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Unemployment benefits are available to employees who are out of work temporarily, through no fault of their own. Most people who collect unemployment have lost their jobs. However, you may be eligible for benefits even if you are still working, if your hours or pay have been cut or you have been forced to take a part-time position and you can't get additional work.
Unemployment benefits are intended for those who are out of work through no fault of their own. Each state has its own unemployment program, including eligibility rules and benefit amounts. Many states also offer partial unemployment benefits, which we'll discuss in this article.
You might think that unemployment benefits are available only to those who are completely out of work, but that's not necessarily the case in California. Even if you are still working part-time, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits, depending on your earnings and your situation.
In California, employees who are temporarily out of work through no fault of the own may collect unemployment benefits. Eligibility for unemployment is based on various factors, such as prior earnings, reason for unemployment, and other eligibility requirements created by California's Employment Development
Historically, a layoff was a temporary suspension from work. Workers might be laid off during the slow season of a cyclical business, for example, then be returned to work when business picked up again. These days, however, a layoff usually refers to a permanent termination of employment.
It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against whistleblowers or other employees who report various types of illegal activity. An employee who is fired, disciplined, or otherwise treated differently because the employee has complained about illegal activity may have the right to sue the employer
Wrongful termination is a catchall term that refers to all the types of legal claims employees can make against employers for firing them. Most employees in the United States work at will, which means they can quit at any time and they can be fired at any time, for any reason that's not illegal.
Many employees who are facing workplace harassment don't want to file a formal complaint. Perhaps they don't want to cause trouble, they don't trust their company to take action, or they fear reprisals from the harasser or coworkers. While these concerns are understandable, it's very important to report
When you start a new job, you will most likely be presented with a stack of papers to sign. Among the acknowledgment forms, benefits paperwork, and tax documents, you might find a noncompete agreement.
At many companies, a nondisclosure agreement – a contract by which you promise to maintain the confidentiality of the employer’s trade secrets – is a standard part of the new hire paperwork employees must sign.
You might think that unemployment benefits are available only to those who are completely out of work, but that's not necessarily the case in California. Even if you are still working part-time, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits.
If you are eligible for overtime (that is, you don't fit into one of the exempt categories, such as for executive employees or outside salespeople), you must be paid time and a half for every extra hour you work.