The HR Specialist: California Employment Law

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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Having a fair disciplinary process is the best way to defeat frivolous discrimination allegations.

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The former editorial director of Yahoo’s Autos, Homes, Shopping, Small Business and Travel sections has filed a lawsuit claiming the company violated its own rules when it conducted a quarterly performance review while he was on an approved leave.

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Remind supervisors that retaliating against workers who report alleged criminal or other illegal activity may violate the California Labor Code.

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Not every hiring decision has to be based strictly on objective qualifications. Some jobs require special talents that are inherently subjective.

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If all you do with your handbook is bestow it on new employees on their first day, you’re not taking full advantage of it.

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Sometimes, workplace harassment can be so oppressive that an employee takes his own life. In some circumstances, those responsible for maintaining a workplace free of retaliation and harassment can be held liable for such a tragedy.

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