Wednesday, December 12, 2018

New Laws to Expand Ban on Smoking in Workplace in June

What is the law in California about smoking in the workplace? California employers may not knowingly or intentionally permit the smoking of tobacco products at...

Safety/Health Recordkeeping Mandates Change for Some Industries

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised the industrial classification index relating to partially exempt and nonexempt industries for recordkeeping purposes....

How to Use Pregnancy Leave in Conjunction with Other Leave Laws

How can we accommodate an employee’s request for additional time off to care for her son when she has just returned from pregnancy disability...

Time Off to Attend Funeral Not Eligible for State/Federal Family Leave

I operate a business with close to 100 employees, and one of my long-term employees recently informed me that his mother passed away, and...

Timelines for Presenting Final Paycheck, Handling Unclaimed Wages

When is a final paycheck due, and what if the employee never picks up the final pay? All wages and accrued vacation or paid time...

Guns at Work: California Law Differs from Many States

My employee has a concealed carry permit and wants to bring his gun to work. He says if I don’t allow it in the...

Reason for Travel Determines Whether Travel Time Must Be Paid

Our hourly employees report to work at the office and then travel from one work location to another using their own car, and we...

California Law Requires Employers to Pay Employees’ Expense Claims

Can we have a policy that employees’ expense claims must be turned in by a certain time period, and if the employee doesn’t meet...

Use of Megan’s List Forbidden for Employment Purposes

We did a background check on an applicant and it came back that he was a registered sex offender. Now we do not want...

How to Handle Unpaid Wages for Unmarried Deceased Employee

I recently had an unmarried employee pass away. Can I just send his unpaid wages and vacation wages to his son? If your employee was...

State Adopts Multiple New Safety/Health Regulation Packages

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

New Requirements for Paying Piece-Rate Employees for Rest Breaks

What are the requirements for compensating piece-rate paid employees for rest breaks and other nonproductive time? A number of recent California and federal cases regarding...

Pregnancy Disability Leave: Returning Employee Has Right to Same Job

Do I have to give an employee her job back after her return from maternity leave? California law requires employers of five or more to...

Where to Put Posters When Employees Work in Clients’ Homes

We have a home health business and our employees travel directly from their home to the client’s home. We are unable to post the...

Documenting Poor Performance Useful in Discrimination Claim Defense

We have a seasonal employee we have rehired every year for the past few years. He had a workers’ compensation claim last year but...

School Activities Leave Now Includes Child Care Provider Provision

Do I have to provide time off work to an employee who wants to go on their child’s class field trip if I already...

How to Pay Injured Employee for Medical Treatment Time

One of my employees got hurt at work during regular hours, and we sent him to the doctor for treatment. He didn’t finish getting...