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Questions about the workplace that may specifically relate to cultures or state-specific laws and regulations in California.

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Staffing agency says I won't get paid to pick up equipment required by client. Should I push back?

I just got placed through a staffing agency, in the state of California. I'm expected to drive to a client's location and pick up some equipment to use to work from home for the duration of the ...
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Is it possible to be drug tested by a CA employer while working from home?

I work for a company in California that is owned by the federal government. The company made it clear when CA passed its Cannabis laws/regulations last year that they will continue to test and that ...
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Can you collect california short term disability if you only have to stop working one of two jobs?

Background: 1 Full time in office job 1 Part time job, working remote from home Situation: Surgery with 4 week recovery time. Will not be able to work full time job because it is a physical job. ...
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Company keeps confiscating cleaning supplies

Recently, the restroom in our office ran out of soap. The first employee to notice it reported it to management, however, no action was taken. After a day or two of repeatedly asking management to ...
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Workplace is rescinding on a promise made upon hire

We are in California in case it helps when giving advice on her situation. My wife was hired at her workplace back in February. Part of her negotiation at hire was that they would accommodate her ...
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How should I push back against ridiculous work time expectations?

I have been working for my company for awhile now and up until recently I was pretty autonomous. During that time I was producing great results that the majority of people were impressed and pleased ...
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Reported a VP for harassment. He resigned during the investigation. What can I do

The VP asked me very inappropriate questions during office hours while no one was around and I said 'no' multiple times. Did more investigation on my own to see if anyone else was effected by him and ...
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What to do when workplace smells strongly of marijuana and management hasn't done anything to mitigate?

I work in a decent company with good people in California (marijuana is legal). In one of the office buildings we rent, there are two marijuana-related companies. One of them is right next door to us ...
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Can an employer retract pay/take other action for missed days of a contract after a contract is completed?

I recently completed a 6-month part-time contract as an instructor with a company in the for-profit education space. They don't have a written PTO policy, but generally, we've requested substitute ...
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Is my employer in California obligated to pay me while I travel between jobsites

I'm an hourly worker at a landscaping company in Los Angeles and travel to a different job site or multiple job sites in a day. The morning and afternoon commute range from 15 minutes to 1.5 hours. ...
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How to deal with a manager who frequently makes subtle, racist remarks about my religion and ethnic origin?

I'm muslim, brown, middle eastern, and no my name isn't actually Joe as my username suggests. My manager makes interesting comments. He normally intends these comments as something humourous but ...
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New Mandatory Off Hours Check-in

Without any explanation, and with only a weekend's worth of notice, a new early morning check-in was placed on my schedule, basically, as soon as I wake up I'm expected to check for any new requests ...
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Boss wants me to falsify a report. How should I document this unethical demand?

I work in IT, and my manager is trying to get my coworker and me to submit a falsified security scan to a client of ours. Basically, he wants us to submit a security scan modified to exclude ...
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Falsely accused from a co-worker [closed]

I received a falsely accused complaint from a co-worker for pushing and hitting her. The accusation in fact comes right after another co-worker complaint about her best friend (aka her direct ...
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How to convince HR to let my star employee work from home?

We recently got a new CEO and he took away everyone's ability to work remotely, including that of my most productive team member. As you can guess, everyone's productivity has dropped considerably, ...
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Is my employer allowed to access my office emails without my knowledge/permission?

I work at one of the county government departments. I was accused of wrong conduct at the workplace, which is obviously made up for retaliation by my branch manager and a district manager, because the ...
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Company computer equipment after termination

A friend of mine was fired from her job (seriously asking for a friend here 😂) and asked me about what to do with her company issued computer equipment. The company laid her off during a merger ...
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invoiced one company, got check from other company? how to rectify [closed]

I've just asked the client how they want to deal with this, but... I invoiced one company (client is affiliated with several related organizations... didn't respond to my request to make sure I was ...
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Getting hurt at work while not doing anything work related

I’m in the US and, due to the wonders of the American healthcare system, that will impact the answer. I’m a desk jockey - I write code. For the holidays, I got a fancy new mechanical keyboard. While ...
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California employee being misclassified as a contractor, what can I do about it?

I was hired as a graphic designer at a locally owned stationery store in California about a month and a half ago. From the start I knew something was kind of strange, as I was hired for full time but ...
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Relocating to different city; 1-month notice given, but workers contract says 3-month required and employer is NOT letting me leave

I work at a small private business in USA, California. My family recently decided to relocate to a different city and I cannot keep working at the same company as commute time is unrealistic. I ...
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Avoid salary requirement for exempt employee by changing job title? [closed]

I'm a software engineer working in California. I've been working at my current company for about 5 years and am generally quite happy. Recently, management has been interested in making me an exempt ...
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Dyslexia in the Workplace as an adult and lost opportunities because of it

I work in the IT field and sometimes I make mistakes and mostly its due to my dyslexia. I spell names incorrectly, incorrectly categorize tickets in the system, accidentally click on buttons I ...
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Asking me to sign a document to mention new employer if you leave the company

I have a job offer and they sent me some documents to sign. There is no non-compete agreement but in the termination certificate annex (That I certify I returned all stuff etc) there is a line that ...
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Is it polite to ask the company to mention the future raise -which we had discussed in interview -in their written offer?

I got an offer from a company who just verbally told me "we will give you this much and after 60 days if you were doing well, we will give you a raise for a higher rate ." which they specified. So my ...
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Forgot to reply to a hiring team leader for a big tech company, do I email or not?

About 10 days ago, I ran into a team leader at a big tech company by chance, and by the end of the conversation he had offered me an interview for a position as a software engineer. I'm a huge fan of ...
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Job application question

I have a little bit of a unique and awkward situation I need help with. Last year I was working two part time jobs as a walk on coach at two schools at the same time. I was working probably 6 hours ...
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What are the definitions of insubordinate and inappropriate? [closed]

I am curious what the definitions of "insubordinate" and "inappropriate" are in the context of workplace behaviors.
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Is it common practice to pay USED vacation at the end of the year?

My friend has just learned that their California employer pays out used vacation at the end of the year. Even though the time off for vacation was taken in January, they will not receive money on ...
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How to deal with a huge workplace mistake? [closed]

So, I asked for time off a little over a month ago for the Friday after Thanksgiving and I was under the impression that my boss said he would cover my shift. Yesterday, I texted him to remind him ...
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First Job: How to handle employer insinuating I could be fired for not attending unpaid event?

I'm currently working my first part time job that is paid by the hour where I teach young children. I really love being able to interact with the students and seeing them grow as I teach them. Lately, ...
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Apply for a position in customer's company?

So, my current company is a supplier of company A. I came across a position in company A that interests me. However, that division in A is the one my current employer is supplying for, and what's ...
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Employer wants me to sign non compete with customer, how do I voice my concerns?

I work for a contracting company -- that is, I am a regular employee of the company, it does contract design work for others. One of our customers is requesting that employees working on their ...
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Is “all hands” TGIF meeting mandatory? [closed]

If the employer calls it an all-hands TGIF meeting, is it implying that the meeting is mandatory, or that everyone can attend, but doesn't have to?
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Meal Premiums in California

I've worked at several companies that have not been paying the 1-hour of regular pay to employees if they miss their lunch period. During the transition from not taking break to taking breaks and ...
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Can an employer require you to come to work for your shift? [closed]

When a schedule has already been posted up for two weeks and the employee wants the day off. Can you tell them to either find a replacement or come to work? Is that in legal bounds.
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How should I handle a junior team member trash talking me behind my back?

I'm on a team of 10 or so people. About half of us are remote in parts of California, and half are in the office in the Bay Area. A few years ago, a specific team member, we'll say "Team Member 1" (...
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Giving two weeks notice. Will I get my last pay check from my salary?

I have a job where I am paid a salary and it's split into 2 even payments every 2 weeks. I've been paid my same salary amount for the last 15 months. I plan on quitting next month and giving my ...
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My boss' new hire, a friend of his, is making advances on me

I am a woman who has been working on a team of men for a number of years now. Up until recently I have been treated very well and with respect. I love my job and get on well with my boss and ...
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How to bring up that the company is underpaying its workers in violation of labor law

So, while my current job is going pretty well in general, I have recently noticed by tracking my pay stubs that I am being paid appx. 3 hours short per workweek. While I was going through the ...
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2answers
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Can an insurance broker ask for fees a former employer forgot to without from final paycheck? [closed]

I live in the state of California. I amicably left an employer over 2 years ago and have just received a phone call from (presumably) the insurance broker of said employer informing me that medical ...
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I signed an offer. Can I change my mind? [closed]

I signed an offer letter for a job that will start later this year. Now I changed my mind, and I want to accept another job. My question is: can I refuse a job after I signed an offer letter without ...
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Legal to live homeless (in workplace) and have a driver license in California? [closed]

I'm not sure if this question is related to here or not, but: So, I got a job in California and I'm moving there in 2 weeks. But, I have decided to live in my workplace for the next 2 years and I'm ...
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Can I earn money while receiving unemployment benefits?

To me it seems reasonable that someone who is unemployed would earn extra money by tutoring, mowing lawns or other odd various odd jobs. However are earnings like this allowed when you are also ...
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IT Job placement firms in California - scam or the real deal?

Info about me: From US, CA local. BS in Cognitive/Clinical Psychology. Currently a MS Computer Science student focusing on data science (database systems, information retrieval, data mining). Have ...
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Can a California Employer reduce the resignation period? [closed]

I am an employer in California. One of my less than stellar employees has just resigned with a two month notice. I would prefer to just show him the door and accept his resignation without paying him ...
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Already employed and have 2 job offers. Both of them accepted [duplicate]

I am currently working. The reason I started looking for a job was my spouse's job was relocated and my company does not promote telecommuting. so I started interviewing. And hence I currently have ...
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Can an employer ask employees to reimburse wages?

I recently joined a startup, and I didn't like it all. To begin with the engineers in there think they're the world's best, where in reality all of us are pretty average at best. However, the thing ...
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Boss is asking employees to continue to work while payroll is dry

I work at a company that has been on its last leg since it was born. But the boss somehow always pulls off a half-court shot at the buzzer and has kept us going for way longer than it seemed possible. ...