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Ellen Savage joined the CalChamber in 1990 and currently serves as an HR adviser. She has been assisting employers on the Helpline since 1993. She was the editor of eight editions of the California Labor Law Digest and author of the CalChamber's California Hiring to Termination Guide. Her experience also includes practicing at a large Sacramento law firm and presenting at dozens of employment law seminars statewide. She holds a J.D. from Lincoln Law School.

Leave, Benefits May Be Available for Employees in Addiction Recovery

Do we need to give an employee protected time off to enter a residential facility for substance abuse recovery? Will she be eligible for...

Get Permission in Writing Before Posting Employee’s Photo Online

Can I choose to post photos of my employees on my company’s website and social media page? Do I need each employee’s consent first?...

New Year, New Labor Laws to Know

The beginning of the new year is a good time for Alert readers to resolve to take a few moments to familiarize themselves with...

How Layoff Affects Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave Benefits

I’m closing down a department in my company and laying off all the employees in that department. One of the employees is on pregnancy...

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...

How to Pay Employee Who Hasn’t Completed Tax Withholding Forms

If an employee quits after working only a day or two, and before completing a W-4 tax withholding form, can we just pay him...

State Law Grants Registered Domestic Partners Right to Protected Leave

My employee wants to take time off to take care of his ill, longtime live-in girlfriend. I know there are laws that allow time...

Form I-9: Use of Document Receipt OK for Limited Circumstances/Time

When completing an I-9 Form to verify work eligibility, can an employee show us receipts for documents instead of presenting the documents themselves? If...

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...

Vacation Accrual During Leave Depends on Policy, Nature of Leave

Does the law require us to continue to accrue vacation for an employee while he/she is on a leave of absence? Whether an employee accrues...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sick Leave Accruals May Vary Based on Hours Worked

Will all employees earn three days or 24 hours of paid sick leave each year no matter how many or how few hours they...

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...