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Alternative Workweek Schedules

January 2nd, 2010

Labor Code section 511, which regulates workweek schedule alternatives, has been amended to permit the option for an eight hour day as part of the menu options offered to employees. This change to the employment schedule law is designed to give employers more flexibility in structuring their employees’ time.

Jobless claims drop

December 1st, 2009

On November 30, 2009, the number of newly laid off workers filing for unemployment fell more than expected last week to the lowest level in over a year according to the AP. If you are amoung the unlucky people who recently lost their job, you are entitled to general termation rights in California. One of these rights are proper and timely receipt of your last paycheck. If you believe your last paycheck was not right, you can file a wage claim with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Also make sure you are getting paid for your vacation days assuming your rights to them have vested.

Unregistered Carwashes

November 22nd, 2009

California requires all carwash and polishing businesses to be registered with the State governmental agency. The purpose of this requirement is to protect employees of car washes from under the table cash payments, child labor laws, and a lack of worker’s compensation insurance.

Recently the California Labor Commission file an action in the San Diego Superior Court to shut down a San Diego carwash for failing to register with the Labor Commissioner’s Office.

Garment Industry Raid

November 21st, 2009

The Economic and Employment Coalition recently raided 21 garment industry businesses in Los Angeles county and cited 14 of them for several labor law violations including failures to pay the minimum wage and failure to to pay overtime. In total there was more than $183,600 in fines.

Hollywood settle labor dispute

November 20th, 2009

A law dispute between the union representing the Hollywood below the line workforce and the American Film Institute has been settled.

Last week, the president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), issued a denunciation of AFI, accusing the nonprofit group’s management of using scare tactics to discourage concession workers at its Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland from joining the union, which represents 110,000 workers in the film and theater industry.

The dispute threatened to disrupt the AFI Fest in Los Angeles this week when the IATSE called for a boycott of all AFI events, but stopped short of calling for an actual work stoppage by the IATSE concession workers at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre where AFI films are screened.

The fight ended on Wednesday when the union announced that it had negotiated an agreement with AFI to represent the Maryland theater workers. The agreement provided “significant wage, benefit and condition improvements,” according to a statement from the guild, which touted how the IATSE had “put pressure on the company by informing the public of the dispute.”




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