SB 497: The New 90-Day Presumption For Employees in Retaliation Claims

By Eugene Lee |

Introduction California’s Senate Bill 497, known as the Equal Pay and Anti-Retaliation Protection Act, represents a major shift in the legal framework for employees in retaliation claims. Signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on 10/8/23, it goes into effect on 1/1/24, amending Labor Code Sections 98.6, 1102.5, and 1197.5 to simplify and strengthen the…

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Understanding California’s Overtime Exemptions (2024)

By Eugene Lee |

Introduction Navigating the complexities of employment law can be challenging, especially when it comes to understanding overtime exemptions. In California, certain workers are exempted from being paid overtime or getting meal or rest breaks. Understanding these exemptions is critical for employees to ensure they are being improperly misclassified. This blog post delves into the key…

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California Supreme Court Rules on PAGA Claims: Trial Courts Cannot Dismiss Due to Manageability

By Eugene Lee |

A recent ruling by the California Supreme Court has resolved a contentious issue in labor law: the authority of trial courts to dismiss claims under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) on manageability grounds. Background: Diverging Opinions Among Courts There was a split in the Courts of Appeal regarding whether trial courts could…

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Do I Need a Lawyer for the Labor Board?

By Eugene Lee |

Introduction Navigating a wage claim in California can be a complex and daunting process for workers. While the California labor board offers a streamlined venue for workers to file wage claims without the need of a lawyer, actually winning the claim and obtaining a recovery can be a different story. Many times, employers will choose…

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9 New California Laws Impacting Your Workplace in 2024: An Employee’s Perspective

By Eugene Lee |

Every year, a slew of important new labor laws take effect and 2024 is no different. For California employees, it’s crucial to stay informed of your new rights and protections. Here’s a breakdown of the 9 key laws that affect you in 2024 and beyond: Each of these laws brings with it a shift in…

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California Workers Get 5 Paid Sick Days Per Year Starting 2024

By Eugene Lee |

In 2023, California passed a law (Senate Bill 616) that grants employees 5 paid sick days each year. SB616 amends Labor Code Section 246, which had previously provided for only 3 paid sick days. The new law, effective 1/1/24, resulted from extended negotiations between various interest groups and represents a compromise from the original proposal…

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The 2024 California Law on Marijuana Testing of Employees and Job Applicants (AB 2188)

By Eugene Lee |

Laws about work are constantly changing in California. Laws regarding marijuana testing at work are no exception. California passed Assembly Bill 2188 (AB 2188) on 8/30/22, bringing some important changes regarding how employers can test employees or job applicants for marijuana use and how they treat positive test results. In this blog post, we’ll break…

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Labor Attorney Eugene Lee Wins $500k and $235k Appeals, Defeats $10 mil. Lawsuit

By Eugene Lee |

Congratulations to Eugene Lee, Esq. for winning two separate appeals in the 2d District Court of Appeal. The result allows his clients to keep the $506,000 and $235,000 in judgments he won for each of them. In the process, he defeated a $10 mil. lawsuit that an employer had brought against his client. Opposing counsel…

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California Meal Break & Rest Break Law (2024) – Calculator + Charts

By Eugene Lee |
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This meal break and rest break calculator will tell you how many meal and/or rest breaks you are entitled to under California labor law. Just enter your shift start and shift end times and the calculator will explain your break rights. IMPORTANT: If you took unpaid meal breaks during your shift, say 30 minutes in…

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Final Paychecks – When Are They Due? (2024)

By Eugene Lee |

A question I hear a lot is: “I just left my job, when is my employer supposed to pay me my last paycheck?” The answer is: it depends. If you were fired or laid off If the employer ended your employment — fired you, laid you off, eliminated your position, etc. — they must have…

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