Domestic Worker News

Respecting Caitlin Jenner and Her Community Under the Law

Sacramento, CA Our introduction this past week to Caitlin Jenner, as sensational as it may have been played out in the media, reminds us that with the modern realities of tolerance and equality, transgendering is anything but sensational and is increasingly accepted carte blanche as an aspect of the new normal. As a result, lawmakers have been grappling with updates of definitions and approaches to traditional bastions such as public and workplace washrooms.

June 6, 2015

Personal Attendants Subject to Overtime Pay Violations

Anaheim, CA Maybe it is because they often work alone, in isolation from others in their industry. Maybe it is because they are generally not unionized and sometimes in the country illegally. There are many reasons why people who work as personal attendants might be subject to unpaid overtime, but as of the passing of a new California law, personal attendants must now receive overtime pay.

October 21, 2014

Domestic Bill of Rights Meant to Curb California Overtime Pay Abuse

San Francisco, CA It would be prudent to presume an increase and influx in overtime pay lawsuits given the passage of the so-called domestic workers’ bill of rights in California and three other states (federal changes in kind are expected in 2015). Not necessarily because of the law, but primarily due to the possibility and expectation that employers of domestic workers will either ignore the guidelines or simply remain unaware of them.

September 27, 2014

Domestic Workers Eligible for Overtime Pay

Sacramento, CA Although it was a long time coming, overtime pay laws in California now extend to people who are employed as personal attendants. Unfortunately, because these California overtime laws are so recent, some employers may not realize they now owe personal attendants overtime pay, or they may realize it but willfully break the law. In any case, as of January 1, 2014, personal attendants are eligible for paid overtime.

August 30, 2014

ERISA Not Just About Protecting Investments

San Diego, CA While many people think the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) has to do with investments and

November 24, 2012

Was Worker's Death Due to Ignorance of California Labor Laws?

San Francisco, CA The very premise of California labor law dictates a number of assumptions: that workers will be paid fairly, that they will be properly trained, and that they ultimately have a safe environment in which to work. The latter tenet appears to have been lacking in 2008 when a young mother met a horrible death at a California printing plant.

November 1, 2010

California Labor Law Teeth Worth $13.5 Million

Los Angeles, CA How effective are California labor laws? When you can ding an employer for $13 million dollars-plus, it suggests ample teeth in California state labor law. But there needs to be, especially when one hears the story of how workers were sorely exploited in direct contravention to California labor employment law.

May 6, 2009

Housekeeper Made to Jump Through Hoops in Basketball Star's Home

Santa Ana, CA California labor laws exist to protect innocent workers from the unfair practices of employers. Most infractions allegedly occur in a large, organized work environment but not always. Sometimes they allegedly happen in the home of a famous sports icon, with the alleged victim working in a domestic setting.

March 26, 2009
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