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Jan 09 2017
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Oregon Sick Leave law: Are we required to provide more time off?

Q: We give employees the choice of whether to apply paid time to sick leave absences or hold on to it for vacation. Several employees used up all of their protected leave for vacation, but now they’re calling in sick. Do we have to give them more time off for sick leave or can we count the absence under our attendance policy?

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Jan 03 2017
Q&ATermination & ResignationWage and Hour  

Can we deduct from a final paycheck for a missing laptop?

Q: We recently had to terminate a remote employee and he has refused to return his laptop. Can we take the cost of the laptop out of his final paycheck?

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Dec 27 2016
Q&AWage and Hour  

Q&A: Can employers prohibit supervisory level employees from discussing wages?

Question: We have a supervisor who won’t stop talking about his wages; can we stop him from doing this?

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Dec 22 2016
Harassment & Discrimination  

New California law mandates gender-neutral single-user bathrooms

Starting March 1, 2017, new legislation approved by California Governor Jerry Brown will require public single-user bathrooms to be designated as “all-gender.”

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Dec 21 2016
Wage and Hour  

Employer fined $1.1 million for wage and hour violations

An anonymous tip led the California Labor Commissioner’s Office to investigate a residential care company in San Diego. The investigation into the employment practices of Family Residential Care LLC and Del Cerro Assisted Living resulted in a $1.1 million fine for the employer.   The investigation revealed numerous violations of state laws on minimum…

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Dec 20 2016
DisabilityLeave LawsTermination & Resignation  

Q&A: Risky to discipline for performance problems upon return from leave

Question: One of our employees is elderly, and he is currently out on medical leave for surgery. He has had performance issues, but we haven’t written him up for it. He’s an at-will employee, so can I demote him or eliminate his position because of his performance issues? He didn’t completely fill out his medical certification, so is he even entitled to take medical leave?

 

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Dec 15 2016
Wage and Hour  

DOL challenges court’s freeze of overtime rules

The battle over the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s overtime rules isn’t over yet.

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Dec 12 2016
Wage and Hour  

Changes to EEO-1 Report finalized for 2018

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced final changes to its EEO-1 Report, which will require covered employers to report pay data and hours worked beginning in 2018. The new form is consistent with the agency’s latest proposal, on which we previously reported. Here are the highlights: No EEO-1 Reports will be…

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Nov 28 2016
Wage and Hour  

Alert: Judge blocks rule increasing salary for workers exempt from overtime

A federal district court has temporarily blocked a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regulation that would have taken effect on December 1, 2016, and raised the minimum salary for workers who are exempt from overtime. The ruling applies nationwide. The judge’s action buys more time for the parties to argue whether the…

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