Monday, February 26, 2024

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Vacation Policy: Employer Has Latitude, But Beware of Illegal Impacts

Can we have different vacation policies for different worksites and for different groups in the same office? Yes, California employers may establish different vacation policies...

Bereavement Leave for Complex Family Relationships

My employee wants to use California’s new bereavement leave after the death of the father of her child — with whom she lived but...

No Mention of Appliances in Wage Orders Governing Working Conditions

An employee is complaining about not having enough room in the break room refrigerator for a lunch. Just what is the employer supposed to...

How to Track Family Leave When Workweek Includes a Holiday

We have an employee that is currently on California Family Rights Act (CFRA)/Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave and will be using leave...

Even in ‘At-Will’ California, It’s Wise to Follow Disciplinary Process

We opened up an office in California recently. We have a couple of problem employees, but I heard California employment is “at-will” and we...

Reporting Time Pay: When It’s Owed Depends on Circumstances

My employee showed up for her shift in the wrong safety equipment, then later went home sick after clocking in for 30 minutes. Do...

Steps to Follow When Providing Lactation Accommodation to Employee

One of my employees is returning from pregnancy leave and is asking for lactation accommodations. What must we do to accommodate this employee? Both federal...

Pay Data Reporting Depends on Usual Business of Client, Contractor

I own a cabinet making and installation company. Last year, my employees spent several days installing cabinets in the offices of a large tech...

Timing of Meal Breaks Can Avert Strict Liability for Violations

Our employees start work at 8 a.m. The owner of the company requires that meal breaks start at 1 p.m. While I have told...

‘Clopening’ Schedules Generally OK for California Workers

Is there a minimum amount of time required between an employee’s shifts? Can an employee be required to work a late shift one night...