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Bring on 2022! New Employee Protections in Employment Contracts in the Silenced No More Act

Happy New Year! In California, a new year often brings new laws protecting employees. Let’s dive into one that applies to our clients dealing with NDAs and employment contracts: The Silenced No More Act. As of 2 years ago, California already broke new ground in protecting employees by outlawing confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements for …

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We’re Still in the COVID-19 World: Do I Have the Right to Paid Leave If I’m Affected?

2022 is almost upon us. We are almost 2 years into the COVID-19 pandemic and smack in the middle of cold and flu season. Earlier in the pandemic, federal and California laws provided emergency paid sick leave that had the effect of expanding California workers’ sick leave. Those have all expired. So what protections do …

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Bernstein is Not the Big Win Employers Think it is

On February 23, 2021, the Ninth Circuit held in Bernstein v. Virgin America, Inc. (Case No. 19-15382) that employers are not subject to heightened penalties for subsequent violations of the Labor Code until they have been “notified” of the violation. The decision goes on to explain that, in Bernstein, the employer had not been notified …

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5 Reasons to Consult a Lawyer About Severance Paperwork– Before You Sign Anything!

Employers often offer severance payments to employees who are terminated or laid off. Usually, that payment depends on the employees signing lengthy severance agreements with complicated terms and conditions. You may feel time pressure to sign the agreement right away. But beware the fine print and strings attached – for example, employees are often required …

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Do I Have the Right to Paid Leave If I’m Affected by the New Coronavirus?

The State of California and many municipalities in California mandate paid sick leave – and these laws permit paid time off for an employee (or relative) who is ill with COVID-19. Generally, the covered family members for whom an employee can take time off to care for are: Children, parents, spouse or registered domestic partner, …

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Know Your Rights: California and Municipal Paid Sick Leave Laws

California State Level Paid Sick Leave The “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014” went into effect on July 1, 2015. The law mandates paid sick leave for employees who work in California for 30 or more days within a year from the beginning of employment. Employees, including part-time and temporary employees, earn one hour …

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