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Pros and cons of a higher minimum wage

Workers in California will see an increase in their hourly wage come January 1st. The first state to approve a minimum hourly wage of $15, the state is steadily increasing the rate annually, and everyone, with some exceptions, will be paid this amount as of January 2023. Although employees are happy about this, there are arguments on both sides as to whether a higher wage is beneficial for everyone.

How California wildfires affect seasonal workers

The wildfires that have spread through California have had a big affect on seasonal workers in the area. Not only has their income been affected over the last couple of weeks, but some of their employers have sustained major damage that may limit future employment. While some seasonal employees are protected by state and federal laws, undocumented workers do not have these same protections, and this may have a major influence on the businesses that depend on these workers.

California employers cannot deny breaks to workers

Many California employees may not know if the law protects their right to have a meal break. The truth is that federal law does not mandate such breaks, but a number of states do spell out protections for workers from denied meal breaks. California is one such state, with laws that clearly detail how employers must treat their employees when it comes to workplace meal times.

Can my employer make me work off the clock?

The workday can bring about many tedious tasks and processes. Setting up a project at work can take hours before you are actually productive. What happens when you're expected to get the job done but aren't given enough time to do it? The boss says you can't leave until the work is complete, but you aren't allowed to earn overtime beyond 40 hours. Is that legal?

How minimum wage increases may impact workers

To keep employers from taking advantage of their workers, federal law defines an hourly minimum wage. In recent years, the news in California has been filled with reports of efforts to increase these earnings. While opponents and proponents of the increase alike have argued about the consequences this could have, little real-world research was available to support their claims. Here is a rundown of recent studies about the impact that a raise could have on the lives of Americans.

California clarifies rules for employee day of rest

Employees in California know that the workweek is tough. A day of rest is a welcome respite from the grind of the job. It is so important, in fact, that California law requires employers to provide one day of rest to employees for every seven days of the workweek. However, until recently, the law was unclear on how to define the workweek and what exceptions were allowed.

Speaking out against employer violations

Each day, hard-working people are subjected to all sorts of different violations. Some of the violations may be financial in nature, while others may involve illegal work and other forms of unlawful activity. At Anticouni & Associates, we firmly believe that this is unacceptable and that those who have dealt with any type of violations in Santa Barbara deserve justice. Sadly, some are hesitant to speak out, for various reasons. If you think that your employer is mistreating you or is violating employment law in any way, you should not be afraid to step forward.

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