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Protecting Employee Whistleblowers in these COVID-19 Times

Posted by Joe Sayas | Apr 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last week, CNN reported that ten nurses from Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California were placed on administrative leave for demanding N95 masks while treating Covid-19 patients. The nurses were suspended with pay for refusing to enter Covid-19 patient rooms without N95 ...

Recovering Insurance Payments for Coronavirus Losses

Posted by Joe Sayas | Apr 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

These are challenging times for California small businesses. Restaurants, retail stores, and other services sustained (and continue to sustain) coronavirus-related losses. Their damages resulted from severe business interruption, event cancellation, loss of supply chains, and loss of customers am...

Employees’ Rights and the Coronavirus, Part 3

Posted by Joe Sayas | Mar 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q:        I read about severe cases of COVID-19 infections requiring several weeks of recovery. Can the employer fire me while being on leave due to this illness? Do I have remedies? A:        The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) protects employees' rights to take a leave of absence due to th...

Employees’ Rights and the Coronavirus, Part 2

Posted by Joe Sayas | Mar 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q:        I work for a company that provides 40 hours of paid sick leave. This is about 5 days of work. If I ever need to take leave due to COVID-19, 5 days may not be enough. What are my options?  A:        As of this writing, the recorded cases of COVID-19 is approaching 11,000 in the United ...

Should Employees Be Paid Even if Not Working?

Posted by Joe Sayas | Mar 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Over a decade ago, four truck drivers sued Wal-Mart claiming Wal-Mart violated California's meal and rest break laws. As part of their job, truckers would travel a wide range of routes, to different locations, hauling different freight.           Wal-Mart paid truckers through an “activity-based...

Employees’ Rights and the Coronavirus, Part 1

Posted by Joe Sayas | Mar 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

 Q:        I am a working parent with a school-age child, who has been sent home due to fears of infection from the coronavirus. My work entails interacting with people throughout the day. I want to take precautions, practice social distancing, and self-quarantine if necessary. However, I am worr...

Is this “Church” Engaging in Human Labor Trafficking?

Posted by Joe Sayas | Feb 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

On January 29, 2020, the FBI conducted a raid of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Name Above Every Name church in Van Nuys, California. During the raid, the federal authorities arrested three top administrators for the church. The FBI alleged that the church was engaging in immigration fraud and ...

Should I Tell My Employer About My Medical Diagnosis?

Posted by Joe Sayas | Feb 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

            Q:        I was diagnosed with a spine compression fracture and severe depression. I want to request leave but want to keep my privacy at work. Do I need to tell my employer about my medical or psychological condition?             A:        No. The employee is not required to disclos...

New 2020 Minimum Wage Increase for California Workers

Posted by Joe Sayas | Jan 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

What is the new minimum wage?       Effective January 1, 2020, the minimum wage in California will be $12.00 per hour for employers with 25 employees or less. For employers with 26 employees or more, the minimum wage is now $13.00 per hour. Most employees in California are entitled to be paid a...

When Your Boss Lies About the Reason for Firing You  

Posted by Joe Sayas | Jan 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q:        I was diagnosed with early stage cancer a few weeks ago. I can still do my job but I will need about 5 hours off from work every week for 3 months for medical treatments. I asked my manager for intermittent leave. When he refused, I emailed him information from the Labor Commissioner's ...

Extending Paid Sick Leave to Part-Time Employees

Posted by Joe Sayas | Jan 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

            Q:        I am a part-time hourly employee working in retail. I work between 20 to 30 hours a week. I recently got sick and had to be out for three days. I was told that I was not entitled to paid sick leave because I was a part-time employee. Is this right?               A:        N...

Employees’ Right to Sit Down at Work is No Joke

Posted by Joe Sayas | Dec 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Eden Smiles worked for Walgreens, the pharmacy giant, as a cashier. She filed a class action case on behalf of current and former non-exempt, hourly-paid cashiers, photo specialists, beauty advisors, and other employees assigned cash register duties who worked for Walgreens. Smiles also filed the...

Protecting Employees Against Discrimination and Retaliation

Posted by Joe Sayas | Dec 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

Aurora Isabel is a Filipina who worked for the Pasadena Water and Power. Isabel complained that her manager discriminated against her for her accent. She was demoted to a field position and was told to stop complaining or she would be demoted again. Her manager told her that she had to learn to s...

Protecting New Mothers at Work

Posted by Joe Sayas | Nov 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q:        I work for a 100-employee company in Los Angeles. I recently returned to work after maternity leave. Since I decided to breastfeed my newborn, I needed to periodically pump breast milk at work. When I asked my supervisor if there is a room in the building where I could do this, I was to...

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