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Best Practice to Have Written Waiver for Each Meal Break Skipped

I have a group of employees who always work a six-hour shift. They’ve told me that they don’t want to take their meal break...

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...

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...

Options for Paying Outside Salesperson Include Hourly or Salary Basis

I usually see information about paying outside salespeople commission payments. Is it OK to pay a salary and follow the minimum salary rules for...

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...

Reasons to Run Consumer Background Check After Making Job Offer

Can we run a consumer background check on an applicant before making a job offer? We would like to screen out applicants before making...

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...

Employing a Minor: Overview of Work Permit, Form I-9 Requirements

What are the work permit and I-9 requirements for employing a minor in California? California Work Permit With limited exceptions, a work permit is required in...

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...

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...

New Legal Name/Social Security Number Not Good Cause for Firing

What do I do about an employee who comes to me with a new name and a new Social Security number? Can I terminate...

Potential Family Leave Act Factors in Time Off for Grandchild’s Birth

My employee wants to take federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave when her daughter has a baby. Can I deny her request? Typically,...

Severance Pay Doesn’t Disqualify Workers from Unemployment Benefits

Why was my former employee granted unemployment insurance benefits when I am already paying her full wages for the next six months as severance...

Paid Family Leave Optional for Employers with Fewer Than 50 Workers

My employee has come to me and asked to take Paid Family Leave to be with his new baby. He says he’s entitled to...

Paid Family Leave Waiting Period Waived for Delayed Baby Bonding

My employee took a pregnancy disability leave for three months, and then came back to work as soon as she was released by her...

Use of Megan’s List Forbidden for Employment Purposes

We did a background check on an applicant and it came back that he was a registered sex offender. Now we do not want...

City Ordinances in LA, SF Limit Use of Criminal Background Checks

Are there any local laws that affect criminal background checks? Employers conducting criminal background checks in California are limited by state and federal law in...