New California Employment Laws for 2016

By | 2017-05-24T20:18:45+00:00 January 4th, 2016|Wage & Hour, Whistleblower|

Along with New Year resolutions, 2016 brings us a host of new laws affecting the employment arena. Here is a short summary of a few of these new laws: Minimum Wage Increase:  Effective January 1, 2016, the minimum wage in California is increasing to $10 per hour. Employment Discrimination: Effective January 1, 2016, AB 987 [...]

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SEC Sends Message to Employers: Confidentiality Agreements That Silence Potential Whistleblowers are Prohibited

By | 2015-04-03T14:25:47+00:00 April 3rd, 2015|Securities Class Actions/ Shareholder Derivative Actions, Whistleblower|

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) relies heavily on whistleblowers to report potential securities law violations. Insider knowledge of the circumstances and individuals involved allows the SEC to identify fraud and other potential violations much earlier than might otherwise be possible. So, when Houston-based global technology and engineering firm KBR Inc. (“KBR”) attempted to silence [...]

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Employees: If you were fired because your employer mistakenly believed that you were engaged in whistleblowing, you may have a claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy

By | 2015-06-29T08:43:12+00:00 December 19th, 2014|Employment Law, Retaliation, Whistleblower|

By Helaina L. Chinn, Esq. California law prohibits retaliation by an employer against an employee for whistleblowing. In creating this law, the Legislature found that it serves an important public policy to encourage employees to alert the appropriate authorities when the employee reasonably thinks his or her employer is breaking the law. In a recent [...]

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New California Employment Laws for 2014

By | 2015-01-06T13:51:58+00:00 January 6th, 2014|Discrimination, Employment Law, FEHA, FMLA Leave, Maternity/Pregnancy Leave, Religious Discrimination, Retaliation, Wage & Hour, Whistleblower|

A host of new employment laws take effect in 2014, many of which went into effect on January 1, 2014. Below is a summary of a few of the new laws affecting the employment arena in 2014. Sexual Harassment Definition SB 292 amends the definition of harassment to clarify that sexually harassing conduct does not [...]

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California Supreme Court Depublishes Court of Appeal Decision Requiring Employees To Exhaust Administrative Remedies Before Filing Certain Labor Code Claims

By | 2015-01-06T13:51:16+00:00 December 18th, 2013|Employment Law, Whistleblower|

Aaron MacDonald, a former employee for the State of California and the California State Assembly, complained to his supervisors that one of them was smoking illegally at the office.  Less than two weeks later, he was fired.  MacDonald filed suit for retaliatory discharge in violation of Labor Code §1102.5 and retaliatory and discriminatory discharge in [...]

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