Lakewood Employment Attorneys
The trial attorneys of the Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C. stand ready to fight for the rights of the residents of Lakewood, regardless of whether they are employees or employers. If your cause is just and involves employment law, give us a call to see how we can help.
Lakewood is a city situated in southeast Los Angeles, and is home to more than 80,000 residents. It covers approximately ten square miles. Lakewood’s incorporation was in 1954. Thus, Lakewood is a post-World War II planned community. WWII veterans could get home loans with no down payment and a 30-year mortgage at only 4 percent interest. On the first day of sales, March 24, 1950, an estimated 30,000 people lined up to walk through a row of seven model houses. By the end of April, more than 200,000 people had flocked to the Lakewood Park sales office and more than 1,000 families had purchased homes (30 per day on average). On one occasion, 107 homes were sold in just one hour. The building of Lakewood broke records. Empty fields became 17,500 houses in less than three years. As the unincorporated Lakewood grew to a community of more than 70,000 residents, so grew its municipal needs. Lakewood in 1953 had three choices: be annexed to nearby Long Beach, remain unincorporated and continue to receive county services, or incorporate as a city under a novel plan that continued county services under contract. In 1954, residents chose the latter option and voted to incorporate as a city. With offices in Burbank the Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C. is just minutes away from Lakewood. Our employment lawyers stand ready to provide world-class services and top-notch representation to the residents of Lakewood.
Ways To Identify The Best Employment Lawyers in Lakewood
Lakewood boasts a vibrant community, and when it comes to legal representation, the choices are abundant. A quick online search for “employment lawyer Lakewood” or “wrongful termination attorney Lakewood” will inundate you with paid advertisements from lawyers far and wide. Selecting the right attorney, one with the essential expertise and experience, can indeed feel like navigating a maze when your only guide is a digital ad. Enter the Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C., where we rise above the competition with a profound commitment to excellence. Our team of attorneys collectively boasts nearly two decades of experience, and our track record speaks volumes about our prowess. Whether you’re an employee seeking justice or an employer in need of astute legal counsel, our attorneys have consistently delivered success in the realm of employment law. What truly sets us apart is our unwavering dedication to quality over quantity. Unlike many law firms that chase after every case that comes their way, we take a different approach. We prioritize depth over breadth, ensuring that each case we take on receives the utmost attention and expertise it deserves. At Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C., every client is more than just a number; they’re a unique legal challenge we are determined to conquer. With our conveniently located offices just minutes away from Lakewood, we are poised and ready to provide residents with legal representation of the highest caliber. When you choose us, you’re not just hiring an attorney; you’re gaining a dedicated partner in your pursuit of justice.
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Should non-exempt employees in California receive compensation for being on call? The answer to this question depends on how the on-call employee is spending his or her time while on-call for the employer. According to the law: "On-call waiting time may be compensable if it is spent primarily for the benefit of the employer and its business." Gomez v. Lincare, Inc. (2009) 173 Cal.App.4th 508, 523. “A determination of whether the on-call waiting time is spent predominantly for the employer's benefit depends on two considerations: (1) the parties' agreement, and (2) the degree to which the employee is free to engage in personal activities." Gomez v. Lincare, Inc. (2009) 173 Cal.App.4th 508, 523. What Defines the “Waiting Time?” In today’s day and age, employers and employees rarely enter into formal employment agreements, much less ones which spell out in detail how an employee is to spend his or her time while on call. Therefore, in many cases, it is important to examine the degree to which the employee is free to engage in personal activities. To do this, the answers to the following questions should be considered: Is the employee subject to any on-premises living requirement? Is the employee subject to any geographical restrictions which limit his or her movements? How frequently does the employee get calls while on-call, and is this unduly restrictive for the employee? Is there a fixed time within which the employee is required to respond, and is this unduly restrictive for the employee? Can the ... Read more
Leave it to a lawyer to answer a question with a question, but the question "are tips considered wages" can only be answered with another question – "For what purpose?" In this blog we will examine common scenarios involving tips that lead to the question being asked, "are tips considered wages?" What Exactly Do You Mean By "Tip"? It is important to begin our analysis by defining what a "tip" actually is. Under California law, a "tip" or a "gratuity" is money "that has been paid or given to or left for an employee by a patron of a business over and above the actual amount due the business for services rendered or for goods, food, drink, or articles sold or served to the patron." California Labor Code §350. Are Tips Considered Wages for the Purpose of Minimum Wage? No. In California, an employer cannot use an employee's tips as a credit towards its obligation to pay the minimum wage. California law requires that employees receive the minimum wage plus any tips left for them by patrons of the employer's business. Labor Code Section 351. Are Tips Considered A Part of Wages for Determining the Proper "Overtime" Rate? No. Since tips are voluntarily left by the customer of the business and are not being provided by the employer, they are not considered as part of the regular rate of pay when calculating overtime. Are Tips Considered Wages for the Purpose of Taxable Income? According to the Internal Revenue Service, all ... Read more
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