Saturday, September 22, 2018

Employer Obligations When Employees Pump Breastmilk at Work

One of my employees recently had a baby and is asking for several breaks during the day to pump breastmilk. What do I need...

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...

Paying Nonexempt Employees on Salary Basis Poses Risks for Employer

If I change a salaried exempt employee to salaried nonexempt, may that employee’s salary be less than the minimum threshold for a salaried exempt...

Paid Family Leave Optional for Employers with Fewer Than 50 Workers

My employee has come to me and asked to take Paid Family Leave to be with his new baby. He says he’s entitled to...

Best Practice to Have Written Waiver for Each Meal Break Skipped

I have a group of employees who always work a six-hour shift. They’ve told me that they don’t want to take their meal break...

Employer Parental Leave Obligations May Differ in San Francisco

Am I required to provide time off and pay an employee while he/she is on parental leave? There is a lot of confusion about what...

New Rule Targets Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has developed a regulation addressing workplace violence protection in health care. I am the HR director...

City Ordinances in LA, SF Limit Use of Criminal Background Checks

Are there any local laws that affect criminal background checks? Employers conducting criminal background checks in California are limited by state and federal law in...

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...

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...

Make Sure Grooming Standards Consider Job Needs, Protected Practice

Our receptionist came in after the holiday weekend with “crazy hair.” She dyed it bright pink—it isn’t remotely a natural color. Can we ask...

Obtaining Information on Minors Subject to Special Restrictions

Can we do a background check on a minor? A background check may involve different issues, so it is important to know who you are...

Calculating Baby Bonding Time When Parents Work for Same Employer

I have two employees who are unmarried, but who have had a child together. Both employees have been with my company (which has more...

Some Parts of New Federal Overtime Rule Don’t Apply in California

Can California employers count bonuses and commissions toward the new federal salary requirement? Can employees in California be classified as exempt under the “highly...

Severance Pay Doesn’t Disqualify Workers from Unemployment Benefits

Why was my former employee granted unemployment insurance benefits when I am already paying her full wages for the next six months as severance...

Latest Regulation Packages Cover Skylights, Circular Saws and More

As the owner of a small manufacturing company, I would like to know if the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Board) has adopted...

Premium Pay Applies Just Once Daily Per Missed Break/Meal

Please explain how the meal and rest break premiums are paid. When an employer fails to provide two rest breaks and two meal breaks...