What Is a Demand Letter?

A demand letter is a preliminary tactic used by individuals or entities as an attempt to resolve a dispute, usually over a form of payment owed by one party to another. These letters are an effort by one party involved in the dispute to reach a resolution before taking formal legal action through the courts. It is important to understand how a demand letter works, why one may need to be sent, and what you...
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Is Severance Pay Taxable?

When a person leaves their job, whether because they left voluntarily or because of termination or a layoff, they may attempt to make ends meet through severance pay or any other owed compensation (such as pay time off or accrued vacation time). However, many people have questions about whether severance pay is taxable. After all, taxes are a vital, if unwanted, part of all of our lives. Continue reading to learn more about severance pay...
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Are Unpaid Internships Legal in California?

It is not uncommon for college students and recent graduates to be offered unpaid internships. Often disguised as opportunities to “learn about” their field and make “connections,” unpaid internships can also be ways for companies and organizations to take advantage of free labor. Some estimates say that there are as many as 1.5 to 2 million unpaid interns working in the United States. Many questions often arise about whether or not unpaid internships are legal...
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Can an Employer Fire You for Being Sick?

You may have heard that an employer is free to fire an at-will employee for any reason at all, including missing too much work. After all, employees typically need to be at work to perform their jobs properly. However, California has strict laws in place in order to protect employees from being terminated in certain situations. Along with federal protections in certain situations, state laws can work to protect sick employees. To learn more, read...
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What Is California’s Final Paycheck Law?

California has continuously been on the front lines when it comes to employment law. The rights of employees are vitally important, and the state legislature has passed many laws regarding employee pay. When someone leaves a job, whether because they quit or because they were terminated, they are entitled to prompt payment of their final paycheck. What Does the Law Say? Most states have laws that govern how long an employer has to pay someone...
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