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Minimum Pay Requirements If Employees Sent Home Early

Can I send employees home early if there is not enough work or for disciplinary reasons? If I can, should I just pay them...

Terminating Employee Who Has Given Two Weeks’ Notice

My employee gave two weeks’ notice that she is quitting, but I want to end her employment today. Will that turn her quit into...

Guns at Work: California Law Differs from Many States

My employee has a concealed carry permit and wants to bring his gun to work. He says if I don’t allow it in the...

GPS Tracking of Employees Raises Privacy, Penal Code Questions

Am I legally permitted to track the location of my employees using a GPS device on a cellphone or vehicle? Monitoring employees through a GPS...

Employers May Cap PTO Accrual If Reasonable Time Frame Given

Our company provides a paid time off (PTO) policy to meet the paid sick leave requirement. The company plans to cap the PTO accrual...

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...

Steps to Consider When Employee Leaves Behind Personal Belongings

My employee quit without notice and left behind in her office some framed family photos and a few large pieces of artwork. What should...

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 Calculate Accrued Vacation Due When Employment Ends

I know accrued vacation has to be paid out at termination, but is there a formula to calculate exactly how much is owed? Vacation...

School Activities Leave Now Includes Child Care Provider Provision

Do I have to provide time off work to an employee who wants to go on their child’s class field trip if I already...

Only Qualified Representative Can Complete Form I-9 for Remote Hires

My office is located in San Francisco and I am hiring an employee who will work remotely in San Diego. Can I contract with...

Pregnancy Disability Leave: Returning Employee Has Right to Same Job

Do I have to give an employee her job back after her return from maternity leave? California law requires employers of five or more to...

California Law Requires Employers to Pay Employees’ Expense Claims

Can we have a policy that employees’ expense claims must be turned in by a certain time period, and if the employee doesn’t meet...

Does School Activities Leave Law Include High School Graduation?

Do I have to allow my employee to attend her grandson’s high school graduation? We approved her request 2 months ago but now we...

September 30 Deadline for Reporting EEO-1 Compensation Data

What is the EEO-1 Component 2 data and how do I know if I have to report? The EEO-1 annual compliance survey requires certain employers...

In California, All Time Worked Must Be Paid, Even If It’s Only Minutes

Our nonexempt employees answer texts and calls after-hours. Is this work time and how much time would we pay for a 5-minute call, for...

Let Workers’ Compensation Insurer Check on Claim Validity

One of my employees came to me today and said his back was sore and that he hurt it while moving some equipment, so...