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COVID-19 and a New Hire’s Expired Identity Document

We just hired an employee who does not have a current identity document. Her driver license expired on April 1, and she says that...

Why Temperature Checks, Doctor’s Note May Be OK for COVID-19

With the current coronavirus pandemic, I have been wondering what I can do to protect my employees in the workplace. May we take the...

Vacation Policy Factors to Consider During COVID-19 Pandemic

A consequence of the prolonged shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders issued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically reduced travel. As a result,...

Paid Family Leave Claims Filed July 1 Gain 2 More Weeks of Benefits

My employee had a baby a few months ago, but she wants to wait until July to file for Paid Family Leave (PFL) so...

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,...

Remote Workers May Be Subject to Local Wage, Sick Leave Ordinances

If our work site is located in an area where only the California minimum wage rate applies, but due to COVID-19, some of our...

COVID-19 and Form I-9 Requirements

Our offices are closed due to COVID-19 and the shelter-in-place order. We hired an employee who will be working at home remotely until we...

Limits to Conducting Background Checks on Job Applicants

My company uses a background check company to conduct background checks on our applicants. Recently, I received a report that included a felony conviction...

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...

Telework During Pandemic Could Affect Future Remote Work Requests

If an employer allows employees to telework during the COVID-19 pandemic, will the employer have to allow them to continue teleworking after the California...

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...

Wage and Hour Considerations for Remote Workers

How do an employer’s pay obligations differ when an hourly/nonexempt employee is working remotely from home? It’s important to keep in mind that when having...

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...

Medical Proof of Disability Needed to Start Accommodation Process

One of my employees who has been with the company for a few years (and who was about to get written up for failing...

Key Employment Law Issues When Addressing Workplace Illnesses

Our employee has recently returned from traveling in an area where there is an illness epidemic. What can we do to address the employee’s...

Voter’s Choice Act May Be Game Changer for Voting Time Off Rules

My employee wants to take time off to vote in the California Primary Election on March 3. She says I have to pay her...

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...