Labor Commissioner Issues Opinion Letter on California Paid Sick Leave Question

Source:HRWatchdog, CalChamber's Employment Law Blog
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Date: August 14, 2015
Written by:Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

The Labor Commissioner's office recently issued an opinion letter regarding California's new paid sick leave (PSL) law. The opinion letter answers questions relating to how employers provide "24 hours or three days" of PSL when you have employees that don't work a traditional 8 hour day schedule. How does the law work, for instance, if you have workers with an alternative workweek schedule of four 10 hour days or part-time employees who work six hour shifts?

The essence of the opinion: whichever application of the law provides the most benefit to the employee is the one which should be applied. READ MORE . . .

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UFW Getting Active - Notices of Intent to take Access Filings

From the middle of July, the United Farm Workers has been active in filings of Notices of Intent (NOI) to Take Access with the ALRB.  See attached a blank NOI form.  Before it is valid, it must be filed with an ALRB office, and have an ALRB stamp in the upper right hand corner.  The labor organization must deliver a copy of the NOI to the agricultural employer, the manager or to the supervisor. Read more . . . .

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Beware of Strangers - Control Access to Fields!

Most of you are aware that Cal OSHA recently settled an old lawsuit filed by UFW charging inadequate enforcement of the Heat Illness Prevention standard. That settlement included a memorandum of understanding in which Cal OSHA is required to investigate any reports by UFW staff of non-compliance found among agricultural employers.

UFW is now sending representatives to fields under the guise of educational outreach to workers on heat illness prevention. They have been active in the Fresno region. Read more . . . .

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