Benefits like vacation, sick leave, relocation payments and the like must be provided equally to all similarly situated employees. Don’t reward some with additional perks and leave others out—unless you’re willing to risk a lawsuit.
Executives of Parrot Cellular, a Central Valley and Bay Area cellphone retailer, have agreed to pay just under $4.2 million to the company’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) following a probe by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). Investigators found that company owners had the plan buy company stock at highly overvalued rates.
A U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) investigation has revealed that Sunkist Growers and its fiduciaries improperly used retirement plan funds to pay salaries and benefits for several employees and managers.
Employees who complain about discrimination or other problems by going to HR shouldn’t be punished for doing so. That includes the mere threat of punishment, whether or not that punishment is carried out.
Want to arbitrate employment disputes rather than drag them out in state or federal court? Then make sure the arbitration agreement you use is fair to both sides and doesn’t include any obviously one-sided clauses favoring the employer.
Ignorance of the law—and labor regulations—is no excuse. If your supervisors don’t understand that they need to give employees regular breaks and an uninterrupted meal period, they’re likely to trigger a class-action lawsuit.
While having a union in the workplace may not be ideal, having a union contract in place clarifies many of the work rules your employees must follow, as well as how your disciplinary process must work.
When an employee who would otherwise qualify for unemployment benefits can’t work because she’s too ill, she loses her eligibility.
State Labor officials have fined two Ukiah restaurants more than $1.8 million for wage-and-hour violations involving 47 workers over a three-year period. The complaint alleged the workers were not paid minimum wage or proper overtime.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has approved a settlement payment of nearly $1.5 million to LAPD Officer Earl Wright, signaling the end of the city’s long legal fight with the veteran cop, who sued for racial harassment.