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Second Meal Period in Alternative Schedule Depends on Hours Worked

Our employees elected an alternative workweek schedule of 4/10 hour days. There are two schedules with different beginning and ending times. One group works...

Oil Refineries Focus of New Process Safety Management Regulation

Will the new regulation for oil refineries be in addition to Section 5189, the process safety management regulation adopted in 1992? The scope and application...

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....

Terminating Employee Who Has Given Two Weeks’ Notice

My employee gave two weeks’ notice that she is quitting, but I want to end her employment today. Will that turn her quit into...

Personal Protective Equipment Standards Get California Update

Have there been any recent revisions to the General Industry Safety Orders, Article 10, Personal Protective Equipment? The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, in...

California Law Prohibits Questions About Gender on Job Applications

Our job application asks applicants to state their gender. Is that allowed under California law? California law prohibits employers from asking, either directly or indirectly,...

Employing a Minor: Overview of Work Permit, Form I-9 Requirements

What are the work permit and I-9 requirements for employing a minor in California? California Work Permit With limited exceptions, a work permit is required in...

Check Instructions for Electronic Reporting of 300A Injuries/Illnesses

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a mandate that employers with 20 to 249 employees must submit their Form 300A...

Allergy Claim Triggers Need for Interactive Evaluation of Options

We have an employee who is claiming she’s allergic to various things in the office, but quite honestly, she has been trying to work...

New Reporting/Training Mandate for Businesses Employing Minors

How has the mandate to report suspected child abuse and neglect changed under Assembly Bill (AB) 1963? What are the new training requirements? Several new...

Recording Conversation Requires Permission of All Parties

My employee wants to use her cell phone to privately record a conversation with another employee (without her knowledge). Can she do this? The answer...

Reasonable Accommodations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

How have the interactive process and reasonable accommodations for disabilities changed due to COVID-19? As COVID-19 changes the employment law landscape, government agencies continue to...

Time Off to Care for Healthy Child Not Covered Under Family Leave Act

My company has more than 50 employees, and one of the employees, who is Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)/California Family Rights Act (CFRA) eligible,...

Adopted Wildfire Smoke Regulation Clarifies Employer Obligations

With a new fire season approaching, has Cal/OSHA developed additional regulations to address the hazards and mitigation of employee exposure to wildfire smoke? The emergency...

Cal/OSHA Provides Model Template for COVID-19 Prevention Plan

Where can I find a copy or example of a COVID-19 Prevention Plan? In conjunction with the recent adoption of the COVID-19 emergency regulations, the...

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...

Retroactive COVID Paid Sick Leave Due When Employee Requests It

I have a business with approximately 40 employees, and I just read something that said California passed a law making COVID sick leave retroactive...