Currently I'm dealing with a new Director of human resources who are making a mandatory offsite team building at a campsite in the Napa Valley for two days. I have three of my four reports who state that they cannot accommodate an overnight stay due to other reasons for such as childcare and... Read more »
A company can require attendance at overnight, weekend or evening team building retreats, and it can discipline or even terminate anyone who will not attend. The issue will be whether the participants will be properly paid the time they spend.
If everyone is an exempt salaried employee,...Read more »
I went to work on my day off to eat at the company restaurant. After seated, security guard said I was on camera stealing purses. They said don’t leave and that they are calling the authorities. They immediately came back and said they made a mistake and said I was free to go. I quit because I... Read more »
Probably not. It was not unlawful to detain you for a short while as they looked at the video and determine you were not the suspect. Your quitting before you ever faced what you feared, i.e., a hostile work environment, probably left you without any legal claim. Even if there was some hostility...Read more »
When you start working in West Virginia, the laws of that state will govern the answer to your question. You will need to get advice from an attorney in that jurisdiction to get a competent answer to your question.
I am accused of bringing my emotions to work on top on them offering onling therapy which never actually surfaced. These are from individuals who argue for 3 hours straight everyday. I feel that this can be considered slander. Also as someone who wants to have children and is struggling is there... Read more »
Infertility is considered to be a medical disability, and any unwelcomed severe or pervasive comments or conduct directed at you based on that disability that fundamentally alters your workplace rendering it hostile to you as a person struggling with infertility may give rise to a claim of unlawful...Read more »
Unfortunately the law does not require employers to be polite, or to be consistent, or to even be rational. Speaking to employees in a demeaning manner it not against the law unless you can prove it is occurring because of your membership in a protected class of people. I hear you about your...Read more »
Do we need to notify law enforcement? Are we obligated to inform the employee whose phone call was recorded? Are we allowed to listen to the recording? Are we allowed to take action based on the contents of the recording?
California Penal Code section 632 makes it both a misdemeanor crime and a civil wrong to record a conversation with someone who believes they are involved in a private communication. As with all crimes, other citizens do not have a legal duty to report the crime has occurred.
You have asked no question. If you are wondering if it is lawful for your employer to terminate you because you did not disclose that you were having flu-like symptoms until 6 days later after you got the test results, the answer is yes. In this pandemic, employers have the awesome responsibility...Read more »
I was fired after more than 15 years by a new director of the program I worked at for the last 7 of those years, bc I challenged her abusive authority. I originally wanted to sue for unlawful termination however I did not want my ex-co-workers affected. Now most I knew have left or been fired so...
No. HIPAA is a medical provider and insurer statute, not an employer statute. However there are laws that protect an employee's medical privacy. That said, in today's climate there is nothing unlawful about an employer knowing your status as infected or not with the virus. Anyway, the...Read more »
This is a question you should be asking your attorney. However the basic answer is you do not need a federal equivalent to these statutes. You can litigate California law in the federal court. Those two Civil Code sections have the same meaning and effect in federal court as they do in...Read more »
Through the use of the formal discovery process. If you are represented by an attorney, talk to the attorney about this. If you are not represented by an attorney, get one. You will be buried by experienced defense counsel and likely will lose because of that. Pro per litigants do not do well...Read more »
This question is not capable of a helpful answer without knowing far more. If you have an attorney this is a question best answered by him or her. If you do not have an attorney, you are making a big mistake. Legal procedure and substantive law in this area is complicated and fraught with...Read more »
I'm a musician who was planning to offer music related services online and at the same time work on my recordings and releases. Is it necessary for me to get a business license to work out of home as an independent contractor and if so what steps are required to be taken to get the license?... Read more »
Business licenses are usually issued by cities, and the requirements for getting one will depend on the particular city in which your business will be based. Therefore to find the steps necessary, call your City Hall.
If you are looking to open a business in California, then you must...Read more »
He asked me to seek other counsel but wanted me to be the one to dismiss him. I believed, at the time, my case would be more appealing to other attorneys if they left me rather then me leaving them, on a contingent case.
I have not been able to find an attorney since. Now, I think I may... Read more »
Disrespectful no. However, it is always a red flag for an attorney looking at a case when the client had a prior attorney who no longer wanted to work with the client because of a communication breakdown. No attorney wants to take on a case that will turn into a nightmare where the client and...Read more »
My job functions can and have been carried out successfully remotely. My employer says school districts are "exempt" from following the order to remote work if they are able to do so. Is this true? Can my employer require staff return to the office?
Yes. Employees can be required to return to the office now. If you have some kind of special medical issue that your doctor will certify that you need to remain working from home, then there might be the ability to procure a reasonable accommodation to work from home.
Employees have nothing to do with the California Minimum Tax. If you are an entity, LLC, Corp., LP, etc., that has applied for, and obtained qualification to do business in California, you are required to pay the Minimum tax of $800 per year, whether you have any employees or not, in California or...Read more »
Locate and consult with an experienced employment law attorney as soon as possible to explore your facts and determine your options. I would suggest you look either on this site, or go to www.cela.org, the home page for the California Employment Lawyers Association, an organization whose members...Read more »
Yes you can. In California you are considered to be an at will employee unless you have an agreement to the contrary about that status with your employer. The employer of an at will employee can terminate the employee at any time and for any reason or even no reason at all. Terminating you...Read more »
In California all employees are considered to be employed at will unless there is an agreement to the contrary about that status with the employer. The employer of an at will employee can terminate the employee at any time and for any reason or even for no reason...Read more »
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