Frequently Asked Questions About California Employment Law
Defending Your Rights in San Francisco
Most employees who work in California do not take much notice of state
laws regarding employment. There are many laws to protect workers, however, that they should be
aware of. A knowledgeable San Francisco employment attorney will understand
just what your rights are, so call Stewart & Musell, LLP if you have
questions regarding your rights as an employee. Below are common job-related
What is at-will employment?
This refers to an employee who has no specified term and whose employment
may be terminated at the will of either the employee or the employer with
or without cause or notice. This is generally the case if there is no
oral or written
contract specifying the terms of employment.
Am I entitled to overtime pay?
In California, if you work more than 8 hours, up to and including 12 hours,
in a workday, or for the first 8 hours worked on the 7th consecutive day
of work, you are owed one and one-half times your normal pay. If you feel
you have not been properly compensated for your work, contact Stewart
& Musell, LLP right away.
What are my rights regarding meal periods?
As an employee in California, your employer must give you a meal period
of no less than 30 minutes for working more than 5 hours and 10 minute
breaks for every 4 hours worked in a day.
I was let go and my employer did not pay me my final wages, can they do that?
No—any employee who is fired needs to be paid all of their
wages, including accrued vacation, immediately at the time of termination.
As a San Francisco employer, do I need to provide sick leave for my employees?
As of 2007, all San Francisco employers need to provide paid sick leave
to their employees, including part time and temporary employees. An employee
accrues one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours
or 72 hours of accrued paid sick leave.
Can I take legal action against an employer who fired me for having cancer?
Disabled employees who are otherwise qualified and able to perform their
job duties need to be provided a reasonable accommodation so they can
keep working. An employer's decision to terminate a
disabled employee in preference to an individual without a disability may also give them
the right to take legal action.
Can my boss force me to take a drug test?
Depending on your job, you could be forced to take one, if your job is
"safety sensitive" such as driving. If you have signed a document
giving your employer permission to give you a drug test, then it may be
legal as well. Otherwise, a drug test could be considered an invasion
of your privacy.