Sunday, September 22, 2019

Calculating Sick Leave for Employee with Multiple Rates of Pay

How do I pay for sick leave under California’s new law when an employee has more than one rate of pay? Do I pay...

Factors to Weigh When Employee Out on Disability for Extended Period

We are a small employer (22 employees). Our employee has been on disability for two months. I know we can’t terminate her while she’s...

Biometric Timekeeping: Weigh Benefits Against Privacy Considerations

Are there any California laws or regulations that would prohibit using a biometric timekeeping system that uses a thumb print? There are definitely issues...

Anti-Discrimination Section in Paid Sick Leave Law Can Affect Policies

My company has had a policy for years that requires employees to work the day before and the day after a holiday in order...

Leave Certifications for Lifetime Condition Differ in Federal, State Law

I have had an employee off work on a federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)/California Family Rights Act (CFRA) leave. Her original certification noted...

Previously Worked Overtime Can’t Be Counted as Makeup Time

Can an employee use makeup time if he or she misses a day of work and submits a written request to use overtime previously...

No Definitive List of Disabilities in Federal or California Law

My employee says she has a fragrance sensitivity and is demanding that I purchase unscented products for our cleaning service to use, even though...

Religious Wear at Work: Interactive Dialogue Best When Questions Arise

Our employee wants to wear a St. Christopher medal on a chain around his neck, which is in violation of our company policy since...

How to Calculate Rest Break Payment for Piece-Rate Workers

We pay our employees by piece rate. What is this I’m hearing about paying additional wages for the rest break? Is this true and...

Salary Just One Part of California Requirements for Overtime Exemption

I just read an article about paying employees for the time they spend using their personal cell phones for company business, and it said...

New Paid Sick Leave Law Requires More than Kin Care

I am confused about my obligations under kin care. How do they relate to the new sick leave law? The new state paid sick leave...

Many Factors to Consider When Employing Unpaid Volunteers

Can a for-profit business make use of unpaid volunteers? It is highly unlikely that a for-profit business can make use of unpaid volunteers; the organization...

Scheduling to Accommodate Religious Beliefs: Factors to Consider

My employee just asked to be removed from the schedule for Sundays so she can attend church, and requested to work Saturdays instead. Could...

Many Health Care Providers Can Give Medical Certification of Disability

One of my employees asked to have his work station modified to accommodate a disability of which we were not aware. When we asked...

Visible Tattoos, Other Dress Code Issues Arise in Warmer Weather

We have a strict no visible tattoos policy as we work with a very conservative population. We hired a new employee recently, and when...

Outdoor Workers Subject to New Heat Illness Prevention Rule on May 1

I have outdoor workers. How are recent heat illness prevention regulation revisions going to affect the way I do business? On September 25, 2014, the...

Temporary Driver License Acceptable List B Document for Form I-9

Can an employer accept a temporary driver license as a document for Form I-9 purposes? Yes, according to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS)...