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Mind the Gap: The Increasing Divide Between California and Federal Employment Laws Under the Trump Administration

Mind the Gap: The Increasing Divide Between California and Federal Employment Laws Under the Trump Administration

California’s outspoken response to the new administration indicates that the gap between state and federal employment laws will only increase.

Employment Law and the Changing Political Scene

Employment Law and the Changing Political Scene

With the heat of summer comes passion, enthusiasm, vacation and much desired rest (well, for some). You will find this and more as you pass through the July Employment Law edition of the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. The Employment Law edition is a welcome read for attorneys in all areas of practice as we are […]

A Brief Overview of the Transgender Employee in California  & Their Rights in the Workplace

A Brief Overview of the Transgender Employee in California & Their Rights in the Workplace

The 2016 report provided a detailed look at the experiences of transgender people across a wide range of categories including employment. The findings reveal disturbing patterns of mistreatment and discrimination.

June 2016 – Criminal Law Edition

Highlights of the June 2016 Contra Costa Lawyer – Criminal Law edition include the story of a fictitious family that had a brush with the law. Guest Editor Mary P. Carey and her fellow authors give the reader a well rounded view of the ramifications from perspectives of: the District Attorney, immigration attorney, defense attorney, juvenile law attorney , a juvenile Justice’s perspective, family law and employment law attorneys.

Employment Law Perspective

Employment Law Perspective

Most private employers do NOT have the right to request an employee’s criminal history. However, there are exceptions.

February 2016 - Technology/Social Media Edition

February 2016 – Technology/Social Media Edition

Highlights of the February 2016 Contra Costa Lawyer Technology/Social Media edition include articles on IT security, social media in the workplace, online legal advertising and more.

Surprising Traps of Social Media in the Workplace

Surprising Traps of Social Media in the Workplace

While the law regarding social media use in the workplace is slow to adapt, here is a look at some of the not-so-obvious traps and what employers can do.

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, July 2015

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, July 2015

The work environment has changed dramatically over recent years, with employers facing new challenges. Don’t forget that new paid sick leave laws covering nearly every employer in this state have taken effect.

The High Price of BYOD: Managing Legal Risk for Employers

The High Price of BYOD: Managing Legal Risk for Employers

Bringing your own device (BYOD) has been the single most radical shift for employers since computers invaded the workplace, but it comes with a costly new price tag for California employers.

Why Make Employees Stand All Day?

Why Make Employees Stand All Day?

There has been a steady stream of seating cases, in many cases against retail stores, where cashiers stand all day, and against those banks that require tellers to stand unremittingly at the counter.

Keeping Up with California Regulations Means New Workplace Policies & Training

Keeping Up with California Regulations Means New Workplace Policies & Training

Regulations applying to Heat Illness Prevention and governing leave under the California Family Rights Act have recently been updated.

Is Your Worker an Employee or an Independent Contractor?

Is Your Worker an Employee or an Independent Contractor?

An employer is not immune from liability for misclassification simply because the worker signed a written contract agreeing to be treated as an independent contractor.

The Mythical Unpaid Intern

The Mythical Unpaid Intern

If an organization derives any immediate advantage from the activities of an intern, then this fact alone will likely transform an intern into a legal employee.

An Overview of Employment Arbitration Agreements

An Overview of Employment Arbitration Agreements

Employment attorneys need to be familiar with the pros and cons of arbitration, its requirements and limitations, as well as the legal theories to invalidate such agreements.

No Privacy at Work? Is Social Media to Blame?

No Privacy at Work? Is Social Media to Blame?

Technology is helping all of us broadcast too much information. We (everyday people), and not the government, nor “Big Brother,” are eroding the expectation of privacy.