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August 2016 Archives

UC Berkeley chancellor resigns after widespread criticism

UC Berkeley's chancellor resigned last week amid constant criticism from school faculty regarding his handling of several high-profile sexual harassment allegations and a mismanaged budget. Over the past year or so, UC Berkeley has contended with three sexual harassment allegations against three high-powered faculty members. Specifically, faculty members were angered by his allegedly weak responses to the allegations.

California requires employee training on sexual harassment

The workplace is one of the most frequent locations in which sexual harassment occurs. Other than your home, it is the place that you spend the majority of your time. You are entitled to feel safe at your job. Unfortunately, sexual harassment remains a contentious issue. To curb future sexual harassment, California requires all employers to train employees on sexual harassment, its causes, prevention and proper procedures should it occur.

An overview of meal violation claims

Many workers do not realize that their meal times are mandated and protected by law. If an employer violates your right to a break, then you might have an actionable wage and hours claim. In California, employers that violate these rights are subject to investigations by the Department of Industrial Relations. This post will review the general rights that most employees enjoy in California regarding their meal breaks. If you have more specific questions, you may want to consult with an attorney.

Tips to Protect Yourself from the Zika Virus

Zika is a mosquito-borne disease that spread to the United States from the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Mexico. According to the Department of Labor, there are four cases in Florida so far, but theoretically, Zika could spread to any area with mosquitoes. To help workers and employers protect themselves, the Occupational Safety Health Administration released several interim guides. This post will go over some of those safety tips.

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