Strong Advocate’s Announcement About COVID-19

Strong Advocate’s Announcement About COVID-19

A message to our valued clients, business associates, supporters and friends: At Strong Advocates, the health, safety and overall well being of our clients, business associates and the Los Angeles community as a whole is of utmost importance.  Given the increasing concern surrounding the recent pandemic of COVID-19, otherwise known as the novel Coronavirus, these […]

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New California labor laws employers should know

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During his first year in office, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an abundance of bills into law, many of which go into effect on January 1, 2020. Every employer in California needs to be aware of these new laws and how they could affect operations. Below are some of the most significant new labor laws: […]

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Glasswerks settles a class-action lawsuit over unpaid wages

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A Los Angeles commercial glass company, Glasswerks, has settled a class-action lawsuit filed by current and former employees who say they were denied overtime pay and adequate break time. The company will pay out $1.3 million. The Glasswerks case was settled through private mediation. More than 1,000 employees who worked at Glasswerks between 2012 and […]

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California proposes extension of statute of limitations

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The California Assembly Bill 9 (AB 9), which passed assembly and is now being reviewed by the Senate Judiciary, seeks to protect workers in the state who were harassed or discriminated against at their job by expanding existing law. It is unlawful under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act for an employer to discriminate […]

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New laws to affect California workers in 2019

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In California, hundreds of new laws have created big changes for workers and employers in 2019. Perhaps the most anticipated change is an increase in minimum wage, which will be $15 per hour by 2023. For companies with 26 or more employees, minimum wage will rise to $12 per hour. For those with fewer than […]

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Rights to leave for pregnant women

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When it comes to taking time off work to give birth and begin raising a newborn, three primary laws impact the rights of women in California. Those are the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the state’s Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL). California Family Rights Act and Family […]

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Trucking company files lawsuit challenging recent California ruling concerning independent contractors

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The Western States Trucking Association filed a recent lawsuit in federal court. This suit comes shortly after the California’s Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County that held that most transportation drivers should be classified as employees. The landmark ruling from the state’s top court requires […]

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Federal watchdog for equal employment investigating age discrimination claims at Intel

Federal watchdog for equal employment investigating age discrimination claims at Intel

Following layoffs at Intel that cut over 10,000 workers around the world, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is looking into claims of age discrimination. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news after reviewing documents from the agency. After the massive cuts in 2016, dozens of former employees of the tech giant contacted […]

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Restaurant workers awarded $300,000 in wage violation case

Restaurant workers awarded $300,000 in wage violation case

The owner of three Sonoma County Mexican restaurants will pay 28 employees hundreds of thousands of dollars in back wages and damages as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to settle federal wage violations. An investigation by the Wage and Hour Division in San Francisco discovered El Charro Casita Inc. and […]

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California Supreme Court ruling could have monumental impact on workers in gig economy

California Supreme Court ruling could have monumental impact on workers in gig economy

California’s top court issued a decision on April 30 making it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The unanimous ruling replaced the previous test for setting employment status, which largely considered the control a company had over a worker, like where and when work was done. In recent years, […]

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