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Can I legally take breaks at work?

They say that if you find a job you love, you never work a day in your life. Many of us spend years searching for that dream job, but unfortunately, not everybody is lucky enough to find it. Other times, we have the opportunity to take our dream job, but it is not financially feasible depending on our circumstances. For those of us who do not work jobs that we love, time can seem to drag on, and we may begin to wonder just how much we work.

What are California's whistleblower laws?

To many people, whistleblowing has a negative connotation, bringing with it the same implication as being called a "tattletale" on the grade-school playground. While whistleblowing is often seen as a traitorous act in which a person is betraying his or her employer, it can also be seen as the highest form of honor and integrity: risking one's own employment and lifestyle to expose illegal wrongdoing. Should a person honor their integrity and turn in information?

We can help you take advantage of your legal rights

Sometimes being an employee can be difficult and unrewarding. Jobs are a necessity to maintain a livelihood, and yet many employees feel trapped, with little control over their destinies. The boss can do whatever he or she wants, and there is nothing the employee can do about it. In at-will employment states like California, this even means that your employer could fire you without any reason or notice.

New year brings new equal pay law for California

There are many reasons people love living in California, not the least of which is the exceptional working conditions brought about by our state's powerful employee rights laws. The ADA certainly provides workers all across the country with rights and protections, but California's FEHA serves as proof that our state goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to taking care of workers and treating them fairly. Thanks to recent legislation, employee paychecks will be more equitable in 2016.

What are California's whistleblower laws?

Whistleblower laws are extremely common in order to protect employees who report illegal activities in which their employers are engaging. If you inform the authorities of shady or illegal operations in which you discover your employer involved, your employer may try to fire you in order to get back at you. You should not have to fear termination or any kind of mistreatment for doing the right thing, and that is why California takes extra care of such employees.

Harassed or discriminated against at work? We've got your back.

California, and the San Francisco Bay area, in particular, takes great pride in treating employees well, which has led to our national recognition for high employee satisfaction. Thanks to a combination of federal laws and state laws, there is a fairly simple approach to employment in California: if you want to work, and you are able to work, then you should be allowed to do so. And you should be allowed to do so free from mistreatment.

Uber lawsuit achieves class action status

The transportation company Uber has been in the news a fair amount recently, as the drivers that make up Uber's workforce have been taking action to be classified as employees instead of their current classification as independent contractors. Such a change in classification would have many positive effects for Uber drivers, such as entitling them to benefits like workers' compensation and various other employee rights. Of course this increase in benefits would also cost a great deal of money for Uber, which is likely part of the reason that Uber is fighting not to have drivers classified as employees.

What are California's whistleblower laws?

Whistleblowing refers to the act of informing others, particularly law enforcement officials, about illegal or shady business dealings that your employer is engaging in. Obviously if an employee discovers that their illegal actions have been reported to the authorities by an employee, they may seek to punish that employee either by firing them or harassing them at work. Fortunately for honest employees seeking to do the right thing, they do not need to worry that they will have to suffer such a fate.

President Obama seeks to help salaried workers with overtime

California employees have many rights that they can take advantage of in order to be treated fairly and respectfully in the workplace. Some of these employee rights come from California law, and some of them come from Federal law. This is usually good news for workers, because there are often two bodies of government setting regulations in place for the benefit of the employees. New proposals by the Obama administration might allow salaried workers even more rights under federal law.

Your rights regarding whistleblowing

Some employers feel that they can do whatever they want in an at-will state like California since the threat of termination is always present. But just because employers can fire their workers at any time, they cannot fire their workers for an illegal reason. One such illegal reason that many employees may be concerned about is whistleblowing. Federal and state laws offer protection to employees for being fired in retaliation for whistleblowing.