Joseph Beachboard

Q. We have an employee who claims he has a learning disability and needs accommodations. What kind of documentation can we ask for? And do we have to pay for a medical assessment?

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Q. An employee has asked to have his wife present during his performance evaluation. Does he have the right to bring a representative?

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Q. I am the HR director for a large company. We recently realized that we have not been providing nonexempt employees with any breaks during the day (other than a lunch break). What should we do?

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Q. One of our exempt employees has requested a partial day off to attend a religious service and contends that she should be paid for this time off as a “religious accommodation.” Is she correct?

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Q. When an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspector arrives at our workplace, must we allow him or her onto the premises?

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Q. Can we implement a provision on our sexual harassment policy that imposes discipline on employees who bring false harassment claims?

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Q. We want to fire a bad worker, and we don’t want to take an unemployment comp hit. Under California law, when can a terminated worker be denied unemployment benefits?

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Q. My company has a “use it or lose it” vacation policy. Is it lawful for employees who have not taken their vacations at the end of the calendar year to lose them if we have given our employees advance notice of our policy?

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Q. We have two employees who regularly fail to turn in their time cards on a timely basis. Can we hold off on paying them until they submit their time cards? Can we delay payment until the next pay period?

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Q. Many of our employees spend most of their time dealing with customers over the phone. For quality control purposes and to make sure workers aren’t making personal telephone calls, we would like to record the calls employees make on company telephones. Is that legal?

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