Best Practices For California Employers

AB 331 known as the “Silenced No More Act,” was approved by the Governor on October 7, 2021, and its provisions applies to employment agreements, such as severance agreements, settlements agreements, or a release of claims.  Here are five items employers should understand about AB 331:

1. When does AB 331 take effect?

AB 331

As we enter the holiday season, it is a good time to review employer’s obligations to accommodate requests for time off for holidays and best pay practices during the holiday season.  This Friday’s Five covers five reminders for employers about holiday leaves and pay:

1. California employers are not required to provide employees time off

Labor Code section 226 requires that employers provide to employees semimonthly or at the time of each payment of wages, either as a detachable part of the check, or separately if wages are paid by personal check or cash, accurate itemized statements in writing.  The Labor Code refers to these documents as “itemized statements”, but

In working with employers are various sizes, backgrounds, sophistication, and industries, I’ve seen a lot of confusion and simple misunderstandings about what constitutes employee discipline and how to properly document employee performance issues or discipline.  This Friday’s Five reviews five common misunderstandings about discipline and documentation:

Misconception #1: If there was no formal write-up put

I’ve been working with several clients recently in reviewing various timekeeping and payroll systems and am amazed about the limited capability for some of the software being offered to employers.  With employees’ access to computers, point of sale systems, tablets and other technology, timekeeping should be a seamless function within a company in 2021, but

California passed a wave of new laws in 2018 relating to the #metoo movement, many of which prohibit confidential settlement agreements or disclosure of allegations related to sexual harassment in the workplace.  This Friday’s Five post is a review of five areas impacted by these prohibitions of certain terms in settlement agreements, which illustrate the