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September 2016 Archives

New California Family Medical Leave Act law: Domestic disputes

There are many reasons that California employees can legally request time off from work. Commonly, laws concerning the Family Medical Leave Act apply to maternity or paternity leave or to employees who are caring for other family members. However, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a new employment law into effect that requires employers to notify their employees of their rights to take leave due to domestic violence.

Family Medical Leave Act overlooks almost half of workforce

Employment laws and protections require flexibility in order to change with the constantly growing and evolving population of the United States. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was originally instituted in 1993. Since that time, the state of California has passed legislation to further define and augment the federal law in order to address current employment and family issues.

8-figure settlement levied in Fox News sexual harassment suit

A large settlement that was recently reached between Fox News and former employee Gretchen Carlson could be considered a landmark case for those in California who have dealt with discrimination in the workplace. The parent company of Fox News, 21st Century Fox, agreed to pay $20 million to the former anchorwoman as a result of a very public sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit. In addition to the settlement, Fox also issued a rare formal and public apology to Carlson.

Religion and employment discrimination

Though freedom of religion is one of the most important rights that Americans enjoy, the role of religion in a corporate work environment can be complicated. Even if a company is privately held, it is still bound by the restrictions that are set forth in the Constitution. California workers may be interested in the fact that employment discrimination based upon religious beliefs is illegal and could be grounds for legal action.

Employee rights after wrongful termination

When a person in California is terminated from employment, he or she often goes through a difficult and uncertain time. If fired, it could benefit most workers to understand their employee rights. Also, it could be helpful for employees facing wrongful termination to understand what resources they have available for assistance during this time of transition.

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