The HR Specialist: California Employment Law

A federal judge has ordered a case to arbitration despite an employee’s argument that it was invalid partly because of his status as an undocumented worker.

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Decision provides much needed clarity and flexibility to employers implementing arbitration agreements in California.

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The equal pay movement gained significant ground in 2015, with new equal pay legislation enacted in two large states, new pay equity rules issued for federal contractors and equal pay legislation introduced in several states.

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When it comes to evaluating employees, supervisors and managers sometimes rely too much on subjective measures. Some employees allege that such generalizations are merely a way to cover up bias.

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Ahead of the soon-to-be released white-collar overtime rule overhaul, the Department of Labor has begun pursuing employers that abuse the exempt classification system.

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Energy workers are protected from retaliation for reporting safety problems if their workplace is covered by the federal Energy Reorganization Act.

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The U.S. Department of Labor has secured a judgment against a San Jose construction firm after an investigation revealed that employee contributions to the company’s retirement plan were never deposited.

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An Orange County recycler will pay 15 workers $200,378 in back wages and damages after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation uncovered numerous Fair Labor Standard Act violations.

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For employers with tipped employees, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a federal Department of Labor regulation on tip pools.

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Q. I am opening a restaurant and would like all of my employees who work in the front of the house to dress and groom themselves in a specific way. Am I required to make an exception for employees who dress and groom differently for religious reasons?

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