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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...

Changes Brewing in Safety/Health Rules Due to Conformity Mandate

I hear there is a new law revising what is considered a serious injury and the requirements for complaint investigations. What are the changes? As...

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...

Employers/Co-Workers Now May Seek Gun Violence Restraining Order

What is a gun violence restraining order, and how does the new law (AB 61) on gun violence restraining orders affect employers? Employers have a...

Small Firm Eyes Medical Leave Policies to Put in Employee Handbook

We are a small company of 30 employees. Are we required to have a medical leave policy in our employee handbook? Many different types of...

Factors for Employers to Consider When Making Holiday (Pay) Plans

If we close our worksite for a holiday, do we have to pay our employees for the day? The answer depends on the employer’s policies...

Bereavement Leave Potential Option for Time Off After a Miscarriage

Do employees have a right to use bereavement leave after a miscarriage? Employers are not required by law to offer bereavement leave to their employees....

Redo of Rules for Fire Fighter Protective Clothing Inching Ahead

What is the status of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) Standards Board review and revision of the regulations for fire fighters’...

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...

Canceling Shifts on Short Notice May Lead to Reporting Time Pay

How much notice must I give my employees that I’m canceling a shift in order to avoid paying reporting time? Anytime an employee reports to...

When Foster Care Leads to Adoption, Just One Family Leave Applies

I have an employee who is going through counseling to become a foster parent. Is she eligible for the federal Family Medical Leave Act...

How Deadline Extension Affects Timing of Harassment Training

I just read that the Governor signed a new law that changes the timing for the new sexual harassment training. What are the new...

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...

Required Use of Paid Vacation Instead of Unpaid Time Off Generally OK

My employee asked for a few days off for a vacation with her family, but wants to take it unpaid rather than using the...

Standards Board Has Multiple Regulatory Changes in Pipeline

As the owner of a small manufacturing business, I would like to know if there are any new regulations being considered by the Occupational...

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...

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...