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Employee Leaves of Absence

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Pregnancy Disability Leave Employers who employ five or more people must provide four months of pregnancy disability leave for any employee who is disabled by pregnancy and/or pregnancy-related condition per pregnancy. In addition to pregnancy disability leave, the birth of a child also may qualify…

Meal & Rest Periods

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One common issue for employers is compliance with California’s law regarding meal periods and rest periods.  This issue, however, can turn into a very expensive problem.  For example, let’s say a particular company employs five people at the California minimum wage of $8 per hour. …

Itemized Wage Statements

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Each time that wages are paid, a California employee must the employee with an itemized statement that shows the following nine pieces of information: 1.              Gross wages earned, 2.              Total hours worked (unless the employee is exempt from overtime requirements), 3.              If the employee is…

Uniforms & Tools

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The term “uniform” includes wearing apparel and accessories of distinctive design or color.  Ordinary work clothes are not considered uniforms when the employees have free choice of what to wear. When the employer specifies the design or color or requires that an insignia be affixed,…

Tip & Gratuities

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“Gratuities” include any tip, gratuity, money, or part thereof that has been paid or given to or left for an employee by a patron of a business over and above the actual amount due the business for services rendered or for goods, food, drink, or…

Pay Days

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Wages must be paid according to a regularly set schedule. (Labor Code § 207)  When employees work overtime during a pay period, the payment of the overtime wages may be delayed to the next regular payday. (Labor Code § 204)  All earned wages must be…

Five Common Mistakes of Employee Handbooks

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1.              Containing material that is unrelated to the employer. For example, any policy that the employer does not enforce and any procedure that the employer does not follow should be removed. follow 2.              Inconsistencies with other documents.  When an employee handbook conflicts with a provision…

Employer Records

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Employers must keep accurate records of the time worked by their non-exempt employees.  Common ways of keeping time records include: writing out the time worked; punching a time clock or using a computer login program.  No matter how they are created, time records must show:…

Access To Personnel Records

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Not only do employers have a duty to keep certain employee records, they have a duty to give current, former and prospective employees access to their personnel file. An employee has the right to inspect any records that are used or have been used to…