Salaries Legally Too Low

I’m always a bit confused about how much I must pay my salaried employees but my lowest paid is currently earning $56,000.  [click to read more …]

Ignore the Title

I’m interviewing applicants for a position and one has told me they’d prefer to call the position something else. I’m not really comfortable with the new title suggested. What do I tell them?  [click to read more …]

Labor Commissioner’s Office Stays Busy

California’s Labor Commissioner focuses on money due employees. It is considered wage theft when an employer doesn’t ensure employees receive every penny to which they are legally entitled. This often comes up when certain costs are deducted from wages and end up below the minimum wage, when a company doesn’t pay all the extra premiums or overtime due, etc.  [click to read more …]

Approaching Holidays

How do I make sure I have enough employees working over the holidays?  [click to read more …]

Let Me Count The Ways of CFRA

When talking with companies, we frequently find they have an employee who has been absent for a number of weeks or months. They are actually calling to find out how to bring that time off to a close. Too often, we have to inform them the time off has only begun because they didn’t do the paperwork to be able to legally count all that previous time off.  [click to read more …]

Up or Down

I have an employee who isn’t doing well in his job. I want to cut back on his wages to better match his value to us. Is this legal?  [click to read more …]

Return of Property

I provide my employees with things like tools and a laptop. Can I deduct the cost of that property from their final paycheck if they don’t return it?  [click to read more …]

Tools and Equipment

I prefer having employees use their own tools for work because they tend to take better care of them and I have the added benefit of saving money.  [click to read more …]

No Surprises

Employees don’t always like surprises and, in most cases, you really don’t want to surprise your employee unless you’re handing them a bunch of money. Don’t be surprised if nearly every other surprise could become a problem.  [click to read more …]

Special Clothing

I’d like my employees to wear certain clothing for work. What can I require?  [click to read more …]