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The HR Specialist: California Employment Law

California Superior Court jury in Fresno has awarded $5.85 million to a former Fresno State volleyball coach who filed a discrimination suit after she was fired in 2004. The award covered back wages, future lost pay and emotional distress …

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Remind supervisors, managers and HR staff: Don’t brush off or make light of sexual harassment complaints. Doing so can just add more fuel to the fire. When employees are ignored, they may begin to see every slight that comes their way—getting the cold shoulder at meetings or missing out on promotions—as retaliation for voicing their concerns about sexually hostile behavior. And that can make them much more likely to file lawsuits against your company …

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Q One of our employees is assigned to work 32 hours per week. His regular off-day is Monday. If a holiday falls on a Monday (such as Labor Day), is the employee entitled to pay for the day?

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California’s legislature is moving forward on two “play or pay” bills that would require employers that do not offer cafeteria health plans to their workers to pay into a state-run health plan purchasing pool …

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While they may make other employees uncomfortable and probably shouldn’t be encouraged, affairs between co-workers (or even between supervisors and subordinates) don’t always mean the rest of the work force is laboring in a hostile work environment …

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Under California law, employees are entitled to overtime payments unless the law exempts them from protection. But It’s up to employers to justify each exemption they claim …

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A California jury has awarded more than $300,000 to a former Sonoma State University softball coach who claimed that she was wrongfully fired ….

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A California jury has awarded more than $300,000 to a former Sonoma State University softball coach who claimed that she was wrongfully fired …

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