Minnis & Smallets

About Minnis & Smallets

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Minnis & Smallets has created 13 blog entries.

New California Paid Sick Time Law

Governor Brown recently signed a bill to provide paid sick time to California workers. The bill grants covered employees up to 24 hours paid sick time per year to care for themselves or their family members. Most California employees are covered under the new law with some exceptions for flight crews, certain union members, and […]

October 7th, 2014|Categories: Leave of Absence|Tags: , |

After Acquired Evidence

Employment cases usually involve some type of “bad behavior” by the employer. But what happens when the employee has done something on the job – unknown to her employer at the time – that would have justified her termination? Some employers argue that an employee’s own misconduct (such as lying on a resume or unauthorized […]

July 10th, 2014|Categories: Discrimination|Tags: , |

Mitigation of Damages and an Effective Job Search

Employees who have been wrongfully terminated may pursue a legal claim for lost wages caused by the termination. However, those individuals also have a responsibility to “mitigate” those lost wages by making reasonable efforts to seek new employment. The amount that the employee earns from his or her new employment, in some cases, may reduce […]

April 24th, 2014|Categories: Wrongful Termination|Tags: , |

San Francisco Bans the Box

On February 17, 2014, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed an ordinance limiting the use of criminal background checks on employment applications for jobs within San Francisco.

The new law prohibits employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal record until after the applicant has had a “live” interview, such as by phone, video, or in person. […]

February 21st, 2014|Categories: Discrimination|Tags: , |

California Personnel Files

In California, most employees have a right to a copy of their personnel file. But what is a personnel file? In California, a personnel file may include any documents that are used to determine an employee’s qualifications for employment, promotion, additional compensation, termination, disciplinary action, or that pertain to any grievance concerning the employee. Employers […]

February 11th, 2014|Categories: Wage & Hour|Tags: , |

New California Whistleblower Protections

Starting in 2014, California will add new protections for “whistleblowers.” The new law will protect employees who complain internally within the company, as well as externally to government agencies, as the law currently provides.

Under current law, an employer may not make, adopt, or enforce any rule, regulation or policy that prevents an employee from disclosing […]

December 4th, 2013|Categories: Whistleblower|Tags: , , |

Military and Veterans Now Protected Status Under FEHA

Starting in 2014, California’s employment discrimination law, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), will cover two new classes of protected characteristics. Beginning in January, military and veteran status will now be protected the same way as race, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion, etc.

The change will define the status as “a member or veteran […]

November 19th, 2013|Categories: Discrimination|Tags: , , , , |

CELA Voice Blog

The California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) has an excellent blog on current developments and legislative progress in employment law called CELA Voice. Give it a read here.

November 1st, 2013|Categories: Discrimination|Tags: , , |

California Passes Law Protecting Employees Who Are Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking

Beginning January 1, 2014, California employers will be prohibited from discriminating or retaliating against an employee because he or she is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Existing law protects an employee who takes time off to attend to issues that arise as a result of domestic violence or sexual assault, such […]

October 15th, 2013|Categories: Discrimination|Tags: , , |

San Francisco Passes Ordinance Protecting Employee’s Right to Request a Flexible Schedule to Assist with Caregiving

On October 1, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance that would give employees the right to request flexible or predictable working arrangements to assist with caregiving. If Mayor Ed Lee signs the ordinance into law, it would help employees balance their responsibilities as workers and caregivers.

The ordinance would apply to San […]

October 8th, 2013|Categories: Leave of Absence|Tags: , , , |