Saturday, December 15, 2018

Check Instructions for Electronic Reporting of 300A Injuries/Illnesses

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a mandate that employers with 20 to 249 employees must submit their Form 300A...

Use Compensation for On-Call Duty When Figuring Regular Rate of Pay

When employees are on call, we pay wages for time spent on a call, plus $100 just for being on call. Is this $100...

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...

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...

Issues to Consider If You Cut Short a Quitting Employee’s Time at Work

An employee who has been something of a problem for the company came to me today, and stated that she was quitting. She told...

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 Law Grants Registered Domestic Partners Right to Protected Leave

My employee wants to take time off to take care of his ill, longtime live-in girlfriend. I know there are laws that allow time...

Hotel Housekeeping Safety Plan Must Be in Writing

I own a small motel and bed and breakfast. How are the new regulations adopted by the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB)...

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...

Dialogue with Employee Key Part of Deciding Whether to Extend Leave

Our employee has used up all of her Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, but called today to request an extension of time. Do...

Law Requires Advance Warning of Mass Layoffs for Some Employers

We are a small employer. Do we have to provide any advance notice to employees if we are going to lay them off? The answer...

Smaller Firm Employee: Job-Protected Leave as New Parent, Not as Son

I operate a fairly small business (we have 35 employees), and I recently had an employee come to me asking to take a few...

New Parent Leave Act Applies to Employees Not Subject to FMLA/CFRA

How does the New Parent Leave Act interact with the federal Family Medical Leave Act/California Family Rights Act? Beginning January 1, 2018, California’s New Parent...

Form I-9: Use of Document Receipt OK for Limited Circumstances/Time

When completing an I-9 Form to verify work eligibility, can an employee show us receipts for documents instead of presenting the documents themselves? If...

New Rules from Standards Board Range from Specific to General Areas

As the owner of a small manufacturing business, I would like to know if there were any new regulations adopted by the Occupational Safety...

Labor Code Includes Exceptions for Listing Hours Worked on Paystub

One of the criteria to be listed on the check stub is total hours worked. We have outside salespersons who do not keep time...

Employers Can Keep Drug-Free Workplace, Despite Weed Legalization

With the new law in California legalizing marijuana, what are our obligations and rights? California’s new law on recreational marijuana can create some difficulties for...