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October 2014 Archives

Do employees have a right to use social media?

When individuals accept certain employment positions, they are told that discretion is an important part of their job descriptions. Certainly, safeguarding company secrets and keeping sensitive data private is important, provided that these secrets and this data are not illegal in nature. However, employers are increasingly insisting that their employees remain discreet even when the issues they would like to discuss online or in other forums are not protected.

Understanding FMLA protections for California workers

Under the Family Medical Leave Act, workers may be allowed to take leave without employer retaliation. However, this leave must be qualified and the FMLA does not apply to all employers. The act applies only to companies who have at least 50 employees, and only to workers who have been employed for at least 12 months.

Sexual harassment and what it entails

California workers may know that sexual harassment is forbidden in the workplace by both federal and state law. Yet, many may be unaware of what defines sexual harassment. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 considers it an act of discrimination. In California, the Fair Employment and Housing Act protects employees from sexual or gender harassment in the workplace as well as harassment due to childbirth, pregnancy or other gender-specific medical conditions.

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