Did Your Employer Misuse Your Credit Report?

By | 2015-01-06T13:26:37+00:00 June 25th, 2014|Consumer, Wage & Hour|

A federal consumer protection statute, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), 15 U.S.C. §§1681, et seq., protects employees against employer misuse of an employee’s credit report.  Do not be fooled by FCRA’s title – the statute reaches far beyond the realm of credit reporting and governs, among other things, how credit reports are used in [...]

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Employees’ Rights Further Stripped by The Courts

By | 2015-01-06T13:27:58+00:00 June 24th, 2014|Wage & Hour|

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, you may not have the right to redress from the company that wronged you. In the wake of the United Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Concepcion, on Monday, in a 6-1 decision, the California Supreme Court, was forced to abrogate its prior well-reasoned decision in Gentry v. Superior Court, [...]

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President Obama to Sign Executive Order Barring LGBT Discrimination

By | 2015-01-06T13:28:08+00:00 June 17th, 2014|Discrimination, Employment Law, Uncategorized|

President Barack Obama will issue an executive order barring government contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity, according news reports issued on Monday, June 16, 2014. The order would build upon existing protections, which generally prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, [...]

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California’s Minimum Wage Increase on July 1, 2014 May Influence Employees’ Status as Exempt from Overtime Pay

By | 2015-01-06T13:28:11+00:00 June 12th, 2014|Wage & Hour|

Come July 1, 2014, California’s minimum wage will increase from $8 per hour to $9 per hour for all workers (the minimum wage will increase again to $10 per hour on July 1, 2016). In order to qualify as an employee exempt from overtime pay requirements, the employee must be paid an equivalent of two [...]

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Calculating Overtime Compensation In California

By | 2015-01-06T13:28:14+00:00 June 11th, 2014|Wage & Hour|

If you are a non-exempt employee working in California, you may be entitled to overtime compensation.  In order to determine whether you are being paid the proper amount of overtime compensation, use a step-by-step approach: First: Identify those hours that must be paid on an overtime basis.  In California, any work in excess of eight (8) hours [...]

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Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck LLP Announces Investigation of Pacific Coast Oil Trust (NYSE: ROYT)

By | 2015-01-06T13:28:20+00:00 June 10th, 2014|Securities Class Actions/ Shareholder Derivative Actions|

Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, a shareholder and consumer rights litigation firm has commenced an investigation into Pacific Coast Oil Trust (“ROYT” or the “Company”) for securities law violations in connection with the Company’s May 8, 2012 initial public offering (“IPO”) and Secondary Offering. ROYT acquires and holds net profits and royalty interests in oil and [...]

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Employees Have the Right to Receive a Copy of Their Personnel File and Records

By | 2015-01-06T13:28:25+00:00 June 9th, 2014|Employment Law, Uncategorized, Wage & Hour|

Effective January 1, 2013, California law provides that current and former employees (or a representative) have the right to inspect and receive a copy of the personnel files and records that relate to the employee’s performance or to any grievance concerning the employee. Labor Code Section 1198.5.  Inspections must be allowed at reasonable times and [...]

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Employers May Not Prevent Employees from Participating in Politics

By | 2015-01-06T13:28:33+00:00 June 4th, 2014|Uncategorized|

With the 2014 primary election in the air, it seems appropriate to highlight the law in California regarding employees’ rights with respect to political activity.  Under California law it is unlawful to fire an employee because she or he has donated money to or otherwise supported a political campaign. This rule is set forth in [...]

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