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January 2017 Archives

Federal court of appeals ruling supports employers

California workers as well as their employers may want to take note of a federal appellate court ruling issued on Jan. 18. It means that employees cannot necessarily use a disability or the Family and Medical Leave Act as excuses in regards to termination for misconduct and work performance. Therefore, in most of these situations, the employer's assessment of the facts will matter more than the employee's theory when it comes to the type of punishment the employee will receive for their misconduct or poor work performance.

7th Circuit awards employee in FMLA retaliation case

California residents may be interested in a recent 7th Circuit decision that involves the Family and Medical Leave Act as well as work-at-home arrangements between employers and employees. The January 9 decision was a victory for a worker who was fired from her job after leaving work to care for a family member.

Timekeeping software allows employers to edit time sheets

Many California employers use timekeeping software to track their employees' hours. While timekeeping software may simplify record keeping for employers, flaws in the software could lead to wage and hour law violations. A new study appearing in the Yale Journal of Law and Technology showed evidence that the misuse of timekeeping software could lead to illegal modifications on employees' timesheets.

3 common types of employee discrimination

Even though there are laws to protect California workers from discrimination, many employees still struggle with discrimination in the workplace. While discrimination based on race and age are well-known, there are many other types of scenarios that employees can face every day. This includes part-time discrimination, family responsibility discrimination and gender discrimination.

Handling unwanted sexual advances from important customers

While most Californians likely understand their company's policies regarding workplace sexual harassment, they might not know what to do when their harassers are clients that are important to their companies' bottom lines. Handling sexual harassment from a customer or a contractor may be delicate for harassed victims.

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