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California Workers’ Comp Reforms Save State $1.3 Billion

In 2012, the state passed Senate Bill 863. The bill introduced several reforms for the workers’ compensation system. While the true value of the reforms will take years to manifest, the state is already seeing positive changes. In late 2016, the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) released a cost-monitoring report of the reforms in […]

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Undocumented Immigrants, Workers’ Compensation, and California’s Economy

President Trump has taken a firm stance against illegal immigration, and some Californians worry what this will mean for the state’s economy and large population of undocumented immigrants. President Trump has already vowed to hire more than 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, complete a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and restrict […]

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What Can Your Boss Ask When You Call In Sick?

Calling in sick at work – whether you’re actually sick or not – is your right as an employee. Taking a sick day is a common request when employees come down with a cold, the flu, or another illness. Sickness may not only render an employee unable to perform his or her job, but it […]

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What is Pay Secrecy? Can Employers Punish You for Revealing Your Salary?

Pay secrecy has been a hotly debated topic recently, especially in light of gender wage gap issues and the question of whether or not salaries should be an allowable point of discussion in the workplace. For years, most employers have held that employees are not allowed to discuss their pay with other coworkers. Some have […]

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The Gig Economy and Workers’ Rights

What is important to most people when they think about their job? Comfort and happiness are big parts of it, but when it comes to practicality, the things people focus on are what the job provides: dental and health insurance, 401k, sick leave, social security, and worker’s compensation in the event of an injury. But […]

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Artículo 16-44 ¡No Se Deje! ® En 2002, California se convirtió en el primero estado en proveer a los trabajadores el derecho legal a permisos de ausencia del trabajo PAGADOS para cuidar a un hijo, padre, cónyuge o pareja doméstica registrada, que sufre de una “Enfermedad Médica Grave.”   Estos permisos también están disponibles para unirse […]

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Article 16-44 ¡No Se Deje! In 2002, California became the first state to provide workers a legal right to PAID time off from work to care for a child, parent, spouse or registered domestic partner suffering from a “Serious Health Condition.”   These benefits are also available to bond with a newborn baby or recently adopted […]

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Can You Sue Your Employer for Being Bored at Work?

In the past, boredom at work was just another part of the job. Boring jobs pay the bills, after all, and employees either dealt with their boredom or found a more captivating career. Thanks to new studies about how boredom affects mental health, however, employees are now not only unwilling to tolerate a boring job, […]

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Medical Marijuana and Workers’ Compensation

As lawmakers around the nation more widely accept the use of medical marijuana (and recreational in some states), workers’ compensation systems face a new predicament. Marijuana legalization is a complex legal issue with many implications for the workplace. Employee drug testing and drug-free work policies may have to undergo a change, as well as workers’ […]

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New OSHA Rule Calls for Employers to Electronically Submit Data

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new rule that takes effect January 1, 2017, to improve worker safety across the country. According to the new rule, certain employers must electronically submit illness and injury data. Employers already record this data for OSHA Injury and Illness forms, but this is the first time […]

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