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A Look at Drug Testing, Privacy Rights and Last Chance Agreements

My employee provided a doctor’s note for recent time off that included information that he was out due to “cocaine poisoning.” With this information,...
Labor Law Corner Lisa Guzman HR Adviser

Unlawful to Deduct an Outstanding Loan from Employee’s Final Pay

What can an employer do when an employee leaves a company but has an outstanding loan owed to the company? Can the amount of...

Final Wages to Fired Employee Should Include Reporting Time Pay

Late during the shift one afternoon, I discovered one of the employees had been stealing from the company. I immediately sent him home. When...

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...

Avoid Surprises by Checking in with Employee During Family Leave

Is there any requirement to notify an employee in writing when their federal and/or state family leave is ending? Employers are not required to provide...

Standards Board to Consider Update to Required First-Aid Kit Contents

I hear that the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Board) will be considering a revision to the requirement to obtain a physician’s approval...

Mental Stress Leave: Time with Employer Among Eligibility Factors

During the past two years, we’ve had several employees claiming they are dealing with depression and anxiety/stress. Can they file for leave under the...

Harassment Outside of Work? Employer Still Must Respond to Complaint

One of my supervisors just reported to me that they received complaints about harassment from a coworker but did not report them to us...

Absence Due to Workers’ Comp Injury May Qualify for Family Leave

I have an employee who was injured at work, and his doctor put him on leave for the next three months. The employee filed...

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...

Lower Base Period Wages Can Affect Expected Disability Benefits

A fairly new employee is out on a medical leave and receiving state disability insurance, but the weekly benefit she’s getting is far less...

Toxic Substance Exposure Requires Record Retention for 30 Years

As a manufacturer of products containing small amounts of toxic or harmful substances listed on the Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS),...

Things to Consider When Deciding on Disability Leave Extension

We have an employee who has been out on disability for almost a year, but we can’t let him go because he’s on disability....

Child Care Issues Can Prompt Move to Create Alternative Schedule

My hourly employee asked for a flexible schedule where she would work four 10-hour days instead of five eight-hour days due to child care...

Steps to Take When Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

What am I required to do when an employee tests positive for COVID? • Notify employees and employers of subcontracted employees who were on the...

Make Sure Holiday Pay Policies Spell Out Details of Company’s Intent

My company has a holiday policy that simply lists the holidays that the company observes, but it doesn’t state how much people get paid...

Minimum Wage Hikes Effective January 1 Include Local Rate Increases

I just heard West Hollywood passed a local minimum wage ordinance. How do local minimum wage ordinances interact with the statewide minimum wage and...