INVESTIGATING CLAIMS INVOLVING FORMER EMPLOYEES

Employers’ obligations to investigate workplace-related claims do not end when the complainant or the accused no longer works for the business. Former employees’ complaints come to employers’ attention in different ways.  The employer may learn about a concern during...

REPORTING TIME AND OTHER SHIFT PAY ISSUES

Employers must pay workers for “reporting time” when employees call in to determine if they will be expected to work, according to the California Court of Appeal’s decision in Ward v. Tilly’s, Inc.  If the California Supreme Court denies Tilly’s pending petition for...

NEW HARASSMENT STANDARDS AND STRATEGIES

Senate Bill 1300, enacted last year, is one of the California Legislature’s answer to the “Me Too” movement.  The law makes several changes to the law prohibiting harassment in the workplace.  These changes lower the standard required to prove unlawful harassment....

ADDRESSING EMPLOYEE GHOSTING

As the unemployment rate remains low, there may be more available jobs than qualified applicants to fill them. So, job-seekers are in high demand. One possible side effect of aggressive recruiting and rising wages is that employers are experiencing what is...
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