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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...

Where to Put Posters When Employees Work in Clients’ Homes

We have a home health business and our employees travel directly from their home to the client’s home. We are unable to post the...

No Need to Reverify Expired Green Cards (Permanent Resident Cards)

In auditing our I-9 file, we found that an employee has an expired green card. Can we require that she provide a current card? No....

Options to Consider When ‘Temp’ Employee Becomes Longer-Term

I hired a number of employees to work on a short-term project for me. I classified them as “temporary” and therefore not eligible for...

Develop Policy on Referrals to Ensure Consistent Practices

Is an employer prohibited from providing a reason for separation when verifying past employment? No—an employer can provide reasons for separation/termination, but many employers are...

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...

Dress Codes Must Be Applied in Nondiscriminatory Manner

Can I have a separate dress code for men and women? For years our company has had a separate dress code for men and...

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...

State Meal/Rest Break Rules Include Limited, Industry-Specific Exceptions

  Are there any exceptions to California’s meal and rest break rules? As California employers know, employees in California are entitled to a 30-minute off-duty unpaid...

How to Analyze Time Off Options for Employee at Small Company

We are a small company of 29 employees. Do we have to provide time off work for an employee to care for her daughter? The...

Accommodating Pregnant Employees in Potentially Risky Work Spaces

We have a pregnant employee working in the plant where there are a lot of chemical exposures. Her doctor has not restricted or limited...

Factors to Keep in Mind When Rehiring Furloughed Employees

We are gearing up to restart our business soon. We furloughed several employees. Are there any concerns about rehiring? When we furloughed these people,...

Work with Employee on Reasonable Accommodation for Health Issue

Our employee is having seizures but continues to work and doesn’t ask for any accommodations; what are our obligations? First and foremost, the health and...

New Form I-9: Answers to Common Questions

On January 31, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published and posted on its website a new Form I-9, which employers...

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...

Sick Leave Accruals May Vary Based on Hours Worked

Will all employees earn three days or 24 hours of paid sick leave each year no matter how many or how few hours they...

Handling Vacation Deductions for Exempt Employee’s Part-Day Absence

Is a deduction from an exempt employee’s vacation bank for a partial day’s absence limited to increments of four or more hours? No! In 2005,...