OBTAINING APPLICANT CRIMINAL HISTORY

California employers use background investigations to obtain useful information about prospective candidates. An applicant’s criminal background is part of that process. However, employers must understand the legal parameters of obtaining and using criminal history....

DRAFTING LAWFUL VACATION POLICIES

California employers do not have to offer employees vacation, or “PTO” (paid time off).  Many employers choose to do so, because time away from work not only benefits employees, but also can improve productivity, inspire loyalty, and reduce “burn-out.” Once employers...

FIRING EMPLOYEES WHO SPEAK OUT

Social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter have made it easier years for employees to speak publicly to broad audiences.  Recent data indicates over three-quarters of American employees access one or more forms of social media.   Employers may be wary of their...
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