Despite the best efforts of the federal government and the state of California, some employers fail to compensate their employees, as they should. Even so, when a payment dispute arises, the appropriate government agencies can help an employee receive the overtime or other pay that is owed. Once a company is ordered to repay a worker, it may take some additional effort to obtain that back pay.
After spending years in college, going through an internship and finally becoming a full-fledged physician, new San Jose doctors may begin job hunting. Accepting an offer is usually just the first step in getting hired. More than likely, new physicians will end up negotiating their first employment contracts and need help doing so.
One of the basic expectations of employees at California businesses or others around the country is that they will receive the correct wages for the time they work on their jobs. Whether workers are paid a fixed salary or by hours worked, employers are required by law to compensate them. When this does not happen, a payment dispute may arise. Recently, such a dispute occurred in another state between a publishing company and one of its former employees.
Employees throughout California and around the country hope they have the freedom to speak up about situations in the workplace that need improvement. For example, calling attention to staffing shortages does not seem to be an inflammatory report. However, a physician in another state contended that he lost his job because of that action. Recently, he was awarded $29 million in a wrongful termination lawsuit he had filed against his former employer.
"A fair day's wage for a fair day's work" was an old slogan that surfaced in early labor movements in the country. Exactly what is considered to be "fair" has long been an issue for employers in California and throughout the nation. Disputes regarding employment compensation are common when workers do not receive the proper pay for the hours they have worked. A recent ruling by the state Supreme Court provided clarification on how to fully define time worked on the job.