Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Local Ordinances Add Variety to Minimum Wage Requirements

We have employees working a few hours a week in multiple cities and counties. The hours vary so much that we decided to just...

Work with Employee on Reasonable Accommodation for Health Issue

Our employee is having seizures but continues to work and doesn’t ask for any accommodations; what are our obligations? First and foremost, the health and...

Restraining Orders Can Help Employers Maintain a Safe Workplace

We have an employee who is very frightened by another person’s behavior. What can we do? Any concern that an employee may raise in the...

Overtime Pay Still Applies to Work Meetings Scheduled in Advance

My employees normally work Monday through Friday, 8 hours a day, and all are paid hourly for their work. There have been some issues...

Outdoor Workers Subject to Heat Illness Prevention Rule

I have outdoor workers. Have there been any recent heat illness prevention regulation revisions that will affect the way I do business? The last revisions...

Employer Obligations When Employees Pump Breastmilk at Work

One of my employees recently had a baby and is asking for several breaks during the day to pump breastmilk. What do I need...

Rules for Pay During Suspension of Nonexempt Employee

What are the rules for paying a nonexempt employee during a suspension? A nonexempt employee may be suspended without pay. This is true whether the...

Paying Nonexempt Employees on Salary Basis Poses Risks for Employer

If I change a salaried exempt employee to salaried nonexempt, may that employee’s salary be less than the minimum threshold for a salaried exempt...

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...

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...

Employer Parental Leave Obligations May Differ in San Francisco

Am I required to provide time off and pay an employee while he/she is on parental leave? There is a lot of confusion about what...

New Rule Targets Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has developed a regulation addressing workplace violence protection in health care. I am the HR director...

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...

Minimum Pay Requirements If Employees Sent Home Early

Can I send employees home early if there is not enough work or for disciplinary reasons? If I can, should I just pay them...

Employers May Cap PTO Accrual If Reasonable Time Frame Given

Our company provides a paid time off (PTO) policy to meet the paid sick leave requirement. The company plans to cap the PTO accrual...

Make Sure Grooming Standards Consider Job Needs, Protected Practice

Our receptionist came in after the holiday weekend with “crazy hair.” She dyed it bright pink—it isn’t remotely a natural color. Can we ask...

Obtaining Information on Minors Subject to Special Restrictions

Can we do a background check on a minor? A background check may involve different issues, so it is important to know who you are...