Why Hire an HR Expert Witness?

Why hire an HR Expert Witness?

The world of employment and labor law in California covers countless issues, such as discrimination, unlawful terminations, harassment, and anything that demonstrates unfair treatment to employees.  Combined with the variety of complex legal issues resulting from COVID-19, it can be daunting for both employers and workers.

So what makes California’s labor laws more beneficial to employees when compared to other states? And how can Glennis Siverson help support your HR Witness needs?

California laws offer a broader-than-average range of strict worker protections against any compliance errors made by employers. For example, compared to the Federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, California’s minimum wage is $14.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees and $15.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees. Only the District of Columbia pays a higher rate. While most states have two or three required employee leaves of absence, California employers must provide over 20 leaves of absence. California laws, which are constantly evolving, cover an extensive array of employment and labor law issues. To report a violation, all an employee needs to do is file a complaint with the appropriate employment and labor agency. Agencies on the federal and state level strictly enforce legal compliance, making sure that justice is served for affected employees. 

Glennis has worked as an HR professional for thirty years. She has been on the front lines, managing complex employee relations and legal issues. To learn more, cick on the "About" link at the top of this page. 

  • California law prohibits an employer from discriminating and retaliating against employees in a variety of protected classes. Employers must also provide pregnancy accommodations, provide equal pay, allow wage discussions, protect whistleblowers, and more.

  • California permits pre-employment drug testing and background checks, but limits salary history inquiries.

  • California has its own requirements relating to the minimum wage, overtime, meal and rest breaks, and breastfeeding breaks.

  • California has laws that relate to employee pay and benefits, including temporary disability insurance, health care continuation, pay statements, wage deductions and wage notice requirements.

  • Under California law, employees are entitled to certain leaves or time off, including family and medical leave, paid family leave, paid sick leave, domestic violence leave and emergency responder leave.

  • California law requires employers to provide a safe working environment for their employees.

  • California also prohibits smoking in the workplace and using a hand-held cell phone while driving.

  • When employment ends, California employers must comply with applicable final pay, job reference and notification requirements.