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More Localities Adopting COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave

What are the latest cities/counties that have enacted sick leave ordinances for COVID-19 purposes? In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and since the federal Families...

Biometric Timekeeping: Weigh Benefits Against Privacy Considerations

Are there any California laws or regulations that would prohibit using a biometric timekeeping system that uses a thumb print? There are definitely issues...

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...

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...

Rules for Pay During Suspension of Nonexempt Employee

What are the rules for paying a nonexempt employee during a suspension? A nonexempt employee may be suspended without pay. This is true whether the...

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...

Cal/OSHA Proposes Rule on Employee Exposure to Wildfire Smoke

I am an employer that has been affected directly by the wildfires in California. What is Cal/OSHA...

Alternative Workweek Hours May Start 30 Days After Announcement

Is the 30-day delay from the date of an alternative workweek vote to the institution of the schedule mandatory? Yes, as far as an employer...

How to Pay Injured Employee for Medical Treatment Time

One of my employees got hurt at work during regular hours, and we sent him to the doctor for treatment. He didn’t finish getting...

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...

Use Compensation for On-Call Duty When Figuring Regular Rate of Pay

When employees are on call, we pay wages for time spent on a call, plus $100 just for being on call. Is this $100...

Documenting Poor Performance Useful in Discrimination Claim Defense

We have a seasonal employee we have rehired every year for the past few years. He had a workers’ compensation claim last year but...

New Parent Leave Act Applies to Employees Not Subject to FMLA/CFRA

How does the New Parent Leave Act interact with the federal Family Medical Leave Act/California Family Rights Act? Beginning January 1, 2018, California’s New Parent...

Redo of Rules for Fire Fighter Protective Clothing Inching Ahead

What is the status of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) Standards Board review and revision of the regulations for fire fighters’...

Religious Wear at Work: Interactive Dialogue Best When Questions Arise

Our employee wants to wear a St. Christopher medal on a chain around his neck, which is in violation of our company policy since...

Employers May Incur Sizable Penalties for Incorrect Payday Practices

Our pay periods run from the 11th to the 25th, with the payday being on the 5th of the next month; and from the...

No Definitive List of Disabilities in Federal or California Law

My employee says she has a fragrance sensitivity and is demanding that I purchase unscented products for our cleaning service to use, even though...