The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the agency responsible for enforcing federal laws on employment discrimination. If your company is facing an investigation from the EEOC, it is imperative that you take the situation seriously. One of the biggest mistakes employers make is waiting until a lawsuit is filed to take action. As soon as you receive notice that your business is being investigated by the EEOC, you need to contact an experienced San Jose employment law attorney.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Fair Pay Act into law on October 6, 2015. The law, which will take effect on January 1, 2016, takes aim at the gender wage gap in California. In the text of the bill, the legislature cited data from a U.S Census Bureau report that women employed full-time year-round in California made 84 cents to every dollar a man earned in 2013.
Unpaid internships have historically been a way for students or recent graduates to gain valuable experience with the possibility of future employment. In the United States, two-thirds of students have completed at least one internship before they graduate from college and nearly half of all internships in the country are unpaid. However, unpaid internships have recently become more controversial following several lawsuits claiming that such programs constitute a violation of state and federal wage laws. While most of these lawsuits have involved the use of unpaid interns in the entertainment, media, and fashion industries, some private-sector businesses have decided that having interns is simply not worth the risk.
California businesses have a lot to consider when investigating or screening potential employees. There are many gray areas without crystal clear guidance from the law. However, the law does provide some general principles which will keep you safe. Therefore, the wisest approach is to let an attorney assist you in setting a company-wide policy that follows these general principles.