Month: June 2015

Laws Affecting CA Employers: Workplace Bullying

As of January 1, 2015, mandatory anti-harassment training by employers must contain an anti-bullying component. Covered employers must provide supervisory employees with training about prevention of abusive conduct, in addition to the two hours of sexual harassment training every two years that the law already requires. However, the new law…

Bullying vs. Harassment in the Workplace

Many employees experience bullying at work.  Their managers or co-workers humiliate or intimidate them, sabotage their work, verbally abuse them, or subject them to unfair treatment.  Unfortunately, most workplace bullying is not illegal in California.  However, it is illegal for employers to bully or harass employees or otherwise to subject…

Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblowers Must Act Quickly

Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) in wake of several financial scandals at large American companies. Because whistleblowers at these companies disclosed much of the information that ultimately exposed the companies’ financial wrongdoing, Congress implemented stronger protections for whistleblowers at publically traded companies. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act protects employees…

3 Tips Regarding Severance Agreements

1. Know what a severance agreement is … and is not. Severance agreements are legal documents—often several pages in length—that are prepared by the employer’s attorney and presented to employees at the end of the employment relationship. Such agreements typically offer the employee money or other consideration, and in exchange…

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