Joseph Beachboard

Q. I recently relocated my business to California from a foreign country. I heard that I am not allowed to smoke in my office. Is this true?

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Q. My wife and I run our own business. Are we required to obtain workers’ compensation coverage even though we have no employees?

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Q. Is our business required to continue to offer health benefits to our employees while they are out on family leave?

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Q. I recently discovered that an employee who handles company money has filed for bankruptcy. My concern is that if he was unable to handle his own finances, he may be untrustworthy with company finances. Can I discharge this employee?

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Q. Several of my employees have asked me about which holidays they have time off, and if that time will be paid. Do I have to give my employees any time off for holidays? If so, must it be paid time off?

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Q. I am in the process of interviewing candidates for an administrative position. This person would work very closely with me, and I need to trust him or her completely. Can I bring in a polygraph expert and use lie detector tests during the final interviews?

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Q. We suspect that one of our employees is a victim of domestic violence. What are the leave requirements for domestic violence victims under California law?

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Q. We recently started permitting one of our employees to telecommute on certain days of the week. We are concerned about tracking this employee’s hours. What wage-and-hour concerns should we consider for telecommuting employees?

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Q. With the upcoming presidential elections, conversation among our employees has increased concerning the candidates and their positions on certain issues. I overheard an employee supporting Donald Trump, a candidate who goes against all of my core beliefs. Can I tell him that any employee of mine cannot support Trump?

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Q. A former employee asked me to provide a reference to a prospective employer. While he left our company on good terms, he had lateness problems, his performance was substandard, and I was not fond of him. Can he sue me for giving him a bad reference?

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