Friday, February 15, 2019

Dialogue with Employee Key Part of Deciding Whether to Extend Leave

Our employee has used up all of her Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, but called today to request an extension of time. Do...

Employers Can Keep Drug-Free Workplace, Despite Weed Legalization

With the new law in California legalizing marijuana, what are our obligations and rights? California’s new law on recreational marijuana can create some difficulties for...

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...

Different Policies for Different Departments Sometimes Acceptable

Our company wants to create different policies for different departments within the company, such as requiring professional business attire for our office employees but...

Employers Should Investigate Hostile Work Environment Claims

My employee came to me complaining of a “hostile work environment,” which appears to be a verbal situation, not one of sexual harassment. Am...

Reason for Travel Determines Whether Travel Time Must Be Paid

Our hourly employees report to work at the office and then travel from one work location to another using their own car, and we...

New Requirements for Paying Piece-Rate Employees for Rest Breaks

What are the requirements for compensating piece-rate paid employees for rest breaks and other nonproductive time? A number of recent California and federal cases regarding...

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...

Policy Determines Vacation Accrual During Probationary Period

If an employee is terminated before completing a 90-day probationary period, do we have to pay accrued vacation? Yes, in most instances you are required...

How to Calculate Rest Break Payment for Piece-Rate Workers

We pay our employees by piece rate. What is this I’m hearing about paying additional wages for the rest break? Is this true and...

Rest Breaks May Not Be Combined Except in Limited Circumstances

My employees all work an 8-hour day. It’s my understanding that when an employee works an 8-hour day, he or she is entitled to...

Safety/Health Recordkeeping Mandates Change for Some Industries

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised the industrial classification index relating to partially exempt and nonexempt industries for recordkeeping purposes....

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...

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...

How to Allow Employees to Take Vacation Before Accruing the Time

I want my employees to have 10 days of vacation each year, but I don’t want them to have to wait to use it...

Law Requires Advance Warning of Mass Layoffs for Some Employers

We are a small employer. Do we have to provide any advance notice to employees if we are going to lay them off? The answer...

Use of Megan’s List Forbidden for Employment Purposes

We did a background check on an applicant and it came back that he was a registered sex offender. Now we do not want...