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January 2017 Archives

Timekeeping software allows employers to edit workers' hours

Employees in California who have their work hours recorded electronically and tallied by software might have little control over the accuracy of their time sheets. University researchers studied the tutorials, promotional information, and support materials for 13 types of software in widespread use among employers. Their findings showed that managers had easy access to data and could alter work hours without the knowledge of employees. The timekeeping programs also rounded work hours and automatically deducted break times.

Understanding your rights and responsibilities when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) defines sexual harassment as "unwelcome sexual advances of a sexual nature which unreasonably interferes with the performance of a person's job or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. It is a serious problem in California, and you have a right to be protected against sexual harassment at your place of employment. There are both state and federal guidelines that prohibit harassment.

DOJ updates and clarifies immigrant discrimination rules

The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has published final rules defining protected individuals and unfair practices during hiring. This language adds clarity to laws that the federal government has established to protect foreign nationals working in California and across the country.

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