Common questions about age discrimination at work

If you are an employee and over the age of 40 in the state of California, you may be starting to feel that your age is becoming a barrier to gaining or retaining work. If you are worried that you are being discriminated against because of your age, it is important that you understand the law so that you can take action when necessary. Employees over the age of 40 often have questions about what counts as age discrimination in the workplace. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions. What laws are in place to protect me from age discrimination? There is a federal law in place called the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The act is in place to protect employees or job applicants from age discrimination when they are 40 or older. The act is valid for situations involving the federal and local government, [...]

2020-02-10T05:33:27+00:00December 27th, 2018|

Three workplace safety concerns around the holidays

With the holiday season bearing down, many workers are putting in long hours to try keep up with the consumer demand for gifts. Then after the holidays are over, there are all the returns and after holiday sales. It is a busy time of year, even if you do not work in retail. You may be covering for coworkers who are out on vacation. You may also have been tasked with taking down the holiday decorations or planning a holiday party. With all these extra responsibilities, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and get careless. Here are three safety concerns to watch out for at your workplace around the holiday season. Feeling fatigued If you are putting in overtime, you will be more tired at the end of the day. Even if you are working a normal shift, you may also be tasked with extra responsibilities. This is especially true [...]

2020-02-11T12:45:46+00:00December 24th, 2018|

Understanding temporary disability and workers’ compensation

In almost all workplace injury cases, the worker in question becomes temporarily disabled in some way. Essentially, this means that the worker is physically unable to carry out their job because of the injury. This temporary disability could last a matter of days, weeks or months. The important thing to note is that during the time in which the worker is temporarily disabled, they are losing an income as a result. If you are a temporarily disabled worker who became injured in the workplace, it is important that you understand the type of compensation that you may be entitled to. Workers' compensation policies can be quite complex regarding this matter, and this is why it is a good idea to have an experienced attorney explain what you may be entitled to. If I am a temporarily disabled worker, what salary compensation will I receive when I am unable to work? [...]

2020-02-12T07:53:49+00:00December 20th, 2018|

Can my employer legally cut my salary?

When we have a steady job, we depend on the money made from that job in order to pay our rent and fund our lifestyle. Therefore, when our pay is cut in one way or another, it can be very difficult to deal with. A worker in the state of California might be subject to wage cuts through a reduction in hourly pay or salary pay. Alternatively, they may be subject to a reduction in wages because they are receiving a reduction in working hours. Many employees who have been subject to pay cuts in the state of California wonder if their employers acted legally or not. If you are suffering from a reduction in wages, it is important that you do not simply accept the change. You should research your legal rights so that you can take action if your employer is not acting within the law. You have the [...]

2020-02-10T01:32:00+00:00December 12th, 2018|

Driver’s responsibility after an incident with a child cyclist

In general, cyclists are much more vulnerable on the road than drivers of vehicles. This is because they can often be more difficult to see, especially at night. Additionally, they have minimal external protections when a collision does occur. Therefore, they can suffer from very serious injuries even when the driver is maintaining a slow speed. If a child cyclist is involved in an accident, the potential for serious injuries is even greater. When a driver sees a child cyclist, they owe an even greater duty of care. They should be aware that the child may take an unexpected action and that they have a greater potential to suffer injuries. If your child was injured when they were on their bike, it is important that you take the appropriate action to hold the driver responsible. You should be able to seek damages in order to pay for the medical care [...]

2020-02-10T06:17:29+00:00December 7th, 2018|

Dealing with injuries as a construction worker

If you work in the construction industry, you will be aware of the potential dangers of your profession. There are many regulations in place when it comes to the safety of construction sites. However, accidents still occasionally occur. If you have been injured on a construction site as a worker in the state of California, you may be curious about the rights you have to compensation. It is possible that you have suffered financially as well as physically as a result of your accident. Therefore, it is important that you exercise your legal rights to financial support. What rights do I have to compensation as an injured construction worker? In the state of California, the vast majority of employers are required by law to carry workers' compensation insurance. This means that whenever an employee is injured and suffers financially as a result, they will be entitled to compensation regardless of the [...]

2020-02-10T05:53:26+00:00December 3rd, 2018|

Blue Apron employees claim employer is guilty of labor violations

Blue Apron, the highly popular meal-kit service, is under fire by its own employees. The California-based company is now the subject of a class-action suit over a variety of labor law violations. According to the allegations, Blue Apron employees were subjected to unfair labor practices all the time, including being forced to work overtime without compensation and were obliged to clock out for their meal break -- a practice known as "time shaving" which deprived them of a half hour of pay. The case has class action status, which means that all employees affected by Blue Apron's actions between 2014 and 2018 are included in the suit. If they are successful, Blue Apron stands to pay out around five million dollars. This is not the first time that Blue Apron has been under legal fire. In the past, state officials fined its plant in Richmond for health and safety violations. The Berkeley [...]

2020-02-10T01:11:40+00:00December 1st, 2018|