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

Por 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)

Por 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

Por 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?

Por 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

Por 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

Por 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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Ley de California de 2024 sobre pruebas de marihuana a empleados y solicitantes de empleo (AB 2188)

Por Eugene Lee |

Las leyes sobre el trabajo cambian constantemente en California. Las leyes relativas a las pruebas de marihuana en el trabajo no son una excepción. California aprobó el Proyecto de Ley 2188 (AB 2188) el 30/8/22, que trae algunos cambios importantes con respecto a cómo los empleadores pueden realizar pruebas a los empleados o solicitantes de empleo para detectar el consumo de marihuana y cómo tratan los resultados positivos de las pruebas. En esta publicación de blog, analizaremos...

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El abogado laboral Eugene Lee gana las apelaciones $500k y $235k, derrota $10 mil. Demanda judicial

Por Eugene Lee |

Felicitaciones a Eugene Lee, Esq. por ganar dos apelaciones separadas en el Tribunal de Apelaciones del Segundo Distrito. El resultado permite a sus clientes quedarse con los $506.000 y $235.000 en los juicios que ganó para cada uno de ellos. En el proceso, derrotó a un $10 mil. demanda que un empresario había interpuesto contra su cliente. Abogado contrario...

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

Por 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)

Por Eugene Lee |

Una pregunta que escucho mucho es: “Acabo de dejar mi trabajo, ¿cuándo se supone que mi empleador me pagará mi último cheque de pago?” La respuesta es, depende. Si lo despidieron o lo despidieron Si el empleador terminó su empleo (lo despidió, lo despidió, eliminó su puesto, etc.), debe haber...

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