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How Not to Make Sure Someone Is an Independent Contractor

Earlier, I noted both the serious consequences for treating employees as an independent contractor and gave a rule of thumb for telling the difference. Here is what you should absolutely not do if you are trying to make sure that … Continue reading

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Getting paid for sleeping at work

  California workers who spend the night as part of their job won a big victory last week. According to our state supreme court, an employer that makes its employees spend the night on the job must pay them for … Continue reading

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BYO? No, no.

According to a California court yesterday, employers may not require employees to use their own cell phones for work. Or at least not without paying them. That paying-them part may prove hard. The California Labor Code requires an employer to … Continue reading

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Caregivers to get overtime

Big changes are under way for caregivers and their employers. Up until now, caregivers in disabled people’s homes have been exempt form overtime under¬†California and federal law so long as they spend the bulk of their time actually giving care. … Continue reading

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What about sales staff stocking shelves?

A while back, I posted about a recent California court ruling about auto repair shops paying its mechanics by the job. The court said that the shops also had to pay the mechanics minimum wage for all the time that … Continue reading

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Store managers who work the floor entitled to overtime

Store managers often do the same work as their employees. They work the cash registers, respond to customer inquiries, even stock the shelves. While doing this more menial work, they can still do the things that managers are supposed to … Continue reading

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Paying employees by the task becomes more difficult

Paying employees by the job rather than by the hour has just become much more difficult. Employers can legally pay their employees a piece rate, so that they get paid by the work accomplished instead of by the time spent … Continue reading

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