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Alternative methods for settling business disputes

Business owners often feel they need to walk on eggshells. That's because the potential for lawsuits are everywhere. Whether it's over employees, binding contracts or accusations from customers, litigation can leave businesses financially battered and bruised.

Because of these risks, many businesses are now turning to alternative dispute resolution as a more timely and affordable method of handling disagreements.

Are you a victim of age discrimination in the workplace?

When you go to work, you have the right to do your job without fear of harassment or discrimination of any kind. If you are an older employee, or older than many of your coworkers, you may find that you experience age discrimination in your place of work. This may not seem like a big deal to others, but it can take a severe mental and emotional toll on you.

You do not have to sit by and hope that this type of treatment at your California job stops at some point. Any type of discrimination is unacceptable, and you may speak up and hold liable parties accountable. You have rights, and you have the right to push back against a hostile work environment and other problems you may be experiencing.

Why are so many workers against forced arbitration?

When it comes to employee disputes and controversies, many California employees often turn to arbitration to resolve the issue. The process tends to cost less money and time than litigation under the right circumstances. Several companies even include in their contract a requirement for the employee to consent to mandatory arbitration should an issue arise while at work.

Recently, the California state legislature approved a bill that could ban forced arbitration if Governor Newson signs it. While this isn't the first time they've passed this bill, many companies are wondering if it will pass now that Jerry Brown (who vetoed similar bills in 2015 and 2018) is no longer the governor.

Study highlights age discrimination for workers over 40

A new study says more than one out of every five U.S. workers over the age of 40 has experienced age discrimination in the workplace. The survey says the issue is increasingly serious for both employees and businesses.

The study surveyed 400 full-time workers age 40 and above who said they've experienced workplace discrimination due to their age, which most said took place after they turned 51. However, only 40% said they filed a complaint.

What counts as retaliation in the workplace?

Many people have an idea of what discrimination in the workplace is. But while discrimination claims on the basis of sex, race, age or another protected category are a serious issue, the most common type of discrimination claim is something else: retaliation.

In fiscal year 2018 alone the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recorded 4,344 discrimination charges in the state of California. Retaliation claims accounted for half of those, outpacing complaints related to any protected category. That rate mirrors federal figures as well. What qualifies as retaliation might surprise you.

How do you remove an executor compassionately?

It is a sad truth that not all appointed executors are up to the task. Some people are blindsided by the position, completely unaware their loved one chose them until the event of their death. Others think they can handle it but grief or an uncontrollable circumstance leaves them overwhelmed.

If you think the executor of a will is overburdened, unqualified, or simply the wrong person for the job, can you remove them? Is there a way to do so compassionately?

Can employers ban natural racial hairstyles?

It may be an unusual thing to consider for some; the idea of facing employee discrimination simply because of your hairstyle is something most people would not believe possible until it happens to them or someone they know. But the truth is, is that it can and does happen. Enough so that states have taken notice and are now addressing the issue through legal measures and legislative bills.

6 signs you may be suffering workplace discrimination

Have you ever been in a situation at work where you felt like you were unfairly treated due to factors outside of your control? Most notably, comments or actions because of your race, age, skin color, gender, disability or national origin. If this happened to you, then you may have been a victim of employment discrimination.

Employment discrimination can be tricky to pinpoint. If you were late to work one day and was verbally accosted for this action, but others have done it without these consequences, then your co-worker may be discriminating against you. Sometimes discrimination is not easy to detect. Familiarize yourself with some common signs of discrimination so you are ready to protect your rights.

Can I avoid a sexual harassment claim at my company?

As sexual harassment cases seemingly become more frequent, business owners have a reason to be worried. Sexual harassment cases can be bad for employee morale and for business.

For business owners who are concerned someone on their management staff could exhibit behavior that leads to a #MeToo moment, there are steps to take. Here are three things to do to create a work environment that is not susceptible to sexual harassment.

How do you know if you have a right to overtime pay?

You work hard. You stay until you finish the job, not when the clock tells you to go. Your supervisor appreciates your hard work and tells you that you're a team player. So why aren't those extra hours showing up on your paycheck?

California law requires anyone paid by the hour (nonexempt) to be paid overtime for any work over eight hours in one day, or 40 hours in one week. 

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