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April 2016 Archives

What happens if your workers' compensation claim is denied?

California provides robust labor protections. However, they are still subject to the biases of people. The first step in getting your claim approved is submitting it to the claims administrator. If the claims administrator denies your claim, then you have a few options.

Interns and volunteers protected by anti-discrimination laws

Historically, anti-discrimination and workplace harassment laws only protected wage employees. Interns and volunteers could be subjected to this behavior without any recourse. Not so in California. Last year California extended anti-discrimination and workplace harassment protections to unpaid interns, volunteers and apprenticeships. California is the third state to do so after New York and Oregon. This article will go over those protections and how it may apply to you or your children.

California passes bill to raise minimum hourly wage to $15

Governor Jerry Brown received a brokered bill to raise the minimum hourly wage in California to $15 by 2022. This bill was the result of weeks of negotiations between lawmakers and labor representatives. The bill was on an expedited voting schedule and was approved earlier last week. 

Employers sued for discriminating based on sexual orientation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (or "EEOC") filed two lawsuits in the beginning of March. These two lawsuits allege employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Specifically, that these two employers allowed a pattern of hostile actions and harassment to take place and then retaliated against those employees when they lodged complaints.

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