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Can your employer make you work overtime "off the clock"?

Companies that hire staff on an hourly basis often carefully monitor their staffing costs. In retail settings, like restaurants and stores, the company may create staffing estimates based on the sales on the same day in the previous year. Managers will create a schedule that reflects that estimate and then call in additional workers if needed or send staff home when it's slow. They may specifically send home workers who are closer to reaching the 40 hour mark for the week to avoid overtime pay.

Breastfeeding or pumping moms deserve protection at work

Most women know that pregnancy is a protected medical condition. Under both federal and state laws, women expecting children have the right to take medical leave, as well as the right to reasonable accommodations by their employers so that they can continue to work during pregnancy. After maternity leave, new mothers also have the right to return to the same position they held before their medical leave.

These tips can help you negotiate a severance package

Even when the economy seems to be doing well, some companies still choose to downsize or reorganize and reduce their workforce. If you have seen a few colleagues already receive their invitations to leave the company, you could be feeling some anxiety that you might be next. The next time the boss calls you into her officer, she might be doing so to let you go.

Are you protected if you blow the whistle on your employer?

Imagine that you have been working in the same office in Sherman Oaks for the last few years. Things were going well until a new manager came on board and starting making changes. You have started seeing things happen that do not seem right. Management has started firing good employees, taking short cuts where they shouldn't and even denying your own claim for medical leave.

Age discrimination is a serious issue for older professionals

When people think of workplace discrimination, age usually isn't the first category they think of. Many of the most famous workplace discrimination cases have involved people facing sexual harassment or racial discrimination from managers or employers. Age discrimination, while relatively common, seems to garner less attention from the media.

Retaliation for reporting harassment at work takes many forms

The holiday season is a time for work parties, often involving alcohol. While drinks can facilitate socialization at events, they can also lead to poor behavior and questionable decision making in some. Managers could make unwanted sexual advances toward staff, or one worker could assault others by touching them against their wishes. These kinds of issues are incredibly common, and employers should take reports of harassment and abuse from co-workers seriously, regardless of whether it started at the company party or not.

Know your rights as a working pregnant woman

Pregnancy is a joyous condition for many women. However, even a women who is thrilled about being pregnant might be wary to discuss the pregnancy with her employer. This is partially because she might be worried about how the employer will react to the news.

Your employer is legally bound to pay you commissions as promised

Taking a job in sales can be very stressful. You need to be constantly working and pushing for better sales figures in order to have a regular income. After all, you may only receive a minuscule base salary, or, in some cases, no pay at all except for commissions. You depend on those commissions to pay your mortgage or rent, to put food on the table for your family and to cover your costs of living.

At-will employment doesn't condone retaliation or discrimination

People who work in California know that this is an at-will employment state. This means that employers can terminate employment without having to have a reason. It also means that employees can quit without a reason. Some people think that this means employers have carte blanche when it comes to dismissing employees. However, this isn't the case.

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