employment law Archives

Is the gender pay gap narrowing?

It should not come as a surprise that a wage discrepancy exists between men and women. Research shows that women earn an average of 15 cents less per dollar than men in the same job. In recent years, however, there have been enormous efforts to bring attention to and eliminate this unfair gap. Are these efforts working? The short answer is yes.

Terminating an employee? Consider these things first.

Terminating an employee is not nearly as the media makes it seem. While nearly all California employees are “at-will” - meaning they may be terminated at any time for any legal reason - there are several factors employers should consider before terminating an employee to avoid claims of wrongful termination. Here are a few such items:

What to know about forced arbitration and AB-51

Several companies recently have been under fire for including mandatory arbitration clauses in their employment contracts. Many employees contend that these provisions infringe on their rights by preventing them from suing their employers. On the contrary, however, the arbitration clauses help both employers and employees resolve disputes in-house rather than taking matters to court.

Four Holiday-related Issues to Tackle with your Employees

Holidays - particularly the year-end Holidays, are supposed to be a time for relaxing and disconnecting. However, in the business world, that doesn't always happen. Between the end-of-year demands and the stress of trying to accommodate employee holiday needs and wishes, it can be a lot for employers to manage.

Tips for preventing disputes when your employee is family

Many employers in small- or medium-sized companies hire family members to work for them. Employers might do this as a favor or because they want to hire someone they can trust. Whatever the reason, employers would be wise to protect themselves and the company in the event of a dispute. There are a few ways to do this: 

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