An Ode to Whistleblowers and the Law: Part II (2019)

By Eugene Lee | 9 Comments

Have you blown the whistle on illegal conduct at your workplace? If so, there are state and federal laws that could protect you from retaliation by your employer. For instance, the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 prohibits retaliation against employees of publicly-traded companies who

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We’ve Been Named a Top 100 Legal Blog!

By Eugene Lee | 6 Comments

Great news! The Daily Reviewer has just selected “California Labor & Employment Law” as one of its Top 100 Legal Blogs. We’re very excited by the recognition. A big thank you to the hard-working editors at the Daily Reviewer. Keep up the good work and we’ll keep on doing what we’ve been doing and hopefully…

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Employers Are Now Screening Employee Facebook and MySpace Pages

By Eugene Lee | 14 Comments

Do you have a personal account with Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or any of the other social media websites that have become so popular lately? Chances are you do. Or you will soon. The growth of social media sites has been nothing short of breathtaking. Here are a few statistics:

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Bad Times, Worse Managers

By Eugene Lee | 5 Comments

As the world grapples with recession, here’s a look at how company managers have (mis)behaved during a time of high unemployment and off-the-charts human suffering. Job-Seeker Mistreatment. With the tables turned, employers have enjoyed having the upper-hand on desperate

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Economic Recovery Around the Bend?

By Eugene Lee | 0 Comments

The signs of recovery (or at least a bottoming out) are there. The US economy shrank just 1% between April and July of 2009, after shrinking at a torrid 6.4% pace in the first quarter.

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Tip-Pooling – Can My Employer Take My Tips and How? (2019)

By Eugene Lee | 168 Comments

  Some History For better or worse, tipping has become an accepted part of American commerce. It is a practice that first emerged in the late 1800s. In 1917, the California legislature passed a law for the first time prohibiting employers from taking any portion of employees’ tips. However, the courts struck down the law…

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An Ode to Whistleblowers and the Law: Part I (2019)

By Eugene Lee | 3 Comments

Wikipedia defines a “whistleblower” as a “person who publicly alleges concealed misconduct on the part of an organization or body of people, usually from within that same organization”. It takes a special person to be a whistleblower, to set aside their own self-interest in favor of what’s right, to stand alone

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2009 Federal Minimum Wage Increases to $7.25

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On July 24, 2009, the federal minimum wage increased from $6.55 an hour to $7.25 an hour. According to NPR’s “Your Gains, Losses in Minimum Wage Hike”, the roughly 5 million wage earners who make less than $7.25 an hour will see an immediate benefit, as likely will another approximately 10.5 million wage earners above…

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I'm Baaaack (and with a Jury Verdict to report)

By Eugene Lee | 8 Comments

Sorry for the long hiatus, folks. But I do have an excuse: I was tied up doing a particularly grueling 3-week jury trial in federal court in Fresno, CA. I’m happy to say that the good guys won — a unanimous verdict on all counts: disability discrimination (mental disability) under the California Fair Employment &…

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Dept. of Labor Fails to Protect Workers: “We have a crisis in wage theft” (2019)

By Eugene Lee | 23 Comments

Is your boss ripping you off by refusing to pay you overtime? Forcing you to work off the clock? Not letting you take meal or rest breaks? If so, you might want to think twice about calling up the U.S. Department of Labor to lodge a complaint. According to a recent GAO report, it will…

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