Hard Times Blog

...But one thing is clear after today: many of California’s workers will have additional protected time off as we head into the third year of the Covid pandemic. And while there may be some new state provisions benefiting employers, it appears they may bear at least some of the cost for providing additional sick time...
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The 40-hour workweek is so ingrained in our society that it is hard to remember a time when it wasn’t the standard. First introduced by Henry Ford in 1926, the 40-hour workweek became law in 1940 through an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Overtime pay was also established at that time...
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...If you or a loved one has been accused of theft, it is worth knowing how prosecutions of theft (and the more serious charge of robbery) are being viewed in an era of smash-and-grab crime, thus leading to a question of whether there needs to be a specific smash and grab California law...
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...there are few places as difficult or complicated to run a business as California... While it can be challenging, many laws have been put in place to protect both employers and employees. Among those of particular importance is Assembly Bill 3075...
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2022 is here — and in its wake — there is a nearly two-year record of skyrocketing depression AND crime rates (a 30%+ increase in homicides, a 42% uptick of domestic violence calls for assistance involving a firearm, and a steep increase in other serious and violent crimes.) Criminality is a SYMPTOM...
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Often when we think of legal rights, it’s those of a defendant who has been accused of a crime that come to mind. However, every victim in California has clearly defined rights... The law entitles a victim to everything from financial compensation to the right to be reasonably protected from the accused...
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Agriculture is woven into the fabric of California’s economy... The majority of that workforce is located in Central California, according to the EDD. Overtime rates for agricultural workers have been highly debated for years... Those working in the field are known to work longer hours during peak seasons...
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...1 in 3 Americans has dealt with depression since the early months of the pandemic... a 2015 Oxford University Study [found] that those diagnosed with depression were three times more likely than the general public to commit violent crimes... Add to those statistics the increased pressure, drinking, and heightened emotions of the holidays, and it’s...
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For any business owner in California, I believe there are two fundamental challenges: one is making a profit to pay your bills. The other is compliance with the myriad of state and federal laws. Among those laws is one that unfortunately many well-intentioned business owners overlook...
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