If you are applying for an internship in California, you are likely wondering if your internship will be paid or unpaid. While it may not be unlawful to offer unpaid internships, there are certain rules California employers must follow under state and federal law to keep unpaid internships legal.
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.
Most of us have been stressed at work at one point or another. While work-related stress can often be short-lived once an important deadline has been met, or you resolve an internal conflict with a co-worker, there are other times when you may suffer from ongoing stress and anxiety at work which can result in serious psychiatric problems.
But can you get workers’ comp for stress just as you can for a physical injury? Maybe. While California does not have a stress leave law per se, California labor law may allow you to file a workers’ compensation claim for a psychiatric injury that was caused by workplace stress. You may also be eligible for unpaid stress leave under the Family Medical Leave Act and California Family Rights Act.
Oracle was recently hit by two separate employment lawsuits both directed at problems concerning the tech giant’s employees. On one front, the U.S. Department of Labor is suing Oracle for allegedly engaging in discriminatory recruiting and hiring practices as well as engaging in unfair pay practices. Additionally, Oracle is being sued in a class action lawsuit by its employees for alleged violations of California labor laws by imposing clawback provisions on earned commissions after employees have been “replanned”.
A class action lawsuit was recently filed in California against Carl Karcher Enterprises LLC (CKE) by one current and one former employee of the company’s famous fast food burger chain, Carl’s Jr. The suit alleges that Carl’s Jr. unlawfully suppresses employee wages by preventing franchisees from hiring workers from other franchisees. The employees claim that CKE and its CEO, Andrew Puzder illegally suppress workers’ wages to “ensure that franchisees make money.”
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.
According to a recent decision by the California Supreme Court in the case of Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., California employees are entitled to breaks during their work day that must be duty-free, meaning that an employee cannot be required to perform any work-related job functions during his or her break time, including being on-call.
Failure to allow employees to have completely duty-free breaks can result in severe financial liability for the employer. Employers are required to pay employees up to one full hour’s worth of regular rate pay for any legally mandated breaks taken by employees that were not completely duty-free.
Sometimes our employers require us to travel for work-related purposes. But what aspects of employee travel are California employers required to pay for? Travel pay in California can be a confusing area of law, but the following overview can help you navigate the ins and outs of travel pay laws in the California workplace. Read More…