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Can Your Employer Require You to Bear the Cost of Working Remotely?

Employers are Required to Reimburse Necessary Business Expenses In California, Labor Code § 2802 requires employers to reimburse employees for all “necessary expenditures or losses incurred by the employee in direct consequence of the discharge of his or her duties.” This rule exists because the State legislature recognized that, if...

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The #1 Way Employers Cheat Employees of Overtime

It’s a common misconception among employees that you don’t get overtime pay if you’re paid a salary. Fortunately, this is not always the case.  To be exempt from overtime pay requirements under California law, an employee must be paid a salary of not less the twice the minimum wage and spend at...

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Workers’ Rights in the Age of Coronavirus Quarantines

The coronavirus outbreak has changed the employment landscape. Workers face new problems dangerous to their personal health like being asked to report to work in violation of a stay-at-home or shelter-in-place order; being asked to work in close proximity with other workers in violation of social distancing recommendations or...

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Your Right to Reimbursement for Work Use of Cell Phones & Other Personal Devices

Many employees do not realize that if they are required to use personal devices, including cellphones and laptops, for work-related tasks, they are entitled to be paid or reimbursed for their use of personal devices for the benefit of their employer.   Indeed, if your employer requires that you check...

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Can Your Employer Require Tip Pooling?

Tip pools are common in the services industries, including among restaurant, car wash, spa, salon, casino, and other employees. Although some tip pools are legal, many are not. Watch out for these common pitfalls in employer-mandated tip pools. What is a Tip Pool? A tip pool is a policy...