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The HR Specialist: California Employment Law

A group of taxi drivers lost their bid to be reclassified as employees. They remain independent contractors.

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Are you negotiating an employment contract with an applicant for a high-level position? If the applicant actively participates in that negotiation and makes counter-offers to the terms you propose, chances are a court won’t later throw out the agreement even if it includes an arbitration clause.

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The risk: Even if a complaint gets tossed out, employees could have a valid retaliation claim.

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If the manager has moved on, all is not lost. You can still argue that the worker was hired knowing his status and that it makes no sense to then have fired him for that characteristic.

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Generally, you must pay employees for the time they spend in training. But that’s not always the case for initial orientation programs.

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It’s up to the employer to establish exempt status and to provide the proof that the worker did perform exempt tasks at least half the time.

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New regulations designed to reduce workplace violence in California health care facilities took effect April 1.

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In late March, President Trump signed into law a bill that will allow states to drug test recipients of unemployment benefits under certain circumstances.

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Magnolia Health Corp. in Visalia, California, has agreed to settle charges that its policies violated the ADA.

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A California Senate bill (S.B. 63) would expand the California Family Rights Act to businesses with as few as 20 employees.

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