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Do The Right Thing In The Right Way

One of my law school professors is credited with saying, "It's not enough to do the right thing.  One must do the right thing in the right way."  What great advice in life and in the workplace.  I was reminded of this adage after an event I watched where a person with very strong feelings criticized another over issues that were in part minor and in part not the other person's fault.  I was pleased to see the recipient of the bad behavior respond appropriately, addressing the issues as opposed becoming angry with the attacker. 

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AB 469 Notice to Employees at Time of Hire

One of the many laws that affected employers in California for 2012 is AB 469 called the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2011.  It requires, among other things, that employers provide a notice to employees at the time of hire (conceivably so it is much easier to sue you).  The Department of Industrial Relations recently posted a template that employers can use to comply with the AB 469 notice requirement.  It is located at

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Employment Lawyers Attacking Local Businesses

I have noticed over the past couple of months several out-of-area law firms sending letters to local businesses accusing them of wrongful employment practices.  The letters focus on wage and hour issues, and on appropriate record-keeping.  It appears that these lawyers may be aggressively marketing the Central Valley for cases that can result in substantial legal fees for those law firms.  In light of this apparent marketing push, I want to remind my clients of some of the areas that can result in litigation. 

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Calling The Boss An "F-ing Crook" -- Is This Language Protected By Law So Long As You Don't Hit Him?

Nick Aguirre took a sales job with Plaza Auto Center, a used car dealership in Yuma, Arizona.  At a tent sale held in the Sears parking lot, Nick asked where the restroom facilities were located, and where he could take a break.  A manager responded that salespeople are always on break waiting for customers. 

Nick also questioned the compensation policy.  He thought he should earn a draw against commissions.  He also complained when he sold a vehicle anticipating at least a $1,000 commission, but received only $150. 

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