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Beginners in the Workplace

HERE GOES NOTHING How to Pass the Unpaid Intern Test In today’s tight labor market, employers may be tempted to offer unpaid internships to high school or college students. Before doing so, employers should carefully evaluate whether such interns legitimately qualify as unpaid. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the California Division of Labor […]

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Employers and Background Check Companies Must Distribute New Model “Summary of Rights” Form Employers are already tightly regulated on obtaining an applicant’s or employee’s credit information. Companies may only seek consumer credit reporting agency disclosure on credit-worthiness, credit standing or credit capacity in connection with ● specified job positions including managerial executives, ● jobs involving […]

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EEOC Settles Male Gender Discrimination Case For $1.1 Million The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced the $1.1 million resolution of its class action lawsuit against world-leading cosmetic company Estée Lauder. The government alleged Estée Lauder discriminated against a class of 210 new fathers under its paid parental leave policy. Although no federal […]

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Keeping Employee Tardiness and Absences to a Minimum It would seem unnecessary to have a written policy requiring workers to show up in order to keep their jobs and be paid. Yet employers often experience problems with no shows and tardiness, so it’s best to issue clear written directives mandating attendance, laying out work hours and […]

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Employers Must Pay for All Minutes Worked Before and After Shifts Employers who require workers to perform short tasks before or after clocking out for their shift will now need to rethink this practice, even if it takes only an extra minute or so per day to boot up or turn off a computer and […]

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Labor Enforcement Task Force Targeting “Underground Economy” The Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF), a coalition of California agencies directed by the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), has been targeting the “underground economy” for violation of employment laws since 2012.  Members include the Labor Commissioner’s Department (Division of Labor Standards Enforcement), Cal/OSHA, Employment Development Department, Department […]

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Employee Privacy on Social Media California law prohibits employer access to the personal social media accounts of its employees. “Social media” is defined as “an electronic service or account, or electronic content, including, but not limited to, videos, still photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant and text messages, email, online services or accounts, or Internet […]

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Dress for Success

HOW TO ADDRESS THE EMPLOYEE DRESS CODE A well-written dress code and personal appearances policy clearly instructs employees on what type of business attire the company finds appropriate. Depending on the nature of the business enterprise or industry, employers may require employees to wear formal business attire every day. Some implement a more casual dress […]

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