Navigating Forever Chemicals and Your Workplace

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In today’s ever-evolving legal landscape, California employment law has continually adapted to address new challenges and protect the rights of workers across the state. One such challenge that has garnered significant attention in recent years is the issue of “forever chemicals.” These chemicals, known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), may pose serious health risks […]

Rest Breaks for Workers in California

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Rest breaks for workers in California: What you need to know In California, employees are entitled to rest breaks and meal breaks under the state’s wage and hour laws. These laws are enforced by the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).[1] Employees are entitled to one paid 10-minute rest break for every four hours […]

Employment Law Standards in California

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At Matern Law Group, we are passionate about fighting for the rights of employees who have been victimized by unfair, discriminatory, or illegal practices in the workplace. We are proud to represent plaintiffs in a wide range of employment law cases, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour disputes. One of the landmark […]

California Sick Leave Laws

California Sick Leave Laws

One area of particular concern for many employees and employers is sick leave. Under the California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, most employers in the state are required to provide their employees with paid sick leave. This means that employees are entitled to accrue paid sick leave at a rate of one hour […]

The Rights of Independent Contractors in California: What You Need to Know

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In California, the laws and regulations governing independent contractors in California are complex and can be difficult to navigate. In this blog post, we will explore the rights of independent contractors in California and how they can be protected under the law. First, it is important to understand how independent contractors are defined in California. […]

The Journey of Small Business Founders: Navigating Challenges and Celebrating Success

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Starting a small business is no small feat. It takes a unique blend of passion, determination, and grit to turn an idea into a thriving venture. Small business founders are the driving force behind innovation, job creation, and economic growth. In this blog post, we will explore the journey of small business founders, the challenges […]

Commemorating Women’s Equality Day in California Through the Lens of Employment Laws

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As August 26th approaches, we prepare to honor Women’s Equality Day, an occasion that reminds us of the strides made in the fight for gender parity. At Matern Law Group, we champion workplace equality for all under the ambit of California’s robust employment laws. A Historical Milestone for Progress Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage […]

Protecting Our Future: Combating Child Labor in California

Protecting Our Future: Combating Child Labor in California

Child labor is a pressing global issue that can infringe upon the rights and well-being of children, jeopardizing their education, health, and future prospects. While significant strides have been made to eradicate exploitative child labor practices, some of these instances continue to persist, even in developed regions such as California. As an employment law firm […]

Understanding Disabilities in the Workplace: The Importance of Inclusion

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Inclusion is a key aspect of any organization’s success. Although the concept applies to many areas of business, it is of particular significance when it comes to employing individuals with disabilities. Discrimination against people with disabilities is a long-standing problem in the workforce. To improve diversity and promote equity, employers must create a workplace culture […]

Environmentalism at Work: Why California Employees Should Take Action

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The fight for environmentalism is no longer just a battle waged outside of work. As a California employee, you spend more than eight hours of your day in a workplace that could be contributing to the ongoing climate crisis. Therefore, it’s worth considering making changes within your workplace to address the environmental impact that your […]

The True Significance of the 4th of July for Workers

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As we prepare for the 4th of July in California, here’s a reminder of what the holiday is all about, the history behind it, and the impacts it has had on workers. Originally known as Independence Day, this holiday is dedicated to commemorating the United States’ independence from Great Britain in 1776. However, most people […]

Celebrating Pride Month: Advancing Workplace Equality for the LGBTQ+ Community

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Pride Month is an annual celebration that honors the LGBTQ+ community’s achievements and promotes the ongoing fight for equality. While significant progress has been made over the years, there are still challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals, particularly in the workplace. Matern Law Group, a leading employment law firm representing plaintiffs in California, stands strong in […]

Celebrating Juneteenth: Honoring Freedom and Promoting Equality in the Workplace

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Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is an annual commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. It holds immense historical and cultural significance, marking the end of slavery and the ongoing struggle for civil rights. As we celebrate Juneteenth, it is crucial to reflect on its relevance in the context […]

Matern Law Group Celebrates Its 2023 Southern California Rising Stars Honorees

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Matern Law Group is proud to work with an unparalleled group of high-caliber attorneys and is thrilled to highlight its magnificent seven on the “2023 Rising Stars” list. In a variety of employment and consumer law matters, Matern Law Group has earned a reputation for litigation excellence. The firm has successfully represented employees and consumers […]

Honoring Those Who Serve: Employment Law Protections for Service Members

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As Memorial Day approaches, we at Matern Law Group take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who have served and continue to serve our country. This holiday is a time to honor those who gave their lives in service, and it is also an opportunity to consider the rights and freedoms […]

Save Mart Supermarkets Class Action Lawsuit

Save Mart Class Action Lawsuit

Save Mart Supermarkets is facing a class action lawsuit alleging that it illegally terminated health benefits for retirees and their spouses. The lawsuit alleges that Save Mart breached its fiduciary duty in April 2022 when it decided to stop paying $500 monthly health reimbursements to the retirees and their spouses, despite having previously represented the […]

Equal Pay Day & The Equal Pay Act

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Equal Pay Day Equal Pay Day is an annual event that highlights the ongoing wage gap between men and women. It is observed in the United States and other countries around the world on different dates each year, depending on how long it takes women to earn the same amount of money that men earned […]

Celebrating Harriet Tubman’s legacy

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At Matern Law Group, we are proud to celebrate Harriet Tubman Day, which is observed annually on March 10th to honor the life and legacy of one of America’s most revered civil rights icons. Harriet Tubman was a remarkable woman who risked her life to help hundreds of enslaved people escape to freedom through the […]

Exercising Your Rights to Religious and Federal Holidays from Work

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Religious holidays Taking time off work for religious holidays can be a complicated matter, as it often involves balancing the needs and obligations of one’s faith with the requirements and expectations of one’s job. In the United States, federal law provides certain protections for employees who need to take time off for religious observances. The […]

Boston Market Restaurant Employees Win Class Certification

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On Wednesday, January 11, 2023, a California judge granted certification of a class of hourly restaurant employees who allege improper wage and hour practices at Boston Market Corporation restaurant locations in California. Boston Market Corporation is a fast casual restaurant chain specializing in rotisserie chicken meals. During the relevant time period, Boston Market Corporation operated […]

What Is Quiet Firing and Is It Legal?

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If you have opened a social media app in the last few years, you have undoubtedly heard the term “quiet quitting.” This viral term is used by employers and employees alike to describe putting in the bare minimum effort at one’s job. More recently, the term “quiet firing” has been trending, drawing attention to employers […]

Facing Failure to Hire Discrimination

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Could you be a victim of failure to hire? Finding the right candidate can be challenging for employers, but some companies employ unfair hiring practices as they assess and interview applicants. Fortunately, both federal and state protections exist to shield workers from discriminatory practices during and after the interview process. Review the facts about failure […]

California Mental Health Accommodations in the Workplace

Individuals from all backgrounds and experiences should be able to fully participate in all aspects of society, including employment. Many state and federal laws uphold this principle. And when it comes to individuals with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) were enacted to help ensure […]

California Pregnancy and Maternity Leave Laws: Your Rights Explained

California Maternity and Pregnancy Leave Laws

New parenthood can be exhilarating, but it can also make everyday activities more challenging, including work obligations. If you are a new or expecting parent, you deserve to rest. California maternity leave laws protect your right to take much-needed rest associated with pregnancy or welcoming a new child into your household. If you need maternity […]