The Importance of Having Written Employment Policies

Meal & Rest Breaks

October 14th, 2018

The Importance of Having Written Employment Policies

Application & Hiring, CA Employee Handbooks, Harassment & Discrimination, Leaves of Absence, Meal & Rest Breaks, Paid Sick Leave, Personnel Files, Reasonable Accommodation, Wage & Hour Issues

I was recently retained by a new client to defend the company against wage and hour charges brought by a former employee that were filed with the California Labor Commissioner’s office. As I do whenever I get a new client, I asked if they had an employee handbook or other written personnel policies. Unfortunately, they did not. This makes it much more difficult to defend against employment claims brought by employees. The failure to have written policies may be taken as evidence that you do not comply with your legal obligations.

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April 23rd, 2018

Translating Your Employee Handbook And Other Key Documents

Application & Hiring, Arbitration, CA Employee Handbooks, Confidentiality & Privacy, Harassment & Discrimination, Leaves of Absence, Meal & Rest Breaks, Reasonable Accommodation

I’ve previously written about the importance of distributing employee handbooks, employment arbitration agreements and confidentiality agreements to your workforce. However, if you have employees who have little English literacy, it is important that you also provide translations of these key documents to your non-English speaking employees.

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January 1st, 2017

California Supreme Court Rejects On-Duty And On-Call Rest Breaks

CA Employee Handbooks, Meal & Rest Breaks, Wage & Hour Issues

On December 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court addressed two related issues: (i) whether California law requires employers to permit off-duty rest breaks – that is, time during which an employee is relieved from all work-related duties and free from employer control, and (ii) does an employer satisfy its obligation to relieve employees from work-related duties and employer control if the employer requires its employees to remain on-call during rest breaks.

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