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2019: Changes To California Workplace Laws

At the start of each year, new workplace laws go into effect in California. Here’s a highlight of some of the legal changes that benefit workers in California starting in January of this year. Higher Minimum Wage This year, the California minimum wage increases to $12 per hour for companies with 26 or more employees

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Work Injury Recovery: Workers’ Compensation or Personal Injury?

If you’ve sustained a work injury, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and suffering. This compensation may be available through the workers’ compensation system, a personal injury lawsuit, or both.  It depends on how the accident happened, and who was at fault for the accident. Workers’ Compensation The workers’

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Public Employees No Longer Required To Pay Union Fees

On June 27, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that labor unions can no longer require public employees to pay dues if they are not a member of a union. Job positions that this ruling may apply to can include publicly-employed teachers, nurses, police, firefighters, caregivers, and state supervisors, among others. A union is a group

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Are You Getting Paid For Every Minute You Work?

On July 26, 2018, the California Supreme Court came to a unanimous decision about employees being paid for minor tasks that are performed off the clock. It is California law that employers cannot require their workers to work off the clock without compensation no matter how small the task, but this law recently came into

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Employee v. Independent Contractor: What’s the Difference?

It may not seem like there is a huge difference between an independent contractor and a regular employee, but the biggest factors that separate the two is whether or not you get paid for overtime, receive rest breaks, and receive meal breaks. Employees are covered by governmental regulations on things like pay and rest breaks,

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Breakdown of California’s Parental Leave Law

Although it doesn’t seem like a lot has changed in the New Year, it’s important to know that 2018 brought a number of new and reformed laws into the workplace.  One law that has changed is parental leave for new parents. Working parents can now take 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to spend time

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Honoring Trailblazing Women at PARRIS: Carrol Parris

Honoring Trailblazing Women at PARRIS: Overview Women’s History Month was created to honor the unsung heroes of our everyday lives and to recognize the achievements of women now and throughout history. Why does it matter to PARRIS? Well, if we add up all of our attorneys and team members, PARRIS is over 50% female! In

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