Is a Non-Compete Agreement Enforceable in California?

November 21, 2023 Legal Team
In California, non-compete agreements are generally not enforceable. The state recognizes that restricting an individual's ability to pursue employment opportunities can hinder professional growth and innovation. What is a Non-Compete Agreement? A non-compete agreement, also known as a covenant not to compete (CNC), is a legal contract between an employer and an employee or...
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Severance Agreement and Release of Claims

November 18, 2023 Legal Team
A severance agreement is a legal contract between an employer and an employee that outlines the terms and conditions under which the employment relationship will end. Often, these agreements include a release of claims, where the departing employee agrees not to sue the employer for any potential legal claims related to their employment.  Components...
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Can My Employer Monitor My Emails and Internet Usage at Work?

November 17, 2023 Legal Team
In California, employees generally have a reasonable expectation of privacy, even in the workplace. However, this expectation may be diminished when using company-provided resources such as email accounts and work computers. Consent and Notification Employers in California are often required to notify employees if they intend to monitor their electronic communications, for example, in...
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Can Employees Refuse to Work Under Certain Conditions?

November 7, 2023 Legal Team
While employers have the authority to set workplace policies, there are situations where employees can refuse to work under specific conditions without facing adverse consequences. Right to Refuse Dangerous Work When work conditions are life-threatening or present a risk of severe injury, you may have the right to refuse to work due to the...
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Bullying at the Workplace

November 1, 2023 Legal Team
Workplace bullying is a pervasive issue that can have profound effects on both employees and company culture. If you find yourself experiencing bullying at work, it's essential to understand your rights, recognize the signs, and take proactive steps to address the situation.  Recognizing Workplace Bullying Workplace bullying refers to repeated, harmful, and targeted behaviors...
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