News You Can Use - 2011 Q4
"Employment Law News"
California Employees Get Compensation for Each Break Missed in Day, Appellate Court Rules.
Under a California statute requiring employers that fail to provide mandatory rest and meal periods to pay workers an additional hour of pay for the missed breaks, workers who miss both a meal and a break period in a workday are entitled to receive two additional hours of pay—one for each break period missed, the California Court of Appeal ruled…
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SN 272 was signed by Governor Brown; this bill clarifies last year's paid bone marrow /organ donation leave law. That law requires employers to grant up to five days' paid leave for bone marrow donation and up to 30 days' paid leave for organ donation.
Key changes: The new bill clarifies a few things: the time off for bone marrow / organ donation leave is measured in "business days" rather than calendar days. The employer may require the employee to use up to five days of PTO for bone marrow leave and up to two weeks of PTO for organ donation leave. The 12 month period for measuring entitlement is "rolling" based on the date the leave is requested.