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Criminal records shouldn't lead to mistreatment at work

Having a criminal record in this nation has been a tarnish that could affect someone's employment, housing and educational opportunities for a lifetime.

However, as unemployment has reached an all-time low in recent years, California has taken initiatives to help those with a criminal past get back to work. 

Family, medical and parental leave for employees in California

Employees in California are afforded certain rights regarding leave from work. If you become ill or injured, or if a family member becomes ill or injured, or if you're bringing a child into your family, you may be eligible for job-secure leave under California employment law.

While that may sound simple enough, family, medical and parental leaves are often the subject of employment litigation. That's why it's important to know your rights.

Most people don't know it, but these 3 types of employment can be risky

Not every workplace is reasonably safe. In some cases, the nature of a person's everyday work might put them in extremely vulnerable situations.

Here are three jobs that tend to carry a significantly higher risk of sexual harassment or assault.

Can a whistleblower remain anonymous?

Not all organizations are as upfront and honest about their business practices as they should be. When an employer's deceitful or unjust behaviors go so far as to break the law, employees may carry a heavy conscience.

If you're considering reporting misconduct in your workplace, here are a few things you should know.

Ban on contracts that quiet workplace discrimination & harassment claims

Recently, California passed a series of employment laws, one of which makes a number of stipulations regarding unlawful employment practices under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Among other things, the new law keeps employers from striking up a deal to secure an employee's silence in exchange for a raise, bonus or as a condition of employment or continued employment.

Here are some things employees need to know about equal pay in California

The California Equal Pay Act has long prohibited employers from paying employees less than other employees of the opposite sex for equal work. However, many employees continue to experience wage disparity between genders and ethnicities.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch decided to lead by example for other male actors by only doing films for which he and his female co-stars are paid equally. Many directors and actors commended Cumberbatch for his stance, but the wage gap in Hollywood remains an ongoing problem.

The reality is that all industries struggle with wage gaps, and it is crucial for employees in California to understand the Equal Pay Act and how it protects them.

4 types of unpaid wage claims in California

You worked hard to earn your wages -- don't let your employer keep them from you. California has some of the strongest wage and hour laws in the world, and compared with federal wage laws, California law offers more protections for employees. But, as California's minimum wage has steadily climbed in recent years, more and more employers have failed to compensate their employees appropriately.

If your employer has violated your wage and hour rights, you may have grounds to take back what your employer owes you.

Temporary nurses' rights in California

Nurses dedicate their careers to caring for other people. Like the patients you serve, you too deserve appropriate care. You also deserve fair treatment and pay for your work. The state of California protects all nurses' rights, whether you are a full-time or a temporary employee.

In the News: Supreme Court allows for broad discovery in PAGA actions

Williams v. Superior Court is a significant decision for aggrieved employees pursuing wage and hour claims in representative PAGA actions. On July 13th, 2017 the California Supreme Court held that it does not present an undue burden on employers to produce contact information of all other employees who would be subject to unlawful company policies.

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