Tag: Southern California

Employment Law Tip: Paying Employees in a Disaster

The wildfires that have flared up in Southern California are a grim reminder that disaster can strike at any time and result in unexpected workplace closures. A special provision in the Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders permits you to send nonexempt employees home—without having to pay a reporting-time premium—in any of these situations: Operations can’t […]

Health and Safety: Cal/OSHA Warns Employers About Bogus Inspectors

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) is warning employers about recent incidents in which a man has allegedly impersonated a Cal/OSHA inspector and defrauded restaurant owners. The incidents have occurred in Southern California and in Roseville (near Sacramento).

The Wage-Hour Risks of an Electronic Leash

  Many of our employees carry company-issued cell phones, PDAs, and laptop computers. And, unfortunately, some of our managers have made full use of this technology by calling and e-mailing their subordinates at all hours of the day and even on weekends. I’ve become concerned that we could have a wage and hour problem on […]

Wage and Hour: Were Bonus Deductions for Workers’ Comp Losses and Cash Shortages Illegal? Exercise Caution with Deductions

In calculating profit-based bonuses for certain store employees, Ralph’s Grocery Co. subtracts the store’s workers’ compensation costs as well as cash and merchandise shortages. David Swanson, a former Ralph’s store manager in Southern California, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of himself and other employees challenging these bonus deductions. He claimed the grocer violated […]

News Notes: Big Overtime Settlements Reached

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced two sizable overtime settlements with Southern California employers. VCI Telecom Inc., an Upland telecommunications company, has agreed to pay $1,074,375 to settle charges levied by the DOL for not paying overtime to 227 employees. And flooring and tile company Lambard Inc., based in Ontario, will fork over $228,156 […]