Employment Law Blog: Hennig Ruiz

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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Gender Transition at Work: What Are Your Rights in California?

Gender Transition at Work - What Are Your Rights in California?If you are planning to transition while working in California, state employment law protects workers from discrimination and harassment due to gender identity and gender expression, regardless of their assigned sex at birth. Because California has some of the strongest transgender rights laws in the entire nation, employees are beginning to feel more comfortable about transitioning in the workplace. But what are California’s transgender rights laws as they relate to gender transition at work?

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UploadVR Sued for Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination in California

UploadVR Sued for Sexual Harassment Gender Discrimination in California

The lawsuits seem to be never-ending when it comes to Silicon Valley tech startups and their mistreatment of female employees. Recently, virtual reality and co-working startup UploadVR was sued for sexual harassment, sex and gender discrimination, and wrongful termination by a former female employee. And the allegations against the tech company are disturbing.

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DFEH Issues New California Workplace Harassment Guide

New DFEH Workplace Harassment Guide for California Employers

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently issued a workplace harassment guide for California employers. The new guide which was developed in conjunction with the California Sexual Harassment Task Force, provides employers with best practices on preventing and addressing harassment in the workplace.

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Can I Break My Employment Contract in California?

Can I Break My Employment Contract in California?If you have signed an employment contract with your current employer but have found that the job is not a good fit, it can be scary to think about what may happen if you choose to walk away. Breaking an employment contract in California can result in a variety of outcomes as every agreement is unique.

But can you ever break an employment contract in California and leave your job unscathed? It depends. This article will help you better understand California employment contracts, the provisions that may protect you, and those that could leave you facing the consequences.

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