Monthly Archives: May 2012

No Attorneys’ Fees For Missed Meal and Rest Periods

In Kirby v. Immoos Fire Protection, Inc., the California Supreme Court determined that a party prevailing on a claim of failure to provide rest periods in violation of Labor Code § 226.7 is not entitled to attorney fees under the attorney … Continue reading

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When Must Employers Pay Overtime

Federal and state laws require most employers to pay overtime. The overtime premium is 50% of the employee’s usual hourly wage. This means an employee who works overtime must be paid “time and a half” — the employee’s usual hourly wage plus … Continue reading

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What is Sexual Harassment And How to Prevent Sexual Harassment in Work Place

As an employer, you have a responsibility to maintain a workplace that is free of sexual harassment. This is your legal obligation, but it also makes good business sense. If you allow sexual harassment to flourish in your workplace, you … Continue reading

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Partner May State FEHA Claim Against Partnership For Retaliation For Opposing Sexual Harassment Of An Employee Of The Partnership

A California Court of Appeal recently held that the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) supports a partner’s claim for retaliation against her partnership for opposing sexual harassment of an employee of the partnership.  (Fitzsimons v. California Emergency Physicians … Continue reading

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Employee Handbooks: 7 Tips to Getting Yours Done

Here’s a list of seven essential elements of any employee handbook – a great place to start as you get yours underway:  1. In Some Instances, Paint with a Broad Brush: “A common mistake in drafting employee handbooks is being … Continue reading

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Five Work Place Policy Revisions to Consider

For many employers, the employee handbook sits up on a shelf gathering dust. Some may not even think about company policies until there is a problem, and then it may be too late. Take sometime to review and revise your … Continue reading

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How to Write an Employee Handbook: A Sweeping Novel or a Short Story?

There are as many different types of employee handbooks as there are different types of employers. Some run 70 or 80 pages and have a rule for everything. And then there are the bare-bones handbooks that only contain a few … Continue reading

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How Do You Handle Employees in the Workplace?

An employer can take several steps to effectively prevent and handle unlawful activity in the workplace. The first step an employer should take is ensure that it has a well-defined, carefully monitored, disciplinary policies and procedures. For a policy to … Continue reading

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Is Your Employee Handbook Fully Protecting Your Business?

With the proliferation and increased enforcement of employment laws today, almost all employers need to have an employee handbook to protect their business in the event of a relevant legal issue. Unfortunately, many employee handbooks are missing key components necessary … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Writing an Effective Employee Handbook

An employee handbook is one of the most important communications tools available to your business. It establishes expectations for your staff, procedures for resolving conflicts, and policies regarding a range of improper and illegal behavior. Equally important, such workplace guides … Continue reading

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