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Steps to Follow Before Terminating Underperforming Employee

We have a short-term employee we recently moved into a new position, but he just isn’t “getting it.” His manager wants to terminate him...

National Medical Support Notice Requires Timely Response

I received a National Medical Support Notice for one of my employees. What is this notice and how do I respond? A National Medical Support...

State/Local Laws Restrict Use of Information on Criminal Offenses

An applicant voluntarily disclosed that when he was a minor he had a felony conviction that has since been expunged. Can we refuse to...

Varied Uses of Paid Sick Leave Available Upon Employee Request

How can employees use California’s mandatory paid sick leave (PSL)? Under the Healthy Families, Healthy Workplace Act, California employers are required to allow employees who...

How Part-Time Return to Work Affects Employee’s UI Benefits

My employee has been on furlough and collecting unemployment insurance (UI). If I bring her back to work part time, what is the maximum...

Federal OSHA, Cal/OSHA Add Another Layer of Paperwork

Now that I have to file Form 300A electronically, what do I do with the hard copy? The recent requirement to submit Form 300A data...

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...

Salary Just One Part of California Requirements for Overtime Exemption

I just read an article about paying employees for the time they spend using their personal cell phones for company business, and it said...

How to Handle Unpaid Wages for Unmarried Deceased Employee

I recently had an unmarried employee pass away. Can I just send his unpaid wages and vacation wages to his son? If your employee was...

How to Calculate Rest Break Payment for Piece-Rate Workers

We pay our employees by piece rate. What is this I’m hearing about paying additional wages for the rest break? Is this true and...

New Rule Targets Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has developed a regulation addressing workplace violence protection in health care. I am the HR director...

In-Person Review of I-9 Documents Necessary for Remote Employee

We are hiring an employee out of state who will be living and working more than a thousand miles away. How do we handle...

State Prepares to Make It Easier to Find All Crane Safety Requirements

What is happening with the safety orders for cranes, derricks and hoisting equipment? The Cal/OSHA Standards Board is proposing to consolidate in one location the...

How to Apply New Federal Overtime Rule to Outside Salespeople

Does the new federal salary requirement apply to our outside salespeople who receive a monthly salary? No. Neither federal nor California law require the payment...

Duration of Written Meal Period Waivers Depends on Your Needs

We have employees working 6-hour shifts who want to waive their meal period and employees who want to waive their second meal period after...

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...

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...