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Small Firm Eyes Medical Leave Policies to Put in Employee Handbook

We are a small company of 30 employees. Are we required to have a medical leave policy in our employee handbook? Many different types of...

Factors for Employers to Consider When Making Holiday (Pay) Plans

If we close our worksite for a holiday, do we have to pay our employees for the day? The answer depends on the employer’s policies...

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...

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...

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...

Hotel Housekeeping Safety Plan Must Be in Writing

I own a small motel and bed and breakfast. How are the new regulations adopted by the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB)...

Request to ‘Cash Out’ Unused Sick Leave Raises Questions for Employer

Last July 1, my company gave all of our employees 24 hours of sick leave in a lump sum in order to comply with...

Correcting Underpayment in Paychecks ASAP May Limit Penalties

Due to an error with our payroll system, one of our employees was accidentally underpaid on the last payday. How can we correct this?...

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...

California Dramatically Increases Penalties for Violations

I saw that the penalties are increasing for Cal/OSHA violations. Can you clarify what these increases entail? In a budget trailer bill this year (SB...

Anti-Discrimination Section in Paid Sick Leave Law Can Affect Policies

My company has had a policy for years that requires employees to work the day before and the day after a holiday in order...

July 1 Local Minimum Wage Hikes Don’t Change Exempt Salary Test

A local minimum wage applies to our nonexempt employees. When the minimum wage increases on July 1, does that mean the salary test for...

City Ordinances in LA, SF Limit Use of Criminal Background Checks

Are there any local laws that affect criminal background checks? Employers conducting criminal background checks in California are limited by state and federal law in...

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...

Progressive Discipline Best Remedy for Workplace Cellphone Abuse

We are having problems with employees taking long rest breaks. These employees take their cellphones and go to the restroom for long periods of...

Let Workers’ Compensation Insurer Check on Claim Validity

One of my employees came to me today and said his back was sore and that he hurt it while moving some equipment, so...

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...