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Workers of Bay Area Restaurant Chain Sue Over Wage Violations

Three individuals who are current or former employees of the Burma Superstar Bay Area restaurant chain filed a lawsuit on September 8. The lawsuit -- filed in the Alameda County Superior Court -- alleges that the restaurant chain engaged in unfair practices, including not paying workers minimum wage as well as regularly not permitting breaks, overtime pay and sick leave. The lawsuit is being filed on behalf of approximately 100 kitchen workers. The plaintiffs are seeking class-action status. They are hoping to recover back wages, along with attorney fees and other penalties.

Understanding a Pregnant Woman's Rights in California Workplaces

Pregnant women in California have certain protections under federal and state laws. Unfortunately, however, some employers are either ignorant when it comes to these laws or willfully choose to ignore their obligations. Whether intentional or not, when an employer violates these employment laws, it is important to talk to a lawyer experienced in handling pregnancy discrimination and other workplace violations.

Proposed California Employment Law Targets Varying Work Schedules

Food service and retail workers already know this, but work schedules in these industries can vary greatly from month to month, or even week to week. California State Senator Connie Leyva is well aware of these challenges as she had worked in grocery stores and in representation of grocery store union members for three decade before her run for political office. Sen. Leyva co-authored a similar bill last summer that failed to prevail. Now she's tackling the problem again with Senate Bill 878.

San Francisco Leads the Way in Bolstering Wage Replacement for Family Leave

California employees have benefited from a paid family leave program since 2004, but a new law in San Francisco builds upon that program and allows workers to recoup 100 percent of their income while on leave. The statewide 2004 program, Paid Family Leave, relies on employee payroll contributions to the California State Disability Insurance Fund to pay workers 55 percent of their income when they take up to six weeks of leave to bond with a new child or to care for eligible family members. In April of this year, Governor Brown approved a bill that increases the amount to 70 percent for qualified workers. The increase will take effect the first day of 2018. Now San Francisco has trumped even that move.

Supporting the Family Friendly Workplace in California

Finding a balance between work and family obligations isn't always easy for Californian's, but fortunately there are laws in place on the state and federal levels that make finding that balance a little easier. Both minimum wage legislation and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as well as the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) help make finding balance a little easier for families. Even though families are supposed to be supported, not everyone is fully aware of their rights, and may need the assistance of an attorney in instances where employers attempt to give them less support than what they are entitled to.

Entitled to a chair at work?

For many retails workers, standing all day can really take a toll on your the legs. From aching joints and muscles to painful varicose veins, it can really become difficult to sustain day in and day out. Employers used to be able to require employees to stand for customer service reasons, stating it was more professional. However, this is no longer an assertion that stands on its own. A recent California Supreme Court decision has changed this.

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