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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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Top Reasons Why Employees Sue Their Employer

Top Reasons Why Employees Sue Their Employer

Employees sue their employers for a variety of reasons, and generally seek advice from an employment attorney if they have a sense that their rights have been violated due to a protected characteristic. Many employees do not know what federal or California employment laws entail, but want to ensure that justice is served and their dignity is restored. If you are thinking about suing your boss, it can be helpful to know some of the most common reasons why other employees sue their employers.

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California Immigration Laws: What Employees Need to Know

California Immigration Laws and Employee Rights
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Immigration laws are getting a lot of attention lately, with many wondering what their rights are under current laws. Fortunately, all workers are guaranteed certain rights in California, regardless of immigration status. Read on to learn more about California immigration laws and your rights as an immigrant worker.

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What to Do When HR is the Bully: Navigating Problems with Human Resources

What to Do When HR is the Problem, the Bully, or Refuses to Help

In the office, the human resources department is your first line of defense when faced with employment discrimination, workplace bullying and harassment, and a slew of other work-related issues. But what if HR is the bully or refuses to help you? This makes for a difficult and sometimes awkward situation, but fortunately, you have options. Here are clear steps you should take if your human resources department is unhelpful or if it is part of the problem.

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California AB 5: Opportunity to Work Act Passes Through Assembly

Opportunity to Work Act California AB 5 Passes Through Assembly
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California Assembly Bill 5, the Opportunity to Work Act, was recently approved by the California Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment. If passed, AB 5 would require California employers to offer additional work hours to current, part-time employees before hiring new ones.

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California Employment Law Bills Update for Spring 2017

California Employment Law Bills Update for Spring 2017
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A variety of new California employment law bills have been sprouting up this spring despite the February deadline to introduce bills in the California Legislature. Because California employment legislation is constantly changing, it’s important for employees to know what may soon impact them in the workplace. Here are five workplace-related bills that we think employees need to keep their eyes on.

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What are California’s Protected Classes in Employment?

California Protected Classes in Employment
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If you are a California employee, federal and state employment laws protect you from workplace discrimination. This means that if your employer subjects you to unlawful negative treatment based on your membership in a protected class, you may be able to file an employment discrimination claim. While federal laws protect certain classes from discrimination and harassment, California state law extends these protections to additional classes of people.

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5 Simple Rules for Hugging at Work

Hugging in the Workplace: Is it Okay to Hug a Coworker?The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that hugging at work can create a hostile work environment if the hugging is unwelcome and pervasive. Yolo County Sheriff Edward G. Prieto was charged with inappropriately hugging a female correctional officer over 100 times within a 12-year period. At one point Prieto hugged the correctional officer to congratulate her on her marriage. To some people, this behavior may seem harmless and friendly, but the correctional officer thought Prieto’s hugs were inappropriate and, ultimately, the court agreed.

So, does this mean that if you hug a longtime coworker in a congratulatory way, he or she will file a sexual harassment complaint against you? Not usually. But hugging in a professional environment can certainly cause confusion. While some coworkers may welcome hugs, others do not want to be touched — even if you have the best of intentions. But when is hugging at work okay? These guidelines for hugging in the workplace can help you decide when it may be an appropriate time to hug a colleague, and when you should probably just opt for the standard handshake.

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