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Will my unemployment be canceled if I refuse a job offer?

Unemployment insurance is designed to prevent you from losing your home because of an employment hiccup. However, it is not intended to replace gainful employment. So to balance these two goals, unemployment insurance pays out regularly for a certain number of months assuming you are looking for a new job. Does this mean that you must take any job that comes your way, or can you be selective and wait for one that fits your qualifications? Well, the answer is typically contingent upon your circumstances.

Are you a part-time or seasonal worker, or both?

Recruiters and supervisors often use the term "seasonal" and "part-time" interchangeably. Generally, this is no more than a casual slip of the tongue. However, if you are confused, then it leaves your rights vulnerable. Whether your supervisor is conflating the terms or actually trying to infringe on your rights, it does not matter. This post will explore the differences between seasonal and part-time work. So, hopefully, you can go to work armed with sufficient knowledge to safeguard your rights. 

Woman loses job after making a sexual harassment complaint

Anti-discrimination, pay equity, disability rights, and many more laws have been passed with the goal of ensuring that the workplace is an accessible and safe environment for everyone who wants to work, regardless of their circumstances. In keeping with this new tradition, most people can easily identify blatant acts of sexual harassment. Unfortunately, instances of sexual harassment still occur. And worse, sometimes there is an attempt on behalf of the employer to make the victim pay the price for simply trying to maintain his or her rights.

Possible changes to the law are coming soon in California

Many people are familiar with the protests across the country about raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. It caught national attention a few months ago but fell into the background of the news cycle as other stories took front page. However, California lawmakers did not forget those protests and it looks that the 2016 legislative session may involve some raises to the California minimum wage.

Discrimination can occur during the hiring process

Protections against workplace discrimination don't start after you are hired. Rather, these protections, guaranteed under Title VII legislation, begin the moment you seek employment. It regulates both the assessment of resumes, interview process, and job placement and even before all of that, when the advertisement for the job is placed. Every step of employment from soliciting prospective employees to hiring to the workplace itself bans discrimination.

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