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California AB 353: California Lawmakers Pass Bill to Expand Job Opportunities for Veterans

California AB 353 Lawmakers Vote to Expand Job Opportunities for Veterans

California Assembly Bill 353 was recently passed by a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 74-0, moving the bill to the state Senate. California AB 353, the Voluntary Veterans’ Preference Employment Policy Act, would allow California employers preference in hiring for veterans. The legislation was introduced by Assemblyman Randy Voepel, R-Santee.

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Genetic Information Discrimination in the California Workplace: What Employees Need to Know

Genetic Information Discrimination in the California Workplace What Employees Need to Know

Genetic research has made it possible to identify if you may be susceptible to certain diseases or disorders. While genetic testing advancements offer the great ability for doctors to detect, treat, and even prevent some medical conditions early, your genetic information may also make you vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace.

While California and federal laws are in place to protect employees from workplace discrimination due to genetics, some employers may still unlawfully treat workers differently when presented with their genetic information.

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Can I Sue My Employer for Emotional Distress in California?

Can I Sue My Employer for Emotional Distress in California?

We all have bad days at work, but many of us can simply power through knowing that better days are just around the corner. However, there are times when a series of “bad work days” can turn into a serious problem for an employee. Work-related emotional distress brought on by a bad boss or coworker can also be unlawful. No one should be subjected to a hostile work environment that causes mental suffering, but how do you know if you can sue your employer for emotional distress?

This article will help you understand emotional distress, and how your employee rights may be protected under California and federal employment laws.

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Can You Be Fired for a Dress Code Violation in California?

Can You Be Fired for a Dress Code Violation in California?

If you work in California, your employer may require you and your coworkers to adhere to an employee dress code policy based on business need. Dress codes, uniform requirements, and grooming rules can help regulate employee appearance and even ensure a safe work environment. But can you be fired for violating your company dress code? It depends. At times, workplace dress codes and appearance policies may constitute workplace discrimination or result in wrongful termination.

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How to Report to Cal OSHA: Filing a Workplace Safety Complaint in California

How to Report to Cal OSHA - File Workplace Safety Complaint in California

Safety hazards are often prevalent in the workplace, whether you work in an office environment or perform manual labor. Did you know that over 12,085 workers’ compensation claims have been filed in California so far this year? And this number is just growing by the day. Therefore, it is essential for all employees to understand how to report unsafe working conditions to Cal-OSHA. Knowing how to file a report could help save you and your coworkers from unnecessary, and even life-threatening injuries.

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California SB 63: Lawmakers Want to Offer More Employees Baby-Bonding Leave

California SB 63 to Offer More Employees Baby-Bonding Leave

The California Senate Appropriations Committee recently decided the fate of hundreds of employment and labor bills, including Senate Bill 63 (California SB 63), the New Parent Leave Act. California lawmakers voted to expand the state’s parental leave laws to cover small business employees. If the bill moves past the Senate floor and then signed into law, SB 63 would offer employees working for small businesses unpaid, baby-bonding leave.

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California Vacation Law and PTO Law: Common Questions, Answered

California Vacation Law and PTO Law Common Questions

The start of summer can bring up many questions for employees who want to take time off work for vacation, or extend their weekends to spend time with family on long summer days. But before you book that flight to Europe or head off on your family camping trip, it is always a good idea to review your company’s vacation and paid time off (PTO) policy, plus understand what California vacation laws entail. This article will answer common questions regarding California’s vacation and PTO laws.

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Hiring Discrimination Laws in California: 5 Things Applicants Need to Know

Hiring Discrimination Laws in California

If you are looking for a job in California, state and federal employment laws are in place to protect you from discrimination during the hiring process. Despite the existence of these laws, you may still find that employers discriminate against job applicants.

As you are hunting for a new job, it is important to equip yourself with the knowledge of California’s hiring discrimination laws. Here are five things you need to know before you submit your resume or head in for a job interview.

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How Do I Make an Internal Complaint with HR in California?

How Do I Make an Internal Workplace Complaint with HR in California?
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An employee who feels wronged by an employer may want to make an internal complaint with their human resources department in order to stop workplace discrimination or harassment in its tracks. However, many workers are frightened about heading to HR to file a complaint for a myriad of reasons; whether they feel that HR won’t take them seriously, or even retaliate against them.

While making an internal complaint with HR may be scary, it is crucial for you to stand up for your rights if you feel that your employer is violating California or federal employment laws. But what is the best way to file an internal complaint with HR? Follow these tips if you are considering heading to HR to make sure that your internal complaint is heard and responded to appropriately.

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