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What Is Wage Theft?

By Ilona Demenina Anderson Employers have a legal obligation to pay their hourly employees for all the hours they work. Some employers find ways to avoid paying wages that are due. Employment lawyers refer to those practices as “wage theft.” “Wage theft” isn’t necessarily a crime. Courts usually view wage theft as a civil matter. Failing [..]

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Will I Ever Get Another Job if I Sue a Former Employer?

Employment laws protect the rights of employees. When those rights are violated, employees have the right to take legal action. Depending on the nature of the violation, they may be entitled to lost wages, compensation for emotional distress, and other remedies. Some employees are reluctant to pursue claims against a former employer because they worry [..]

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Should My Employer Pay Me If I Work Off the Clock?

By Ilona Demenina Anderson Hourly employees must be paid for each hour (or fraction of an hour) they work. Some employers insist that their employees clock out at quitting time even if there is more work to be done. Those employers tell employees that they need to finish their work before they leave. They refuse to [..]

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An Employee’s Guide to Returning from Quarantine

By Ilona Demenina Anderson As stay-at-home orders are lifted and as more businesses reopen, some employees are returning to work. While employees welcome the opportunity to be productive wage earners, they also have legitimate concerns about their right to work in a safe workplace that is free from discrimination. Here are some general principles that employees [..]

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Saenz & Anderson Stands for Equality

By Tanesha Walls Blye, Esq. We are living in a historic time – what seems to be a much needed, well overdue, present day Civil Rights Movement. This movement is prompted by not just the recent murder of George Floyd, but the fact that the murder of unarmed Black people as consequence for some small [..]

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Does Your Independent Contractor Meet the Test?

With so many changes happening on the job front these days, companies are trying to forge a new relationship with their workers. It is called the “independent contractor” status. That is where the employer pays you an hourly “wage” for services rendered – and you pay your own taxes and absorb the responsibilities of working [..]

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How to Complain to Your Employer While Still Employed

By Tanesha Walls Blye, Esq. Most employee handbooks encourage employees to speak to their employer about anything they feel is unfair or illegal. Typically, this is referred to in employee handbooks as an “Open Door Policy.” However, most employees are concerned that if they walk through this open door, pointing out the employer’s wrongful conduct, [..]

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How Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Affect Your Rights as an Employee?

By Ilona Demenina Anderson The rapidly spreading outbreak of COVID-19 has created stressful times for employers and employees alike. Businesses are being shuttered. Employees are being encouraged to work from home. Layoffs are likely to become widespread in the coming weeks. The reality is that nobody knows how long the pandemic will affect public health or [..]

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