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Bag – and Clothing – and Jacket Checks – Holding You Up?

Last week it was 'Background Checks.' This week it’s about 'Bag Checks.' Where you work, before you go on a meal break, or when you leave work, do you have to go through a bag check? Do they look in your bag, or make you take off a jacket or coat and hat or cap, to inspect you, because you might take company merchandise? Do you have to first clock [...]

By |2019-02-14T12:52:34-07:00February 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bag – and Clothing – and Jacket Checks – Holding You Up?

Background Checks – Read the Fine Print

Probably each time you’ve applied for a job, you’re asked to sign a package of documents. It may even be online, where you’re simply asked to ‘docusign’ what you see on a screen. If you can, you might want to consider asking to obtain a complete copy of everything you sign. If possible, you might ask if that’s possible even before you first start signing. That way, later on, if [...]

By |2019-02-04T09:12:30-07:00February 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Background Checks – Read the Fine Print

Religious Discrimination in Employment – A Quick Overview

As you’re probably aware, religious discrimination in employment is, for the most part illegal. Here are four types of instances where it might arise. The first has to do with hiring. If, for example, you told a prospective employer that due to your religion you couldn’t work on a Friday or Saturday or Sunday, for example, and a job offer was suddenly withdrawn, that might well be illegal. Or once [...]

By |2019-01-27T08:43:28-07:00January 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Religious Discrimination in Employment – A Quick Overview

Overtime and Earnings Statements

This week's posting is on Overtime and Earnings Statements! Pay-Stubs! That's what they used to call them. Now they're called Earnings Statements. You should get one each pay period. In California, If you're an hourly employee, they should definitely show how many hours you worked, so you can compute whether you were paid correctly. They should show you the work you did for that previous pay period, so you can add [...]

By |2019-01-20T21:50:46-07:00January 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Overtime and Earnings Statements

Bankrupt Employers

This Week’s Comment is about how a company might be able to avoid paying back wages by filing for bankruptcy. That’s what might happen because Sears did file for bankruptcy, back in October, 2018. You’ve heard that Sears filed for bankruptcy, right? Maybe you know people who worked or work for Sears in California because you shop there. Bankruptcy is not the end-all of a case! Take Sears, for Instance! [...]

By |2019-01-20T23:11:59-07:00January 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bankrupt Employers

Shifts – Day, Swing and Graveyard

Most people work a day shift, don’t you think? Most businesses are open during the day, closed at night, right? But what about "Swing Shift"? That’s usually considered to mean the hours from around 4 p.m. until midnight. In fact, it may have come about in America because of the employees in the aircraft factories and such going out to dance the swing during World War II. Or maybe the [...]

By |2019-01-20T21:54:26-07:00January 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Shifts – Day, Swing and Graveyard

School Bus Drivers

Does a day ever go by when we don't pass a bus on the road, picking up, dropping off, or transporting students somewhere? Did you ever think about the rules bus drivers might have to follow? Let's assume, for example, that the bus is delivering students for a musical concert. If so, perhaps the kids can leave the bus to grab lunch or visit a restroom. But what about their [...]

By |2019-01-08T23:03:49-07:00January 8th, 2019|Drivers|Comments Off on School Bus Drivers

Car Haulers

Car Haulers! You know, the guys who drive those trucks which hold cars on them, as they’re being transported to either a new or used-car lot! Suppose that was your job! Suppose, when you got to work, you were scheduled to leave the lot, cars already loaded up, and be at some 10,000 used-car lot that afternoon, 350 miles away, say from San Jose to Los Angeles, California, maybe on [...]

By |2019-01-08T22:55:31-07:00January 8th, 2019|Drivers|Comments Off on Car Haulers

Parking Lot Attendants

Do you think there’s anyone who’s ever driven a car who hasn’t used a parking lot? Think about it. Most of the time, not all of the time, but most of the time, parking lots are taken care of and watched over by parking lot attendants. What about this? Have you ever seen a parking lot with a sign that said, “Back in 30 minutes. On a break?” Or driven [...]

By |2019-01-08T23:32:05-07:00November 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sales Employees

Suppose you’re selling luxury or less than luxury goods. You know, Coach, Disney, Oochi, Gucci, or something else, Sears, for example. You might be expecting a pretty good income, depending on your sales each payday, based on your promised commission. But happens if that commission you’re expecting suddenly disappears? Like last year’s favorite clutch? If you’re a commissioned salesperson in California, you’re entitled to know what commission you’re going to [...]

By |2019-01-08T23:25:05-07:00November 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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