Friday, September 21, 2018

Minimum Pay Requirements If Employees Sent Home Early

Can I send employees home early if there is not enough work or for disciplinary reasons? If I can, should I just pay them...

Terminating Employee Who Has Given Two Weeks’ Notice

My employee gave two weeks’ notice that she is quitting, but I want to end her employment today. Will that turn her quit into...

How to Calculate Accrued Vacation Due When Employment Ends

I know accrued vacation has to be paid out at termination, but is there a formula to calculate exactly how much is owed? Vacation...

California Law Requires Employers to Pay Employees’ Expense Claims

Can we have a policy that employees’ expense claims must be turned in by a certain time period, and if the employee doesn’t meet...

How to Pay Injured Employee for Medical Treatment Time

One of my employees got hurt at work during regular hours, and we sent him to the doctor for treatment. He didn’t finish getting...

Guns at Work: California Law Differs from Many States

My employee has a concealed carry permit and wants to bring his gun to work. He says if I don’t allow it in the...

Rules for Pay During Suspension of Nonexempt Employee

What are the rules for paying a nonexempt employee during a suspension? A nonexempt employee may be suspended without pay. This is true whether the...

California Dramatically Increases Penalties for Violations

I saw that the penalties are increasing for Cal/OSHA violations. Can you clarify what these increases entail? In a budget trailer bill this year (SB...

Steps to Consider When Employee Leaves Behind Personal Belongings

My employee quit without notice and left behind in her office some framed family photos and a few large pieces of artwork. What should...

School Activities Leave Now Includes Child Care Provider Provision

Do I have to provide time off work to an employee who wants to go on their child’s class field trip if I already...

Only Qualified Representative Can Complete Form I-9 for Remote Hires

My office is located in San Francisco and I am hiring an employee who will work remotely in San Diego. Can I contract with...

Pregnancy Disability Leave: Returning Employee Has Right to Same Job

Do I have to give an employee her job back after her return from maternity leave? California law requires employers of five or more to...

Employers May Cap PTO Accrual If Reasonable Time Frame Given

Our company provides a paid time off (PTO) policy to meet the paid sick leave requirement. The company plans to cap the PTO accrual...

GPS Tracking of Employees Raises Privacy, Penal Code Questions

Am I legally permitted to track the location of my employees using a GPS device on a cellphone or vehicle? Monitoring employees through a GPS...

Surrogate Pregnancy: Same Protections, Leave Rights Generally Apply

One of my employees is a gestational surrogate. What leave laws would apply to her? A gestational surrogate is someone who carries a pregnancy and...

Answers to Common State Disability Insurance Questions

How long can an employee collect State Disability Insurance (SDI)? Will SDI benefits be reduced if an employee collects sick, vacation or Paid Time...

Opinions Can Differ on What’s a ‘Reasonable’ Cost for Work Shoes

My company is in the manufacturing industry, and due to the nature of the business, our employees are required to wear safety shoes at...