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The HR Specialist: California Employment Law

California Superior Court Judge William A. MacLaughlin recently ordered a hospital to pay its employees nearly $32.9 million in restitution …

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Three nurses have filed a complaint in California Superior Court in San Francisco claiming their employer violated wage-and-hour laws and owes them compensation for missed breaks …

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On Jan. 29, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement that he is determined to change California’s health care system despite the defeat of A.B.X. 11, the omnibus health care reform legislation that recently stalled in Sacramento …

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Nothing will get an organization in hot water faster than ignoring legal paperwork. Missed deadlines may mean a default judgment, with the tardy employer missing any chance to defend itself in court. That’s why it’s absolutely crucial to have a clear process for handling any incoming legal documents …

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What’s being underpaid $44.63 worth? It netted one lucky California employee more than $10,000 …

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In a decision some hope will lead to fewer local laws controlling how employers manage their work forces, a California Superior Court judge has struck down a Los Angeles ordinance that made it illegal for large supermarket chains taking over local grocery stores to fire existing employees …

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Some jobs require a set of objective or “hard” skills, plus subjective or “soft” skills. As long as an employer can clearly articulate what soft skills an applicant or employee lacks, it can use the subjective reasons when making selection or retention decisions …

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Minor annoyances, favoritism or other unfair treatment in the workplace aren’t enough to sustain a discrimination lawsuit. As the following case shows, employees have to be able to tolerate some uncomfortable moments without resorting to the legal system for relief …

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The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency has issued numerous citations and fines totaling more than $500,000 for labor and safety violations at nine Alameda County companies …

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Employers in a union environment may think that all employees have to follow the collective bargaining agreement to resolve discrimination claims. But if that process is tainted or woefully inadequate, employees can sue under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act instead …

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