Monday, June 17, 2019

Overtime Exemption for Inside Sales Employees Not Like Others

Our exempt inside sales employees make a salary plus commission. Do the salary deduction limitations for exempt employees apply to these employees? No, the salary...

Time Off for ‘School Appearance Leave’ Applies to All Employers

My administrative assistant just came to me and said she had to leave for the day because she got a call from her son’s...

New Rules from Standards Board Range from Specific to General Areas

As the owner of a small manufacturing business, I would like to know if there were any new regulations adopted by the Occupational Safety...

New Rule Allows Use of Tractor-Mounted Worker Transport Carrier

We are an agribusiness specializing in row crops. Has Cal/OSHA amended Section 3441 to permit the use of devices attached to the three-point hitch...

Vacation Accrual During Leave Depends on Policy, Nature of Leave

Does the law require us to continue to accrue vacation for an employee while he/she is on a leave of absence? Whether an employee accrues...

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...

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...

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)...

When Dealing with Older Worker, Focus on Job Performance Concerns

Our employee is over 65 years old and he seems shaky physically; it is taking him longer and longer to get his job duties...

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...

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...

Make Sure Grooming Standards Consider Job Needs, Protected Practice

Our receptionist came in after the holiday weekend with “crazy hair.” She dyed it bright pink—it isn’t remotely a natural color. Can we ask...

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...

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...

State Expands Protections for Assistive/Support Animals in Workplace

My employee asked to bring his rat with him to work. He says the rat is a “support animal” that helps him deal with...

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...

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...