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Can My California Employer Install Surveillance Cameras in the Workplace?

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

It is not uncommon for employers in California to install surveillance cameras in the workplace to monitor their employees. However, certain types of video recordings are prohibited by California law. Generally, whether or not an employer can legally install video cameras in the workplace depends on the location of the recording as well as… Read More »

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Worth fighting for: the dignity of work.

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

by Shelly Cannon  The dignity of work matters. Basic rights such as being treated well and compensated fairly are accorded to employees in America. But that isn’t always the case. As attorneys who specialize in employment law, Zein E. Obagi, Jr. and his team at Obagi Law Group, P.C. know this better than anyone…. Read More »

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Can You Be Fired for Your Social Media Posts in California?

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

What does California’s employment law say about firing an employee for their social media posts? Can your employer legally terminate your employment for something you posted on social media? The answer to this question is, “It depends.” Since California is an at-will employment state — and California Labor Code 2922 states that at-will employees… Read More »

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Can My California Employer Fire Me for Smoking Marijuana?

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

As of December 2020, using marijuana is legal for all adults in 11 states, while 34 states allow marijuana use for medical purposes. California is one of the states where marijuana is legal for recreational use, which begs the question, “Can employees be fired for smoking marijuana in California?” The answer depends on a… Read More »

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Everything You Need to Know About California Employment Laws Regarding Holiday Paid Time Off and Reasonable Accommodations

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

As the holiday season approaches, it is a good idea to remind employers and employees of their rights and obligations during this time of year. Are California employers required to accommodate employees’ requests for time off for holidays? Are employees entitled to paid time off for holidays? Are employers required to pay their employees… Read More »

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Best of Los Angeles Award names attorney Zein E. Obagi, Jr., one of Los Angeles’ 100 Most Fascinating People of 2020

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

LOS ANGELES (December 2, 2020) — Zein E. Obagi, Jr., lead counsel at Obagi Law Group, P.C., added to his list of honors in 2020 as the Best of Los Angeles Award named him one of Los Angeles’ 100 Most Fascinating People of 2020. The honor comes on the heels of The National Trial… Read More »

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Can You Be Fired for Your Political Views or Activity in California?

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

California’s designation as an at-will employment state means an employer can terminate an employee for any reason, so long as that reason is not illegal. In a year when politics and civil protest have dominated the headlines, a topic worth visiting in 2020 is whether employers can fire employees in California because of the… Read More »

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California Employees Who Test Positive for COVID-19 Now Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

On Sept. 17, 2020, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 1159, defining an employee’s COVID-19 illness as an occupational injury and allowing employees who test positive for the virus to seek workers’ compensation benefits. However, specific criteria must be met in order to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits as a nonessential employee who… Read More »

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How to Prove Unlawful Retaliation in California

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

Workplace retaliation is prevalent not only in California, but across the nation. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions (EEOC), employees filed nearly 40,000 retaliation claims in 2019 — more than half of all types of charges filed with the agency last year. Under California law, it is illegal for an employer to punish… Read More »

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Commercial Debt Collection in Los Angeles

By Obagi Law Group, P.C. |

Business owners, especially those starting out, have many responsibilities and often wear different hats while running their businesses. In many instances, to grow their customer base, commercial businesses grant credit to their customers or allow for deferred payments for their products or services. At the federal level, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act seeks… Read More »

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