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California Outlaws Abusive Production Quotas at Warehouse Distribution Centers

You might be shocked to discover that in this day and age, some employees are forced by aggressive production quotas to originate in water bottles in order to avoid being fired. Unfortunately, not only is this happening at one of the world’s biggest companies—Amazon—but Amazon was forced to publicly...

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How Can I Tell If I am Misclassified as an Independent Contractor?

People often want to understand the rules regarding “classification” of employees. These rules determine whether you are subject to the employment laws, whether you are entitled to overtime, and whether you are entitled to meal and rest periods, among other things. You can be misclassified in several ways. First,...

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Are Outside Salespersons Exempt?

What is the Difference Between an Exempt and Non-Exempt Employee? An exempt employee is type of employee that is exempt from many of California’s pro-worker laws, including the right to a minimum wage, the right to overtime pay, and the right to paid rest periods and unpaid meal breaks....

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What is the Difference Between an Exempt and Non-Exempt Employee?

What is the Difference Between Exempt & Non-Exempt? The main difference between an exempt and non-exempt worker is whether or not they qualify for overtime pay. Exempt employees are not eligible for overtime, whereas non-exempt employees do get paid overtime. What determines who is classified as exempt or non-exempt...

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Is It Legal for My Employer to Round My Hours?

Under state and federal law, non-exempt workers must be paid a minimum wage for all hours worked. California has enacted one of the country’s highest minimum wages, which will eventually hit $15 an hour for the majority of the State’s employees. In California, under nearly all circumstances, you must...

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Do Temporary Employees Have Rights?

We often hear from temporary workers who believe they have fewer rights because they are hired indirectly through an agency. Fortunately, this is wrong. Temporary workers are generally entitled to the same legal protections as other workers, including the right to fair wages and overtime pay, and protection from...

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California Passes Covid-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

Even as we see hope on the horizon, employees and their families are still being ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic. Luckily, the California Legislature has seen the impact the pandemic has had on those employees on the front lines and has passed additional emergency relief in the form of...

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¿Puede su empleador obligarlo a hablar inglés?

Las leyes federales y estatales contra la discriminación cubren muchos grupos protegidos, entre ellos la raza, el género, el sexo, y la religión. Lo que muchos empleados no se dan cuenta o aprecian es que estas leyes también prohíben la discriminación basada en el origen nacional. La Discriminación de...

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Amazon Drivers Win $61.7 Million Wage Theft Settlement

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a proposed settlement of $61.7 million to resolve claims that Amazon committed wage theft by keeping tips belonging to its drivers working for its Amazon Flex, Prime Now, and AmazonFresh products. When can a company keep your tips and how do tips have to be divided among employees? Our experienced...

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Sprint Store Employees Win $7.6 Million in Off-the-Clock Work Lawsuit

Plaintiffs in a wage and hour class action against Sprint, the cell phone service provider, have proposed a $7.8 million settlement to resolve the suit. The plaintiffs in the suit claim they were forced to work “off-the-clock,” meaning before or after clocking in, and that they weren’t paid for...