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January 2016 Archives

New federal law may extend protection to interns

Californians might not be aware that, while the state has laws protecting interns from sexual harassment at work, there has been no federal law that also protected interns. Congress is currently working to pass legislation that will extend the coverage of the laws to interns.

Sexual harassment still rampant in tech industry

According to a new study, women working in California's tech industry still experience high levels of discrimination and harassment. The study was spearheaded by a woman who testified at the gender discrimination trial of venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins in 2012. After detailing the harassment she experienced as a partner at the firm, other women working in Silicon Valley approached her with similar stories, so she was inspired to further investigate the issue.

Leave requirements for ADA and FMLA

California workers who are preparing to welcome a new child into the world or into their home may also be requesting an extended leave of absence from their employers under the Family and Medical Leave Act, which establishes guidelines that ensure that workers with qualified medical or family situations can take time away from work without worrying about negative repercussions. Similarly, the Americans with Disabilities Act provides reasonable accommodations that could include protected leave if the need arises. However, both employers and employees may have questions about the requirements of the law.

Companies criticized for classifying workers as contractors

California is home to some of the nation's most innovative and successful computer and Internet companies, and many of the most recent technology success stories have involved so-called on-demand businesses like the transportation company Uber. These businesses offer their customers value and convenience by allowing them to book a cab or have groceries delivered at a moment's notice, but their hiring practices have been widely criticized.

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