The Laws of Workplace Safety – Pt. 1

This page details the California laws that keep employees safe at work. If you want to know the basics regarding Cal-OSHA regulations that apply to your job, this post will give you the details that you are looking for. The above video was created by California employment lawyer, Branigan Robertson. You can watch it on this page, or click here to view it on YouTube.

This is Part 1 of a four part series that Mr. Robertson is making on workplace safety.

  • Video 1 – The Laws of Workplace Safety (for employees)
  • Video 2 – How to Report an Unsafe Work Environment
  • Video 3 – Retaliation for Reporting Unsafe Conditions at Work 
  • Video 4 – If you got hurt on the job, here is what you should do….

Once Mr. Robertson finishes filming each video, he will come back to this post and insert a link so you can jump to the video that is most helpful for you. But you should watch them in order as each one lays a foundation that is key to understanding the next one.

We Will Answer the Following Questions:

These videos are made to answer the seven most common questions lawyers get about workplace safety, including the following:

  1. What laws protect the safety of workers?
  2. What are your rights if your employer is breaking OSHA’s laws?
  3. How should you report unsafe conditions?
  4. Who do you report to: HR, your boss, or OSHA?
  5. How much money can you win if you get fired for reporting safety violations?
  6. What happens if you get hurt on the job?
  7. How do you get compensated for the time off work following an injury?

Stay tuned for more information!

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How to Save Text Messages from Your Boss or Co-workers for an Employment Lawsuit – Pt. 4

Should you save those scandalous text messages that you receive from your boss or co-workers? The answer is yes. This video and webpage is about how to do it properly so that if you have to take legal action down the road those text messages will help prove your case. Saving good documents, like emails and text messages, can mean the difference between losing your case, and winning millions of dollars in punitive damages.

This video is Part 4 in Branigan’s video series called, “How to Document Bad Behavior at Work.”

This video series is especially important if you feel like your legal issues fall within one of the following categories:

If you would rather watch this video on YouTube, click here.

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How to Save Company Documents in Preparation for an Employment Lawsuit – Pt. 3

Mr. Robertson just released his latest video on how employees should save company documents while they are still employed. Employees should save these documents if they suspect something unlawful is happening at work and they want to protect themselves. This video covers when you should save documents, why it is helpful, what documents you should save, and how you should save them to avoid getting in trouble.

This video is Part 3 in the video series, “How to Document Bad Behavior at Work.”

This video series is especially important if you feel like your legal issues fall within one of the following categories:

If you would rather watch this video on YouTube, click here.

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How to Save Emails for an Employment Lawsuit – Pt. 2

In this video employment lawyer Branigan Robertson details how and why people should save important emails from work if they suspect they are the victim of unlawful retaliation, harassment, or discrimination. Mr. Robertson explains when employees should start saving emails, what emails they should save, several strategies on how to save them, and why emails can increase the value of your case.

This video is Part 2 in a four-part series called “How to Document Bad Behavior at Work.” The first video was about taking good notes while at work. This video focuses exclusively on emails. The next video is about taking company documents. The final video is all about text messages. All of these videos are very important so if you’re still employed I recommend you watch all of them! Here are links to each video:

Part One – “How to take Notes on Bad Behavior at Work

Part Three – “How to Save Company Documents for a Lawsuit

Part Four – “How to Save Text Messages for a Lawsuit

Emails are Key to Winning Employment Cases

Emails are the most common type of evidence in employment cases. That makes so much sense because most of our modern workplace communication is done via email. But so many clients call our office after being fired and they didn’t keep any documents! This is terrible as it makes it much harder to pursue your case without any supporting documentation. While it doesn’t ruin the case, it makes it much harder to pursue justice.

This four-part video series is especially important if you feel like your legal issues fall within one of the following categories:

If you would rather watch this video on YouTube, click here.

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How to Document Bad Behavior at Work – Pt. 1

This video details how employees like you should properly document bad behavior at work so you can protect yourself down the road if legal action becomes necessary.

In the video, employment attorney Branigan Robertson talks in depth about when you should take notes, what they will be used for, what you should write down, three strategies that are best for how you should write them down, and he discusses best practices.

This video gives simple guidelines that might dramatically help you preserve key evidence (facts, dates, witnesses, events, and occurrences) that will be important later on. If your boss, manager, or coworker is treating you poorly, this video is an essential watch.

This video is part 1 in a four-part series called “How to Document Bad Behavior at Work.”

This video series is especially important if you feel like your legal issues fall within one of the following categories:

If you would rather watch this video on YouTube, click here.

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Can an Attorney Save Your Job if You Have a Legal Issue?

We get calls all the time from folks who are still employed but they are facing a significant legal issue at work. Whether it is harassment, retaliation, or something else, folks want to know if a lawyer can step in and help them. We get this question so often that Mr. Robertson decided to make a video about it.

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Can Laid Off Workers (During COIVD-19) Get Their Jobs Back?

California workers laid off during the pandemic just got a little boost of hope. On April 16, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 93 into law, which went into effect immediately. The law requires employers to give rehire preference to qualified workers laid off during the pandemic.

This is good news for employees laid off in industries hit hard by the pandemic: hospitality, airports, private clubs, restaurants and hotels.

Keep reading this article to learn a little about this new California law. If you were laid off during the pandemic, or you are experiencing another type of employment issue such as harassment or retaliationcall our office to schedule a consultation.

What This New Law Says (Senate Bill 93)

Senate Bill 93 updates Labor Code §2810.8. The law states that an employer is required:

“To offer its laid-off employees specified information about job positions that become available for which the laid-off employees are qualified, and to offer positions to those laid-off employees based on a preference system, in accordance with specified timelines and procedures.”

Senate Bill 93

For purposes of this law a “laid off employee” is anyone who was employed for six months or more in the 12 months before January 1 2020, and whose separation was related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Does the Law Apply to You?

Simply put, if you were terminated because of the pandemic, you could be legally entitled to your old position. Types of layoffs covered by this statute include:

  • Downsizing
  • An order to close from a government agency
  • A lack of business
  • Other non-disciplinary reasons

What if Multiple Laid Off Employees Qualify for a Single Position?

If two laid off employees are entitled to the same position, the employer shall offer the position to the laid-off employee with the greatest length of service.

The law, as currently written, will remain in effect until December 31, 2024.

What You Should Do if Your Employer is Hiring Again but Won’t Consider You for Your Old Position

The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE aka Labor Board) shall have exclusive jurisdiction to enforce this new law. So, if your employer refused to rehire you for a job that you were laid off of, you should contact the DLSE and file a claim.

The DLSE has the authority to award aggrieved employees the following:

  • Hiring and reinstatement rights
  • Front pay or back pay for each day during which the violation continues
  • Value of the benefits the laid-off employee would have received under the employer’s benefit plan

We hope this article has been helpful. Take care!

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