A work injury can cause a serious disruption to your life. You may be forced to miss considerable time for care, treatment, and recovery. You may hit a point where you are ready to return to work, but you cannot perform all of the physically intensive tasks that you used to be able to do. […]
Similar to the vast majority of jurisdictions in the United States, California is an at-will employment state. In effect, this means an employer is allowed to terminate a worker for virtually any reason, including for no reason at all. However, employers cannot terminate workers for an illegal reason.
As explained by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) “All California employers must provide workers’ compensation benefits to their employees.” Of course, the key word in that sentence is “employees.” You may be wondering: Can an independent contractor file for workers’ comp benefits in California? In general, the answer is ‘no,’ but an employee who was improperly misclassified […]
Workplace safety remains a serious issue in California. According to the state’s Department of Industrial Relations, around 500,000 employees are hurt at work each year. California’s workers’ compensation insurance laws mandate that businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies must obtain no-fault workers’ compensation insurance for their staff. Unfortunately, getting a workers’ comp claim approved is not always
In recent years, businesses and organizations are increasingly relying on the contributions of gig workers and independent contractors. In the fall of 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed California Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) into law; the bill restricts an employer’s ability to classify a worker as an independent contractor. There are strict rules that must be followed […]