Author: Ellen Savage, J.D.

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Posted in FMLA/CFRA

Avoid Surprises by Checking in with Employee During Family Leave

Is there any requirement to notify an employee in writing when their federal and/or state family leave is ending? Employers are not required to provide…

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Posted in Benefits Disabilities

Lower Base Period Wages Can Affect Expected Disability Benefits

A fairly new employee is out on a medical leave and receiving state disability insurance, but the weekly benefit she’s getting is far less than…

2052
Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Who Pays Cost of Employee COVID Testing or Vaccination?

If I require an employee to go get a COVID test, or to be vaccinated, who pays the costs of testing or vaccination? Do I…

1880
Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Time Off

Don’t Deny Vacation Due to Recent Use of COVID Sick Leave

My employee used most of her COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave over the last couple of weeks. Now she wants to take a week’s vacation….

2454
Posted in Meal and Rest Break

Premium Pay Penalty Due When Employee Given Late Meal Break

Yesterday our store was very busy, so I could not let my employee leave for a meal break until very late in the day. Do…

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Posted in Benefits COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Employee Quitting Due to COVID May Still Collect Unemployment

I have several employees who have quit for COVID-19-related reasons, including lack of child care and fear of being in the workplace. Why are they…

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Posted in Compensation

Value of Holiday Gift Card May Be Factor in Calculating Pay Rate

I’d like to give my employees gift cards worth a few hundred dollars at the end of the year as a holiday gift. Is the…

2279
Posted in Benefits COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

How Part-Time Return to Work Affects Employee’s UI Benefits

My employee has been on furlough and collecting unemployment insurance (UI). If I bring her back to work part time, what is the maximum number…

Paid Family Leave PFL benefits
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Posted in Paid Family Leave

Paid Family Leave Claims Filed July 1 Gain Two More Weeks of Benefits

My employee had a baby a few months ago, but she wants to wait until July to file for Paid Family Leave (PFL) so she…

An employer may restore all the employee’s essential duties after the immediate crisis has passed, and then evaluate requests for accommodations under the usual ADA rules.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Disabilities

Telework During Pandemic Could Affect Future Remote Work Requests

If an employer allows employees to telework during the COVID-19 pandemic, will the employer have to allow them to continue teleworking after the California shelter-in-place…