Friday, July 1, 2022

Things to Consider When Deciding on Disability Leave Extension

We have an employee who has been out on disability for almost a year, but we can’t let him go because he’s on disability....

Child Care Issues Can Prompt Move to Create Alternative Schedule

My hourly employee asked for a flexible schedule where she would work four 10-hour days instead of five eight-hour days due to child care...

Steps to Take When Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

What am I required to do when an employee tests positive for COVID? • Notify employees and employers of subcontracted employees who were on the...

Make Sure Holiday Pay Policies Spell Out Details of Company’s Intent

My company has a holiday policy that simply lists the holidays that the company observes, but it doesn’t state how much people get paid...

Minimum Wage Hikes Effective January 1 Include Local Rate Increases

I just heard West Hollywood passed a local minimum wage ordinance. How do local minimum wage ordinances interact with the statewide minimum wage and...

State Prepares to Make It Easier to Find All Crane Safety Requirements

What is happening with the safety orders for cranes, derricks and hoisting equipment? The Cal/OSHA Standards Board is proposing to consolidate in one location the...

Allowing Use of Sick Time for Vacation Could Prove Costly for Employer

My employee wants to take a few days off to take a trip with her family, but she is out of vacation time. Can...

Classifying Long-Term Worker as ‘Temporary’ May Cause Problems

I hired a temporary worker a few months ago. I saw that under work classifications, a temp’s time can be extended for one additional...

How to Handle Paystub Listing for COVID Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

I read that the California COVID Supplemental Paid Sick Leave expired on September 30, but I haven’t seen anything about the requirement to list...

Answers to Common Questions about Completing Form I-9

As employers are again hiring, a number of questions have arisen concerning the Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form). The following questions and answers...

When Employee Chooses to Work from Home, Who Pays the Costs?

As a result of COVID-19, many of my employees have been reluctant to come into the office to do their jobs. In an effort...

Applicant’s Workers’ Comp Claim History Can’t Be Used for Screening

We work in an industry that is at a higher risk for workplace injury. In an effort to keep our workers’ compensation costs lower,...

Who Pays Cost of Employee COVID Testing or Vaccination?

If I require an employee to go get a COVID test, or to be vaccinated, who pays the costs of testing or vaccination? Do...

Wildfire Safety Training, Other Topics at Cal/OSHA Training Academy

As an employer located where there is potential for extensive wildland fires, where can I find information about complying with the wildfire smoke safety...

Interactive Process Key to Accommodating Employee with Disability

We have a new hire who, after being hired, disclosed a physical disability. She indicated that we need to accommodate her, and I have...

Clearing Confusion About Current COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules

Each day I see new reports on what the requirements are for wearing masks at work. How do I figure out what my company...

What to Do When Employee’s I-9 Work Authorization Document Expired

Can an employee work beyond the expiration date of a work authorization document? The answer to the question depends on whether the right to work...