California Labor & Employment Law Blog

Preparing for the Planned May 1, 2006 Labor Strike

April 26, 2006 - 4:28 PM

By: Mark S. Spring

1. What is the May 1, 2006 strike that I have heard about and should I be concerned? May 1 is known as the International Day of the Worker in Mexico. Opponents of recent immigration legislation are using this day to call for "The First American Strike" or "Great American Boycott," a worker strike and boycott to protest recent...
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How to Develop and Implement a Policy

April 13, 2006 - 12:08 PM

Susan M. Heathfield, who writes the blog "About Human Resources" at, has this interesting post on how to develop and implement a policy. New Spotlight Article: When I call our employment law attorney with a question, the first question he asks me is, "Do you have a policy?" The second question is whether...
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California Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Medical Marijuana Case

December 1, 2005 - 10:13 PM

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court granted review of the ruling of the Third District Court of Appeal in Ross v. Ragingwire Telecommunications, Inc. that held an employer did not violate California law for terminating an employee who used marijuana for medical purposes. The lower court held that "because the possession and use of marijuana is...
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How long should California employers maintain employee records?

October 15, 2005 - 12:18 AM

California employers are subject to a myriad of federal and state requirements for the retention of employment records. Here is a brief list of important records employers should maintain and the time periods they should be retained in order to avoid civil penalties and to protect against litigation. This is a general list that pertains...
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New I-9 Form Available

September 21, 2005 - 7:56 PM

The United States Customs and Immigrations Service (USCIS) has recently published the new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers can download the new form at the USCIS website. Employers are required to complete a Form I-9 within three business days of hiring a new employee and are required to retain the forms for three years...
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Verify Employees’ Social Security Numbers Online

September 21, 2005 - 12:00 AM

The Social Security office now offers employers the ability to verify employees' social security numbers online (click here for the website). The site also provides information to employers about their reporting requirements and what to do if the social security number provided by the employee does not match. Registration is required to use the service,...
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Employee Uniforms

June 9, 2005 - 12:15 AM

Question: May I require my employees to wear a particular uniform? Answer: California law allows employers to require employees to wear particular types of clothing or uniforms to work. If an employer requires non-exempt employees to wear a uniform, the employer must pay for and maintain it for the employee. What constitutes a "uniform" is...
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What An Employer Needs To Know About Arbitration Agreements

June 8, 2005 - 11:28 PM

Question: I am considering requiring all new employees to sign an arbitration agreement. What do I need to know to prepare an enforceable agreement? Answer: Many employers view arbitration agreements as a cost-effective and time-saving method for resolving disputes with their employees. In recent years, the Courts have issued differing opinions on whether such agreements...
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