How Much Pregnancy Leave Can I Take?

How Much Pregnancy Leave Can I Take?

Orange County Employment Attorney: Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington and now Carrie Mathison? It sure feels like everyone’s getting pregnant these days, which is why it’s no surprise that one of most common questions I get asked is: “How much time can I take off work for pregnancy leave?” THE QUICK ANSWER Like all legal questions,…

New Laws Protect Pregnancy Disability Leave and Accommodation

New Laws Protect Pregnancy Disability Leave and Accommodation

Orange County Employment Lawyer: Thanks to the Fair Employment and Housing Commission and the vital contribution it received from the California Employment Lawyers Association, California has implemented landmark regulations protecting employment rights of pregnant workers.  These regulations have been updated to be even more far-reaching, with broad definitions of disability and reasonable accommodation rights.  …

Arbitration Games: Bingham McCutchen Appeals to U.S. Supreme Court

Arbitration Games: Bingham McCutchen Appeals to SCOTUS

Orange County Employment Attorney: Eight months after a California Court of Appeal unanimously laid the smack down on Bingham McCutchen, ruling that their mandatory employee arbitration agreement was unenforceable, Bingham is going for broke and appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. The appeal comes almost five months after the California Supreme Court denied Bingham’s request…

YAHOO! Uses Bell Curve to Help Rank and Fire Employees

YAHOO Employees Ranked and Fired on Bell Curve

Orange County Employment Attorney: Reports have been popping up this week detailing how Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, has implemented a system where managers are forced to rank Yahoo employees on a bell curve and then fire those at the low end. This seems to be the second major HR disaster coming from Mayer’s reign after…

CalTrans Hit With $570,000 Verdict for Whistleblower Retaliation

Caltrans Hit With $570,000 Verdict for Whistleblower Retaliation

Orange County Employment Attorney: Caltrans received a very special Halloween treat yesterday when a Los Angeles jury awarded employee Tony Brake, a 50-year old bridge engineer and first-line supervisor, over $570,000 in economic and emotional distress damages after senior Caltrans employees subjected him to whistleblower retaliation after he reported (and refused to participate in) discrimination against…

Recent Discrimination Case Gives Your Boss More Incentive to Write You Up- Orange County Employment Attorney

Problems With Your TPS Reports? Recent Discrimination Case Gives Your Boss More Incentive to Write You Up

Didn’t you get that memo? One of the most important new employment cases coming down from the California Supreme Court this year has definitely been Harris v. City of Santa Monica. In a nutshell, the Court’s holding in Harris gives California Employers even more incentive to document and exaggerate the mistakes and shortcomings of their employees.…

Recent Disney Lawsuit Inspires CA Lawmakers to Add Protection for Religious Dress and Grooming in the Workplace - Orange County Employment Attorney

Recent Disney Lawsuit Inspires CA Lawmakers to Add Protection for Religious Dress Discrimination in the Workplace

Orange County Religious Dress Discrimination Attorney:  A recent amendment to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), AB 1964, clarifies that discrimination based on religion includes “religious dress practice” as well as “religious grooming practice.”  The revised Government Code section 12926(p) states that “religious dress practice” must be construed broadly to include “the wearing or…

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California Minimum Wage Increase to $10 Is Signed into Law

Orange County Minimum Wage Lawyer:  This morning, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to raise California’s minimum wage from $8 an hour to $10 an hour within three years, making it among the highest in the country in 2016.  The minimum wage will be raised in separate increments –to $9 an hour on July 1, 2014,…