September 2016 Archives

Non-adherence to FMLA laws could result in an employment dispute

Employment laws and protections require flexibility in order to change with the constantly growing and evolving population of the United States. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was originally instituted at the federal level in 1993. Since that time, the state of California has passed legislation to further define and augment the original law in order to address current employment and family issues. Non-adherence to these continuously changing state laws can easily become an employment dispute.

The future for California farmworkers includes overtime pay

The end of the 2015-2016 legislative session has seen new employment laws signed by California’s Governor Jerry Brown. One promises overtime pay to farmworkers beginning in 2019. Between 2019 and 2022, the measure will be phased into industrial and larger farming operations. Smaller farms will have until 2025 to implement the overtime rule.

New California employment law: Domestic dispute rights

There are many reasons that California employees have the right to legally request time off from work. Often, this applies to pregnant employees, their spouses or employees who are caring for other family members. However, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a new employment law into effect that requires employers to notify their employees of their rights to take leave due to domestic violence.

8-figure settlement levied in Fox News employment dispute

A large settlement that was recently reached between Fox News and former employee Gretchen Carlson could be considered a landmark case for those in California who have dealt with discrimination in the workplace. The parent company of Fox News, 21st Century Fox, agreed to pay $20 million to the former anchorwoman as a result of a very public employment dispute. In addition to the settlement, Fox also issued a rare formal and public apology to Carlson.

Religion and employment discrimination

Though freedom of religion is one of the most important rights that Americans enjoy, the role of religion in a corporate work environment can create difficult questions for employees, employers and the courts. Even if a company is privately held, it is still bound by the restrictions on government set forth in the Constitution. California workers may be interested in the fact that employment discrimination based upon religious beliefs is illegal and could be grounds for legal action.

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