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Your "on-call" shift may entitle you to wages in California

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Imagine your boss assigned you an on-call shift tomorrow for your position at a retail store. You can't schedule social activities or work at another job because they might need you. Two hours before your shift, you call in, but they cancel your shift and refuse to compensate you.

Employees at Tilly's experienced this exact situation. Their employer failed to report their on-call hours as paid time, which is a violation of California's Wage Order 7. Tilly's argued that "calling in" was not reporting for work. Courts disagreed.

Are you protected from dangerous emotional support animals?

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An emotional support dog bit a 5-year-old girl who tried to pet it at the airport in 2017. The incident sparked a $1.1 million law suit and left the girl's face permanently scarred. In 2018, United Airlines wouldn't let a woman and her emotional support peacock on a flight.

While emotional support animals (ESAs) can help their owners lead normal lives, the legal system is far behind on the subject. That's because emotional support animals are often confused with service animals. This confusion puts bystanders and pet owners at risk.

Do California's strict hands-free cell phone laws keep you safe?

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California lawmakers have been cracking down on cellphone use while driving for years. As of 2017, you can't have your cellphone in your hand for any reason. The goal is to lower the rate of distracted driving, but has it worked?

In California, the number of drivers who use cellphones while driving is up, but the numbers aren't that bad overall.

Is it safer for you to ride an electric scooter or a bicycle?

Hundreds of bicyclists die in crashes every year in the U.S. However, there is not a lot of data available about the dangers of electric scooters (or e-scooters). These scooters are a popular option, especially in Southern California. Are they any safer than bicycles?

Are more people injured on scooters than bicycles?

Your protections as an employee may be scaled back in 2019

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided on January 11 to limit the definition of activities protected under union labor laws in Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. Legal analysts fear that this could leave you and other employees vulnerable for dismissal if you voice complaints or protest unfair practices.

How does Section 7 protect employees?

Second airbag recall: Is your car on the list this time around?

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Last month, we brought you the first airbag recall announcement of 2019 for Toyota vehicles. This month, another major car maker announced their list of vehicles affected by this safety issue.

In 2014, U.S. authorities revealed that the global manufacturer of airbags, known as Takata, had produced defective products. These airbags could deploy incorrectly and result in injuries. This recall is expected to affect more than 70 million vehicles by the end of 2019. Dealerships will provide replacements for defective parts free of charge.

Which cars and trucks are affected by the recall this time? 

Is your employer trying to force you to retire early?

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Did you recently retire due to pressure from your employer? Are you considering retiring earlier than you planned due to workplace pressures? If so, you may be the victim of workplace age discrimination.

Age discrimination is rampant in U.S. workplaces even though it is illegal. Dozens of companies were accused of purposely excluding older workers in Facebook employment ads late in 2017. Additionally, a recent survey published by the Health and Retirement Study that found over half of people who retired in 2014 were "partially or totally forced to retire."

Is your vehicle affected by the 2019 airbag recall?

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By the end of 2019, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration predicts that 70 million vehicles could be affected by the latest Takata airbag recall. In one month alone, 1.7 million vehicles were recalled. Could yours be one of them?

Takata supplied airbags for multiple manufacturers including Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mazda, General Motors, BMW and Ford. Dealerships will provide replacements for defective parts free of charge.

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