being Demoted for Pregnancy

California Principal Files Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Claiming Demotion Due to Pregnancy
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A woman has filed a sex and gender discrimination lawsuit against a Southern California school district claiming that she was demoted after announcing her pregnancy.

Christine Castillo was just a few weeks into her new position and “dream job” as the principal of the La Cañada Elementary School when she announced that she was expecting a child.

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5 Common Signs of Gender Bias in the Workplace

Gender Bias at Work Common Signs and Examples
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Gender bias in the workplace is a hot issue, and for good reason. When gender discrimination and harassment occurs at work, employees suffer greatly from its negative effects. Not only can gender bias result in lost productivity, unequal wages, and hostile work environments, companies may suffer from bad reputations when employment lawsuits are brought by affected workers.

The following signs of gender bias in the workplace will help you recognize when it may be appropriate to speak up to your employer about sex and gender discrimination or seek help from an experienced employment attorney.

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Stress at Work: How to Manage Workplace Stress

How to Manage Workplace Stress
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We all experience work-related stress from time to time, whether it stems from a demanding boss, challenging assignments, or pressures to meet tight deadlines. But while these situations are common, it is important for all employees to know that chronic job stress can negatively impact our mental and physical health. According to the APA Center for Organizational Excellence, 65 percent of American employees have cited work as a significant source of stress, and more than one-third of these workers also reported chronic stress due to their jobs.

If you feel that your work environment is negatively impacting you to the point that your health is suffering, the following tips may help you manage workplace stress and understand how state and federal employment laws can protect you from stressors caused by illegal employer behaviors.

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Hospital Settles Religious Discrimination Suit Regarding Mandatory Flu Shots

Hospital Settles Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Regarding Mandatory Seasonal Flu Shot RequirementWith the flu season in full swing, many employers are promoting optional seasonal flu vaccines to ward off the spread of illness in the workplace. But one hospital in Pennsylvania recently learned that its mandatory seasonal flu vaccine requirement for employees violated federal religious discrimination laws. And now, the hospital has been ordered to pay up.

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California SB 1001 Expands Anti-Discrimination Employment Protections for Immigrants

California SB 1001 Expands Anti-Discrimination Employment Protections for Immigrant Workers

California Senate Bill 1001 went into effect on January 1, 2017. The newly enacted legislation expands several California labor and employment law bills and gives more immigration-related protections to job applicants and incumbent employees relating to “document abuse.”

SB 1001 comes to Californians at an interesting time of change at the federal level in terms of unfair immigration-related employment practices.

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