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July 27th, 2017 | Main

David Blaine’s (unofficial) Rules of Employment Law

All employees are happy.Until they aren’t. Employee who knows he’s getting fired on Friday gets hurt on Thursday. If you draft something and have your employees sign it, it’s probably illegal Most independent contractors ...

July 20th, 2017 | Main

Friday Musings

My grandmother was an immigrant. At age 16 she traveled by boat from Sicily and was processed through Ellis Island.  She didn’t speak a word of English, she didn’t have any money, and she certainly did not have any viable job prospects waiting ...

July 14th, 2017 | Main

You can’t make this stuff up!

A friend of mine was interviewing applicants for a food delivery position. One applicant (we’ll call him Shaggy) was an age 20-something with a “thin” job history.  My friend told him that Friday and Saturday nights were the busiest shifts ...

July 10th, 2017 | Main

UPDATE: Victims of Domestic Violence Leave Policy

California law (Labor Code section 230.1) prohibits discrimination against employees who take time off from work to deal with issues relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.  The law went into effect on January 1, 2017, but the ...

July 7th, 2017 | Main

Things I don’t understand…

Why can’t they invent a shopping cart without one broken wheel?  Why do we have to clean the house before the housekeeper arrives?  Why does Trader Joe’s insist on packing individual pieces of fruit in plastic?  Why does Cal OSHA prohibit ...