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Facebook follows Google by revising its sexual harassment policy

California-based social media giant Facebook announced on Nov. 9 that it is revising its workplace policy and will no longer require employees who make allegations of sexual harassment to settle their claims in private arbitration. Facebook is the second major Silicon Valley employer to make such an announcement in recent days. Alphabet Inc., which is the parent company of Google and many of its former subsidiaries, was the first technology giant to change its sexual harassment policies following a series of worker protests.

Can an employer terminate an injured or disabled employee because their 12 weeks of FMLA leave expired?

The short answer is, "no." An employee cannot terminate a disabled or injured employee just because their FMLA leave expires. At that point, the question becomes whether continuation of the leave beyond 12 weeks is a reasonable accommodation for a disability. In other words, if it doesn't pose an undue hardship on the employer, then the employee must be allowed sufficient time to recover and return to work, with or without further accommodations.

When employers fail to provide mandatory breaks

Many workers in California may have to deal with situations in which their employers deny them a meal break, lunch or rest period no matter how many hours they have worked that day. However, under state law, employers have a responsibility to make sure that their employees receive sufficient breaks during the day. If you're a California worker struggling with denied rest and meal breaks, you may want to know more about the law and how you protect your rights.

Trump's driver sues for overtime pay

California residents may have heard about allegations made by employees or contractors who performed services for Donald Trump about not being paid properly. Trump's former personal driver filed a lawsuit against the Trump Organization asking for 3,300 hours of unpaid overtime over the past six years. Statutes of limitation prevent him from seeking wages from before 2012. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff says that he worked 55 hours a week on a fixed salary.

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