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Make sure employers are giving you required breaks

There are many rules and regulations to protect workers in California, and giving appropriate breaks is one of them. The state requires employers to give rest and meal breaks when employees work a certain number of hours. If an employer does not grant these breaks, there are consequences.

Trucker lunch breaks under attack in California

Truck drivers in California and all across America are tired. There is no doubt about it. These drivers have some of the toughest and most dangerous jobs in the country, working long hours on the road away from family and friends. Companies are struggling to find enough truck drivers to keep up with consumer demands. As a result, currently employed truck drivers are taking on more loads than they otherwise might have, further contributing to driver exhaustion.

Learn whether your job is exempt before filing a wage theft claim

If you are an employee in California and work more than a standard day or week, overtime wages may be due. Unfortunately, businesses do not always pay as the law requires. At Anticouni & Associates, we represent clients who have experienced wage theft by their employer.

What are the laws around hiring a minor?

There are numerous laws and regulations designed to protect children and adolescents under the age of 18 who want to work in California. There are restrictions about the type of industry and occupation a child can work in, the number of hours in a day or week and minimum wages the employees must receive. Employers who do not follow these laws can face strict penalties.

What breaks are required for employees?

If you work in California, the state requires that your employer provides a certain number and types of breaks depending on how many hours and in what industry you are working. Employers must follow these guidelines to the best of their abilities and if not, they may need to compensate the employees accordingly.

What protections do independent contractors have?

There are numerous benefits of being an independent contractor in California. These include being able to choose where they work, when they work and how much to charge. Basically they are their own bosses which means much more flexibility than if they were employees. Being an independent contractor, however, also has a number of disadvantages, and one is that they are not protected in the same way other workers are.

Is my employer obligated to provide nursing breaks?

New mothers in Santa Barbara probably have a lot of questions as they return to the work force. For instance, what are the rules regarding nursing breaks in the workplace? The United States Department of Labor strives to answer these questions, so you can be fully aware of your rights, as well as your employer's responsibilities.

What are the pay requirements for 12-hour shifts?

To help manage labor, ease scheduling headaches or to appease the needs of workers, some employers in California schedule 12-hour shifts. Employees need to understand what the rules are in regard to overtime, as they may not be eligible depending on the occupation or type of work. Working long shifts can also be detrimental in certain aspects, so workers should understand the risks before agreeing to 12-hour work days.

Advantages and disadvantages of an independent contractor

If you live in California and are considering being an independent contractor (IC) it is important you understand what it means. While there are distinct benefits to this employment classification, there are also some downfalls. For some workers it is a great arrangement, while for others being an employee may be the better fit.

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