Many people in Los Angeles assume that any time they sustain workplace injuries they are entitled to receive workers’ compensation. While that is the basic premises of the law, there are many rules, stipulations and circumstances that can affect a person’s right to obtain benefits, states the Manufacturing Technology Mutual Insurance Company.
Between Uber, Lyft, Postmates and countless other apps, more workers are turning to the on-demand or "gig economy" for temporary or even semi-permanent employment. But, as workers and consumers embrace these technologies, new questions arise in regards to worker safety.
California residents have plenty of financial burdens to worry about. Between bills, daily expenses, any debts, car maintenance and so on, it can be difficult for a person to remember that they need to plan ahead both for the future, and for any potential unexpected financial surprises, good or bad.
California workers deserve to work in an environment that does not risk their health. However, health wasn’t always prioritized in the working environments of the past. This is why the Fair Labor Standards Act came into existence.
Following the U.S. v. Windsor decision, same-sex marriages were legalized and recognized across the United States. The Windsor decision required all federal agencies to grant the same benefits to same-sex couples as those that are enjoyed by heterosexual couples. For instance, same-sex couples can now file joint tax returns, obtain VA benefits, and spouses may participate in their spouse's ERISA-covered retirement plan.
The Union Persuader rule required employers to disclose to employees any work they do regarding union organization efforts. The practical effect was to require law firms to disclose their efforts on behalf of their clients, the companies opposing union organization. A federal judge in Texas issued a permanent injunction which essentially nullifies the rule.
On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64 which legalized recreational marijuana consumption in the state. But the legalization of marijuana does not mean that you can begin smoking at work. Marijuana will be subject to restrictions, similar to the ones imposed on alcohol. This post will go over your rights under Proposition 64 and how it affects your job.
Going after public unions is a popular line of attack when governments are strapped for cash or in risk of filing for bankruptcy. But for the first time in a while, the efficacy of public unions was challenged by one of its members. The case, whether or not dues are compulsory, wound its way up to the Supreme Court
Unfortunately, many families are living paycheck to paycheck. This means that once an injury or illness strikes, these families are left without a safety net or paycheck. The Department of Labor estimates that more than one-third of private sector workers do not have access to paid sick leave.
You may not have read your employment contract but you should. Employment contracts contain a multitude of terms. In fact, you may not even realize that you signed an employment contract. Employee handbooks are a type of contract that is just as binding as any other contract. This post will go over some of the more common clauses and how they may affect you.