Independent Contractor or Employee?

By Whitehead Employment Law

Independent Contractor or Employee? In January, the US Department of Labor announced a final rule that clarifies the standard for determining independent contractor vs. employee status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This final version of the regulation, which takes effect on March 8, now determines whether a worker is an employee entitled to…

Can Your Employer Require You to Get the Covid-19 Vaccine?

By Whitehead Employment Law

Can Your Employer Require You to Get the Covid-19 Vaccine? When the COVID-19 vaccine came out, many California workers couldn’t wait to get it. But not everyone. Maybe you’re concerned that the vaccine came out too quickly and could have long-term side effects that aren’t apparent right now.  If so, you’re not alone: last December,…

New California Minimum Wage Laws for 2021

By Whitehead Employment Law

New California Minimum Wage Laws for 2021 If you’re an employee, in most cases there’s a minimum amount that your employer must pay you. That amount is called the “minimum wage.”  The issue of raising the minimum wage has become a hot topic across the country.  Advocates for raising the minimum wage argue that everyone…

What California Employees Need to Know About COVID Safety Regulations in the Workplace

By Whitehead Employment Law

What California Employees Need to Know About COVID Safety Regulations in the Workplace California employees should know their rights when it comes to COVID safety regulations approved by Cal/OSHA for workplaces. At the end of November, the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) approved an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that applies…

Is Your Company Reimbursing You for Work-From-Home Expenses?

By Whitehead Employment Law

Is Your Company Reimbursing You for Work-From-Home Expenses? Are you owed expense reimbursements from your company? Many California employers transitioned to a remote workforce after the pandemic began. Some say that they intend to maintain this practice moving forward, citing benefits like happier employees and decreased operating expenses. If you’re an employee, the second benefit…

Sexual Harassment: Your Rights in a Hostile Workplace

By Whitehead Employment Law

Sexual Harassment: Your Rights in a Hostile Workplace Perhaps you go to work purely to pay the bills. Maybe your current position is a strategic career move. Whatever your reason for working where you do, you’re entitled to do it without being sexually harassed. Unfortunately, a lot of bosses and coworkers don’t get that message.…

Fired After COVID-19? Was it Legal?

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Fired After COVID-19? Was it Legal? When you were laid off from your job, your boss was highly apologetic. He reiterated that it was not you: COVID-19 has been wreaking havoc with your industry, and he doesn’t have the financial resources to keep everyone on. He assured you that once things improved, you would be…