In the past, workers who felt mistreated had little recourse to better their situations. They either had to live with the mistreatment to continue getting paid or they had to risk unemployment by quitting their jobs.
Although this blog has discussed California unemployment compensation before, a review of the eligibility requirements may be helpful. After all, San Diego employees who either have recently lost their jobs or sense they are in immediate danger of doing so may rely on unemployment insurance benefits to support themselves and their families while they look for new work.
When provided with an employment contract, it is common for employers to include an arbitration agreement in these contracts. So, if you have signed an employment contract recently, you may have agreed to this arbitration clause without even knowing it. So, what does it mean, and should you sign a contract with an arbitration agreement?
In an effort to solve some of the funding problems that plague California's state-employee pension system that includes teachers, firefighters and other civil servants, the Governor scaled back some of the benefits new employees could enjoy with respect to their pensions. This new law was challenged in court, and it remains locked in the justice system.
As is the case throughout the United States, "defamation" is illegal in California. This means that anyone, including a San Diego worker, can sue, should another person, including that worker's former employer, make false statements about the worker that hurt the worker.
Many employees in the San Diego area may be under a contract which they signed directly with their employer, that is, not as part of a collective bargaining agreement through a union. These contracts, if reasonably well drafted, should spell out all of the important terms of employment, such as how much a person will get paid, by when and for what work.
One of the great benefits most federal employees enjoy which many other workers in San Diego do not is a right to be heard before the Federal Merit Systems Protection Board if they get terminated or suspended long term, more than two weeks, for performance-related issues or "for cause" because of some improper or prohibited behavior.
To succeed in business, or any endeavor for that matter, an individual has to be smart and surround themselves with others who can help them reach the end goal. In the business context, working with others can be especially tricky, and not just because personalities and work styles may clash. For example, business partners and employees can act in certain ways that cause serious damage to a business, costing the business money. When a business relationship sours, it may be time to consider one's legal options, which can be reshaped by any sort of employment contract that may be in place.
In Southern California, as well as the rest of the nation, the local economy tends to be like a roller coaster: one moment you're up, the next you're down, and the next you're up again. During the down times, it's helpful to know there is help available. For laid-off workers, this often comes in the lifeline known as unemployment compensation. Unfortunately, unemployment compensation is sometimes at the center of employment disputes between workers and their employers.
There are few things worse than losing one's job. Getting laid-off is a constant threat in today's economy, and countless Californians have experienced the harshness and shock of an unexpected layoff. While there is unemployment compensation available as a safety net for laid-off workers, there are many requirements to obtaining these crucial benefits. For disputes related to unemployment compensation, it may be best to speak with an attorney.