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Sharon Novak joined the CalChamber in 2021 as an employment law expert. She previously practiced employment law in firms in Montana and Chicago, served as employment counsel for a national company based in California, and assisted employers as a director of workplace solutions. Her employment law practice included trial work, professional support to human resources departments, and workplace investigations. She also has developed and conducted seminars on critical employment law issues, including sex and age discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour practices, and wrongful terminations. She holds a J.D. from Gonzaga University Law School.

CFRA/FMLA Leave for Elective Surgeries

My employee is requesting CFRA/FMLA leave to have elective surgery. He is potentially eligible for leave because he has worked full-time for us for...

When Family Leave Time Ends, Other Protected Leaves May Apply

We have an employee who is currently on California Family Rights Act (CFRA) leave. She will exhaust this leave in one week. She has...

Exempt Employees Can Be Required to Work Specific Hours

Our company’s business hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The payroll manager, who is classified as an exempt employee,...

Vacation Policy: Employer Has Latitude, But Beware of Illegal Impacts

Can we have different vacation policies for different worksites and for different groups in the same office? Yes, California employers may establish different vacation policies...

Timing of Meal Breaks Can Avert Strict Liability for Violations

Our employees start work at 8 a.m. The owner of the company requires that meal breaks start at 1 p.m. While I have told...

Private Employers Can Choose Whether to Observe/Pay for State Holidays

California will have three new state holidays in 2023: Juneteenth, the Lunar New Year, and Genocide Remembrance Day. Are we required to give employees...

Employee Arrested While Off Duty? Proceed Cautiously; Gather Facts

One of our employees did not show up for work yesterday and failed to call or otherwise notify us of his absence. We have...

Steps to Take When Audit Reveals Errors in Completed I-9 Form

I am planning to audit our completed I-9 forms. What do I do if I find errors? Good for you! It is a best practice...

Review Expense Reimbursement Policies for Relevance to Remote Work

When the pandemic started, we sent many of our employees home to work remotely. Should we have a policy regarding reimbursement of their expenses? The...

What to Do When Employee Video Records Workplace Accident

An employee used his mobile phone to film a co-worker lying in a pool of blood shortly after a workplace accident. This employee then...