At our law firm, we provide advice to a wide variety of Northern California private and public employers about the employee-employer relationship, including under what circumstances it may be illegal under state or federal law to fire someone. It is wise for employers to have some basic understanding of the laws related to wrongful termination as employer-employee relationships begin and evolve.
A hotly debated legal issue in California is how to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. The answer to the question in any given situation determines what responsibilities the hiring entity has toward the worker regarding working conditions, hours, pay, termination, workers' compensation and other perks, benefits and protections.
Throwing an annual holiday party can be a good way to boost employee morale and show appreciation for your staff's hard work. However, when poorly planned, it can also put your company at risk for liability.