Do California Employers Have to Pay Employees for Time Spent During Exit Searches?

Under California law, employers are generally required to pay employees for all time spent working, including time spent participating in exit searches. An "exit search" is a search that is conducted as employees leave the workplace to ensure that they are not taking company property or otherwise violating company policies. California's labor code section 510 [...]

Can My Employer Require That I Stay on the Work Premises During My Rest Period?

No, under California law, employers are required to provide their employees with rest breaks, during which the employees must be relieved of all duties and free to leave the company premises if they so choose. This means that employers cannot require employees to remain on company premises during rest breaks.  Additionally, employers must provide employees [...]

What are the requirements for paying a meal and rest premium to California employees?

An employment lawyer clarifies California state law regarding meal and rest premiums.  Under California law, employers are required to pay a meal and rest premium to employees if certain conditions are met.  For meal breaks, if an employee works more than 5 hours in a day, the employer must provide a 30-minute, duty-free meal break. […]

California Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Meal Breaks: Donohue v. AMN

Supreme Court case Donohue v. AMN Services, LLC (2019) 7 Cal.5th 699 provided guidance on meal breaks under California law. In this case, the court clarified that employers have a “continuing obligation” to ensure that their employees are provided with the statutorily required meal breaks, and that this obligation does not end as soon as […]

What You Need to Know About California Rules for Personal Phone Use at Work

In today’s digital age, it’s common for employees to use their personal phones for work-related activities. However, there are rules and guidelines in place to ensure that employees are compensated for this use and that their privacy is protected. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the rules around personal phone use at work in California. […]

What to Know About Your Vacation Pay When You Leave Your Job in California

As an employee in California, it’s important to understand your rights when it comes to vacation pay upon separation of employment. In this blog post, we’ll explain what your employer’s obligations are regarding earned vacation pay, so you can ensure you receive what you’re entitled to. Employers Must Pay Out Accrued Vacation Time Upon Separation […]

Understanding Non-Discretionary Bonuses and Overtime Pay in California

As an employee in California, it’s important to understand the rules surrounding non-discretionary bonuses and overtime pay. These rules can impact how much money you earn and how your employer calculates your pay. In this blog post, we’ll explain what non-discretionary bonuses are, give some examples, and discuss how they affect overtime pay. What are […]

Disability Discrimination By Association

As an employee or job applicant in California, you have the right to be free from discrimination in the workplace. This includes protection against discrimination based on your association with an individual who has a disability. Associational disability discrimination is a form of discrimination that occurs when an employer makes employment decisions based on assumptions [...]

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