San Francisco nurses sue city health department for unpaid overtime

The COVID-19 pandemic has put tremendous pressure on frontline health care workers. Many are working long, demanding hours and struggling to care for patients amid the ongoing crisis.   Three nurses recently…

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Former Employees May Use Client Lists to Solicit Customers Unless the List Is a Trade Secret

In the latest installment of California’s fair competition law, an appellate court provided additional guidance about the scope and extent that employees can solicit clients of their former employer. In the case…

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California’s Supreme Court Holds that Employees Have No Expectation of Privacy where Employer Secretly Videotaped Their Workplace

In an August 2009 decision, California’s Supreme Court held that an employer may secretly videotape its employee’s workspace without notifying the employees in advance and that this conduct does not invade the…

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California Employers Must Reimburse Expenses and Indemnify Employees for Work-Related Losses

California Labor Code § 2802 requires an employer to indemnify an employee for all losses and reasonable expenses incurred in the discharge of the employee’s duties. Traditionally, this means such items as…

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Wages Must Be Paid in Money and What if the Employee Disputes the Amount Owed?

Some employers attempt to avoid their responsibility to timely pay employee wages by attempting to make payments in some form other than in cash or cash equivalent, for example with vouchers, in…

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When Must an Employer Pay an Employee His Final Wages? What Are the Consequences if an Employer Is Late?

In California, for employees who are terminated, all earned and unpaid wages must be paid immediately and on the day of the termination. For employees who quit, all earned and unpaid wages…

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Deductions from An Employee’s Pay Check – General Prohibition against Employer “Self Help”

In California, employers generally have no right to withhold or deduct any part of the employee’s wages except in specific, limited situations, including: If a law permits or requires deductions (e.g. income…

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