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What Are Point Systems for Work Attendance, and Are They Legal?

Many employers have implemented so-called “no-fault” attendance policies that count all absences—regardless of the reason—against employees, with some specific number of absences leading to discipline or even termination. These policies are sometimes called “reasonable attendance policies.”  If these policies do not exclude absences for legally protected reasons, like a disability or using paid sick...

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What Are Your Sick Leave Rights in California?

Everyone gets sick. Unfortunately, rather than showing sympathy for this normal part of the human condition, some employers demand constant and superhuman availability and fire employees for even a few unscheduled absences. Other times, employees are concerned that missing work will jeopardize their chances at promotions and other employment...

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California Passes Covid-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

Even as we see hope on the horizon, employees and their families are still being ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic. Luckily, the California Legislature has seen the impact the pandemic has had on those employees on the front lines and has passed additional emergency relief in the form of...

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Can I take Time Off Of Work To Attend A Drug Or Alcohol Rehabilitation Program?

Thankfully, yes. Millions of hard-working Americans suffer from the disease of alcoholism and/or drug addiction. The California Legislature recognizes this and has specifically passed laws to allow employees to take time off to voluntarily enter a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program. This article will discuss both of them. The...

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Do I Have a Right to Paid Sick Leave?

With the COVID-19 virus still ravaging our communities, the issue of employment sick leave takes on even greater importance for employees, who face a daily struggle with the virus and other health issues. We previously posted about COVID-19-related employment issues; this post discusses sick leave more generally, but is...